African Numbers

by African Treehouse

/
1.
03:03
2.
03:18
3.
4.
03:47
5.
03:15
6.
7.
04:29
8.
03:37
9.
10.
11.
12.
03:30

about

South African Music Award (SAMA) winner 2011 "Best English Kiddie's CD"!

From the team that brought you ‘The African Alphabet’ and ‘Stories from the Alphabet Tree’ comes another delightful kids CD, ‘African Numbers’.

Take one sheep and multiply it by fourteen. Now add a taxi, five musical instruments, a shongololo and some rulers and erasers. Next, throw them into a large, three-legged African pot, add some herbs and spices from the market. What do you get? A truly African stew of songs about numbers.

Once again the fabulous Relebogile ‘Lebo’ Mabotja has added her warm, friendly confidence to the equation. Her silky smooth voice will creep into your heart, and leave you wanting more. Kelly Petlane also returns with his soulful melodies on sax, flute & penny whistle, and so too does Elise Coutts-Trotter and her
wonderful Redhill School kids.

This album has a new addition in the multitalented
Concord Nkabinde whose grooving, swinging African bass and backing vocals have added a touch of magic to the songs.

African Treehouse's first offering, ‘The African Alphabet’, has been embraced as an invaluable teaching tool in the classroom, and ‘African Numbers’ is sure to follow suit.

The new CD presents songs about numbers in such a fun way, kids won't even know they're learning!

credits

released October 1, 2010

Lead Vocals: Relebogile "Lebo" Mabotja
Backing Vocals: Erika Strydom & Concord Nkabinde
Sax, flute & pennywhistle: Kelly Petlane
Guitars: Graeme Sacks
Bass: Concord Nkabinde (Concord uses Lakland Basses, Elixir Strings & Markbass Amps)

Conductor/Choir master: Elise Coutts-Trotter
Redhill Kids:
Maiya Daniels Harvey
Shaun Ryan Meiring
Bianca Coutts-Trotter
Katherine Hathorn
Emma Pringle
Mark Andrew King
Sabrina Kezia Rampini
Kirsty Ann McCullock

All compositions, arrangements, programming, productions & engineering by Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom
All songs in Manuscript

Cover design: Wiehan de Jager

Visit our website for lyrics & other goodies:
www.africantreehouse.com
info@africantreehouse.com

We'd love to hear from you!

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

African Treehouse Johannesburg, South Africa

"African Treehouse" is an ongoing project to bring African music to kids around the world. Top South African musicians appear on the albums including: Relebogile "Lebo" Mabotja, Concord Nkabinde and Kelly Petlane.
"African Treehouse" is the brainchild of the SAMA (South African Music Award) winning team of Graeme Sacks and Erika Strydom.
... more

contact / help

Contact African Treehouse

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Big Numbers
Big Numbers
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
Big numbers are amazing they’re astounding they’re fun.
From the deepest darkest ocean, to the distance from the sun.
Impress your friends and neighbours with super number facts
From ordinary things, to the weird and abstract.

Verse
How far is the sun, from the earth?
149.6 million kilometers
How far is the moon from the earth?
Around Three hundred and eighty thousand kilometers

Chorus
Big numbers are amazing they’re astounding they’re fun.
From the deepest darkest ocean, to the distance from the sun.
Impress your friends and neighbours with super number facts
From ordinary things, to the weird and abstract.

INSTRUMENTAL

Verse
What’s the longest river in the world?
The Nile and it is Six thousand, six hundred and fifty kilometers long.
What’s the highest mountain in Africa?
Kilimanjaro and it’s five thousand eight hundred and ninety five meters tall.

Chorus
Big numbers are amazing they’re astounding they’re fun.
From the deepest darkest ocean, to the distance from the sun.
Impress your friends and neighbours with super number facts
From ordinary things, to the weird and abstract.

Interlude
There are more than 6 ½ Billion people on the earth
The cheetah is the fastest animal and runs at a speed of up to 115 kilometers p/h
The deepest point in the ocean is ten thousand, nine hundred and twenty four meters.
The earth is over 4.5 billion years old
There are one million one hundred and fifteen thousand, two hundred and five km of railway lines in the
world
My dad says my mom has more pairs of shoes in her cupboard than all the stars in the heavens put
together. ha ha ha!

