Linstead Market – Learning Tracks

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A very catchy folksong from Jamaica which I remember singing at school maybe possibly thanks to Johnny Morris and Singing Together? It was very popular when we performed it at our concert last year.  We are very lucky to have a Jamaican born Soprano who helped us with pronunciation and the translation of some of the words – here is a short guide for you:-
Ackee – The national fruit of Jamaica, has a creamy texture, often cooked with saltfish
Quatty – A coin equivalent to a penny or a cent.
dem tan – “They are”
nyam gran – “tastes good”
The opening set up with the Bass and Tenor starting together and Alto following on doesn’t have to be sung every time as a link – you can go straight into the verses if you like, but we found it a useful way to gather thoughts and change the dynamic each time.  We also repeated the final chorus although the learning tracks here do not do this.
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