Oleo

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Oleo

I learned this song from Maggie Wheeler of Golden Bridge Chorus.┬áIt’s a call-and-response women’s working song from Ghana that has traveled through singing and drumming circles worldwide. An easy teach and a joy to sing.

Composer & Copyright

This song is in the public domain.

Recording

This was a quick and fun recording done impromtu and live with Lisa G. Littlebird and friends in the winter of 2019. A parts track for the melody (middle part) is not included here, as that part simply echoes the caller throughout. The individual part tracks for the high and low harmonies are very abbreviated, to demonstrate the part one time through.

Lyrics

Oleo
O-le-o-le-o-le-o-la-la
O-le-o-la-la

Hey o-le-o, hey o-la-la

Teaching Notes

This song can be sung melody-only with almost no teaching, as it is call-and-response. To add interest, add the high harmony, and if you want a full choral sound add the low harmony too.

3

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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