Chorus
Big numbers are amazing they’re astounding they’re fun.
From the deepest darkest ocean, to the distance from the sun.
Impress your friends and neighbours with super number facts
From ordinary things, to the weird and abstract.
From ordinary things, to the weird and abstract.
From the totally mundane, to the weird and abstract.
Track Name: My Band
My Band
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
How many people are in my band?
How many can you count?
All the different instruments in my band
Playing in a group to make a beautiful sound

The drums are thumping, they’re setting a groove
The hi-hat’s swinging and it’s making us move
And now a catchy rhythm on the big tom-tom
......the drums are the heartbeat of our song

Chorus

The bass is driving that shuffle beat
It makes you wanna jump right out of your seat
It walks on the beat to make the music flow
..... The notes are deep and very low

(Bass guitar solo)
"Playing in a group to make a beautiful sound"

The rhythm guitar is chugging along
Chug, chug, chug, chugging to our song
That laid-back rhythm makes me feel so good
..... it has six strings and it’s made out of wood.
(Guitar solo)

The saxophone lets out a wail
It’s pretty notes could never fail
To fly above the band, sweeping high & low
..... Wow that cat can really blow!
(Saxophone solo)

The singer stands in front of the band
The microphone is in her hand
She scats a soulful melody
..... Here we go come sing with me!

Chorus X2.... “five instruments in my band!"
Track Name: I Love Counting
I love counting
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
Can you count, can you count, can you count with me?
Give it a try, it’s easy you’ll see
Can you count, can you count, it can be such fun
1 2 3 4 5, 5 4 3 2 1

Stamp your feet once..."one"
Stamp you feet twice... "one two"
Stamp your feet once... "one"
Stamp you feet twice... "one two"

Bridge
I love counting, I can count to five,
to five, I can count to five

Chorus

Stamp you feet three times..."one two three"
Stamp you feet four times..."one two, three four"
Stamp you feet three times..."one two three"
Stamp you feet four times..."one two, three four"

Bridge

I love counting, I can count to five
to five, I can count to five

Chorus

Stamp you feet five times..."one two three four five"
Clap your hands five times..."one two three four five"
Stamp you feet five times..."one two three four five"
Clap your hands five times..."one two three four five"

Bridge (repeat)

I love counting, I can count to five
to five, I can count to five
Kids shout over the bridge: "1, 2, 3 4 5. 1 2 3, 4 5"
Track Name: Shongololo
Shongololo
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo (X2)

The shongololo crawls across the street,
Under the African sun.
The shongololo crawls across the street,
It has a thousand legs and its very long

Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo (X2)

The shongololo crawls across the street,
It’s body is shiny and black
The shongololo crawls across the street,
It rolls into a ball when it’s under attack.

(Sax solo )

How many legs does a shongololo have?
Kids: "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8"
How many legs does a shongololo have?
Kids: "9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16"
How many legs has a shongololo got?
It has hundreds and hundreds.
Kids: "Wow, that’s a lot!"

Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo (X2)

Shongololo isn’t it hard to walk?
Don’t you trip over your feet?
Shongololo isn’t it hard to walk?
While you’re crawling crawling crawling crawling across the street.

How many legs does a shongololo have?
Kids: "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8"
How many legs does a shongololo have?
Kids: "9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16"
How many legs has a shongololo got?
It has hundreds and hundreds.
Kids: "Wow, that’s a lot!"

Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo, Shongololo (repeat to fade)
Track Name: Mama B
Mama B
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
Mama B, has seven children
Seven children has she
She has to buy them, things for school
Let’s go count, with Mama B
Books, pencils, paper and glue
Shoes and jackets, lunch boxes too
Rulers, erasers, scissors and ties
These are the things that Mama B buys

Kids shout: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56

One times seven is seven
Two times seven, is fourteen
Three times seven, is twenty one
Four times seven is twenty eight

Chorus

Kids shout: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56

Five times seven is thirty five
Six times seven is forty two
Seven times seven is forty nine
Eight times seven is fifty six

1/2 Chorus

Kids shout: 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70

Nine time seven is sixty three
Ten times seven is seventy
Rulers, erasers, scissors and ties
These are the things that Mama B buys (X3)

(Kids shout over: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70)
Track Name: Little Shepherd
Little Shepherd
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
On a hot, dry, African day
The little shepherd boy sits in the shade
Of a big, big, baobab tree
Of a big, big, baobab tree
His twenty sheep are grazing all around
And sleepily he starts to count
On a hot, dry, African day
On a hot, dry, African day
He only counts fourteen, six are gone.
He starts to call their names, one by one

