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Banana Boat Song


Banana Boat Song

Advanced Calypso syncopated rhythms, ascending dominant seventh arpeggio, descending tonic octave skip, and a minor sixth in this call and response selection.




Banana Boat Song

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Jamaica, Folk Song, Calypso Work Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AABBCCAA, verse/refrain, call/response
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/ ta/a/ | ti ti ti ta/a/ |
 syncopation | ti ta ta ta ti | syncopation | ti ta ta/a/ | syncopation | ta ti ti ti ti ta | ti ti ta ta/a | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ta ta ti ti ta |
  • Pitches: advanced: so ti do re mi fa so la ti do extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: do\so (P4), so\mi (m3), mi\do/mi\do (M3), mi/do (m6), ascending dominant seventh arpeggio fa\re\ti\so (GM7), so/do (P5), descending octave skip do\do (P8),
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; syncopated rhythms, ascending dominant seventh arpeggio GM7, descending octave skip, D. C. al Fine, Fine, call/response
  • Key Words: Jamaica, Calypso, dock workers song, banana workers song, daylight comes and work is done, counting banana bunches, tally man: contractions: han’ (hand), wanna (want to), ‘til (until)

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