Lyrics - Bambara

Folk song from Burkina Faso)

Mami lo lo lo
Mamiwata lolo
Mami lo lo lo
Mamiwata lolo
Kata sin franta
Kata di franta
Kata Komiséria
Mama béna OK

English Translation - Mermaid

The little mermaid
was bored underwater
She went up to the surface to pick up cowries* on the sand
Arrested by the police, her grandmother had her released because
The cowries belong to the sea
and that the little mermaid is princess of the sea
All’s well that ends well

* Small shells that were used as currency in Africa

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

Share this post

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top