African Noel

Today’s song is “African Noel” or “Sing Noel,” because I did Christmas in South Africa Lesson Plans over at FreshPlans, and this song is popular in South Africa. The tune appears to be from “Banuwa Yo,” a Liberian song. We sang this as “Sing Noel” in school when I was a child, I think, so the use of the Christmas lyrics to this tune has been around for quite a while, but I haven’t found an explanation of how the words and music got hooked up.

Never mind — it’s fun to sing, either by yourself or with a group.