Funga Alafia


Funga alafia,
ashay, ashay (repeat)


Apparently, the more accurate spelling of “funga” is “fanga,” and “ashay” is “asé” (source).
Fanga = “talking drum” in northern Liberia
Alafia = “health” in Yoruba (Nigeria)
Asé = Let it be so, or the English word “amen” in Yoruba (Nigeria)

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  • Printable & Digital Rhythm Visual

  • Song with chords, Orff Arrangement with Recorder Part (notes G, A, C’), Student copies
  • MIDI file
  • Listen

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6 thoughts on “Funga Alafia”

  1. Hi Beth!
    Do you have sheet music for the first Funga Alafia video? It sounds cool, but I’d love to see it!


    1. Hi Angie!

      I don’t have this Orff arrangement. It looks like it was part of an Orff 2 training class, so someone must own the rights to this arrangement. Maybe it’s even published somewhere. Sorry I can’t be of more help!


  2. Hi! There is some new information about the origins of this song and while it uses words from various west African countries and is in a style reminiscent of west African musical styles it is an American composed song. It’s still a great song to use, but the origins should be noted. It’s a great alternative for Lil’ Liza Jane as that song has been used and published as a Minstrel show song.

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