(instrumental)

" Look! There’s a tail sticking out from behind that bush."
It’s sheep number fifteen, he’s stuck, we’ll have to push

Chorus
On a hot, dry, African day
The little shepherd boy sits in the shade
Of a big, big, baobab tree
Of a big, big, baobab tree
Behind a tree, where can they be?
Upon a hill, down by the mill?
Oh where, can, the other sheep be?
Oh where, can, the other sheep be?
"Look! There’s another two standing on that rock"
"Let’s help them down and lead them to the flock"
"Look! There’s one drinking from the dam"
"Let’s go down and fetch, the little lamb."

Chorus
On a hot, dry, African day
The little shepherd boy sits in the shade
Of a big, big, baobab tree
Of a big, big, baobab tree
He has eighteen now, two more to go
He has to search, high and low
Oh where, can, the other sheep be?
Oh where, can, the other sheep be?

(instrumental)
"Look! There’s something behind the waterfall"
"Yay! It’s the last two, now we have them all"
His twenty sheep are grazing all around
They’re happy now, safe and sound
On a hot, dry, African day
On a hot, dry, African day
On a hot, dry, African day
On a hot, dry, African day
Track Name: Taxi
Taxi
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
We’re driving along,
In my taxi taking people to work
Come along and take a ride with me.
We’re driving along.

"Stop for Thabo, Stop for Thabo!"
Hello Thabo how are you, how are you doing today?
I now have one passenger, and we are on our way.
"Stop for Lindiwe, Stop for Lindiwe!"
Dumela Lindiwe how are you how are you doing today?
I now have two passengers, and we are on our way.

Chorus

"Stop for Gogo, stop for Gogo!"
Sowubona Ma, how are you how are you doing today?
I now have three passengers, and we are on our way.

(instrumental)

"Look there’s a family, a family of five!"
Sanibonani, how are you how are you doing today?
I now have eight passengers, and we are on our way.
"Look there’s John, John and his mom!"
Good morning how are you, how are you doing today?
I now have ten passengers, and we are on our way

Chorus

Bridge
Lets count all the people in my taxi:
Thabo plus Lindiwe, plus Gogo is three.
Add the family of five, & that gives us eight.
Then came John and his mom, and now we have ten

Chorus X2
We’re driving along (X 3)
Track Name: The Big 5
The Big 5
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
Kings of the bushveld
Strong and mighty
Far in the distance
See them coming

Interlude
"See the giant elephant, and the strong rhinoceros,
the leopard and the buffalo, hear the noble lion roar"
The Lion. Hear him roaring so loud
A hunter. So majestic and proud.

Chorus

The Elephant. So graceful and strong.
In Africa. This is where he belongs.
Rhinoceros. You can come to no harm.
Your armour, is so thick and so strong.

Chorus

Interlude
"See the giant elephant, and the strong rhinoceros,
the leopard and the buffalo, hear the noble lion roar"
The Leopard. Running fast as the wind.
A predator. With spots on his skin.
A Buffalo. Coming over the plain.
A herbivore. At the top of the chain.

Chorus
Track Name: The African Market
The African Market
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
The African market is bustling today
With people on every street
I’m taking my basket; I have some change
I’m going to get something to eat

"Bananas, bananas, get your fresh bananas
Only three rand a bunch
Bananas, bananas, get your fresh bananas
Perfect for a really good lunch"
How many things are in my basket?
How many can you see?
"One! One bunch of bananas"
A bunch of bananas for me.

Chorus

"Peanuts, peanuts why don’t you get some peanuts?
Only three rand a pack
Peanuts, peanuts why don’t you get some peanuts?
Perfect for an afternoon snack"
How many things are in my basket?
How many can you see?
"Two! Bananas and peanuts"
And they’re all, just for me

Chorus

"Honey, honey, why don’t you get some honey?
It’s a really nice treat.
Honey, honey, some sticky golden honey
Honey makes everything sweet."
How many things are in my basket?
How many can you see?
"Three! A bunch of bananas, a packet of peanuts, a bottle of honey
And all just for me."

