Tape des Mains

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What a super-fun rhythm piece from the Congo! The best way to experience this is to play the YouTube video (below) and have the students play along. (You could also play any 4/4 rhythm track and say the instructions yourself.) The 3-page transcription is available for download below.

Lyrics - French

(Congolese nursery rhyme)

Tape des mains!
Et maintenant les pieds,
Tape des pieds!
Et chauffe tambour!
On recommence!
Tape des mains!
Tape des pieds!
Plus fort!
Et chauffe tambour!
Et maintenant plus difficile,
Attention, c’est parti!
Tape des mains! Tape des pieds! (repeat several times)
Encore!
Tape des mains! Tape des pieds! (repeat several times)
Ne t’arrĂȘtes pas, Allez!
Tape des mains! Tape des pieds! (repeat several times)
Plus fort!
Bravo!
Tu n’es pas fatiguĂ©?
Chauffe tambour!

English Translation - Clap your hands

Clap your hands!
And now your feet!
Stomp your feet!
And ready drum!
We start again!
Clap your hands!
Stomp your feet!
Louder!
And ready drum!
And now more difficult,
Attention, Let’s go!
Clap your hands! Stomp your feet! (repeat several times)
Again!
Clap your hands! Stomp your feet! (repeat several times)
Don’t stop! Let’s go!
Clap your hands! Stomp your feet! (repeat several times)
Louder!
Bravo!
Are you tired?
Ready drum!

See also

YouTube

  • Printable & Digital Visuals
  • Notated chant, Lesson ideas for Rhythm (Quarter Notes, Quarter & Half Rests) (PDF)

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