(instrumental)

"Spices, spices, get your herbs and spices
To sprinkle on top of your food.
Spices, spices, get your herbs and spices
Makes everything taste really good."
How many things are now in my basket?
How many can you see?
"Four! A bunch of bananas, a packet of peanuts, a bottle of honey, herbs & spices"
And it’s all just for me!
Chorus
The African market is bustling today
With people on every street
I’ve bought all my food now I’m on my way home
Come over! I’m having a feast!
Track Name: Professor Owl
Professor Owl
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Chorus
There’s a school in the bush, where little animals go
With a wise old owl teaching them all that they should know
“Good morning class”,
“good morning Professor Owl”
Today we will learn about collective nouns

Professor Owl cleared his throat and asked:
“what do we call a group of baboons, class?”
Right at the back, a little paw went up
“It’s called a troup” said the little lion cub.
And what do we call a group of giraffe?
“A herd” said the little hyena with a laugh.

Chorus

A troupe of baboons, A herd of giraffe, A swarm of bees, An army of ants
A pride of lions, A parliament of owls, A school of fish,
A clutch of chicks

With his glasses on his nose, the Professor asked “And what do we call a group of bees, class?”
Little Tilley tortoise stuck her head out of her shell
“A swarm, sir!” the little tortoise yelled
“And what do we call a group of ants?”
“An army!” said the little meerkat clapping his hands.

Chorus

The professor tapped his desk with his stick & asked
“And what do we call a group of lions, class?”
Little Sally Snake, hissed the answer
“It’s called a pride, ssssschool master”
“And what do we call, a group of owls?”
“A parliament sir!” the whole class yelled.

A flock of birds, A pack of wolves, a school of fish, A colony of frogs
A litter of puppies, a herd of zebra, a gaggle of geese,
A slither of snakes
A troupe of baboons, A herd of giraffe, A swarm of bees, An army of ants
A pride of lions, A parliament of owls, A school of fish,
A clutch of chicks
A flock of birds, A pack of wolves, a school of fish, A colony of frogs
A litter of puppies, a herd of zebra, a gaggle of geese,
A slither of snakes

Chorus
Track Name: Three Legged African Pot
Three Legged African Pot
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

We’re making an African stew
In our three legged African pot
An iron pot as black as the night
We stir to the left and we stir to the right
We’re making an African stew
In our three legged African pot

We’re making a fire tonight
We’re making a fire so bright
We sit in a circle, feeling the glow
Our African stew is cooking so slow
In our three legged African pot,
In our three legged African pot

Chorus
One two three, One two three, Stir to the left
One two three, One two three, Stir to the right
Stir to the left, Stir to the right

We’re stirring our stew for supper tonight
In our three legged African pot,
In our three legged African pot

(instrumental)

We’re making an African stew
In our three legged African pot
We’re clapping and dancing and singing our song
We listen to stories of heroes so strong
The pot starts to boil, the foods almost done
Cooking our stew has been such great fun
In our three legged African pot,
In our three legged African pot

Chorus
One two three, One two three, Stir to the left
One two three, One two three, Stir to the right
Stir to the left, Stir to the right
We’re stirring our stew for supper tonight
In our three legged African pot
In our three legged African pot
...In our three legged African pot
Track Name: My Day
My Day
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom

Verse 1
I get up at six o’clock
Brush my teeth and wash my face
Breakfast is at half past six
Catch the bus, hope I’m not late

Verse 2
School starts at seven sharp
We’re working hard ‘till half past ten
Grab your lunch box lets go play
‘Till we start our class again

Chorus
Sixty, Sixty
Seconds in a minute, minute, minute
Counting, counting,
Seconds in a minute, minute, minute
(X2)

Verse 3
School was fun it’s time to go
Catch the bus at one fifteen
Mom is waiting with some lunch
Wash my hands so they are clean

Verse 4
Homework time at three o’clock
Reading books and doing sums
Five o’clock go out to play
Wait for daddy, here he comes!

Chorus
Sixty, Sixty
Minutes in an hour, hour, hour
Counting, counting
Minutes in an hour, hour, hour
(X2)

Verse 5
Supper time at half past six
We all sit down to eat our food
I help mom with washing up
I still have a lot to do

Verse 6
Bath time is at eight o’clock
Almost time to go to sleep
Dad reads from my favourite book
I close my eyes and count the sheep

Chorus
Sixty, Sixty
Seconds in a minute, minute, minute
Counting, counting,
Seconds in a minute, minute, minute
Sixty, Sixty
Minutes in an hour, hour, hour
Counting, counting
Minutes in an hour, hour, hour
Kids shout: “Twenty four hours in my day!”