African Praise Songs nhetembo dzemadzinza (Praise Song) Different tribes and regions have different names for the praise song. This one is from the Shona of Zimbabwe
African Praise Songs African names carry stories of who you are, where you're coming from, and what you've been through, so that you and others can "know" you.
African Praise Songs • If you were born in Africa, you may be taught a self-naming chant, which might tell some of the details of your life. Such as… • Where you were born • Who your family is • What you look like • Important experiences in your life • Among many others
They Can Be Brief! Born under a cloudy sky The second among three Green and blonde Lover of animals Nikki
Matt’s Praise poem I am the son of John and Debbie. Brother to one sister. Born into a family of immigrants. While only 5’,7”, I sit center stage amongst the crowd. I’m athletic but artistic, strong but understanding. Friendly, shy, intelligent, and strong willed. Blessed with courageous parents, diligently saving the world, who constantly guide me to do the right thing. I love my family, pets and drum sticks. There’s much that I know, yet so much to learn. I will be successful, I will survive, and I can achieve anything. They Can Be Long!
Writing Praise Poems • While Praise Poems are traditionally about people, they can also be used to descriptively write about about other nouns. You could write a praise poem about… • An animal • Nature • A pen, pencil or piece of paper • A friend • And many, many more. Your imagination is your limit!
Parts of the Body Arm and HandArm, shoulder is bigArm, separates at the elbowFist is smallFingers lengthyPalm is striatedFingers, each with three phalanges.
Abilities or Disabilities BlindnessMorning darkness, evening darkness Always, always.
Animals Starting life small and wee Bushy tail, bushy tail Jumping from tree to tree Bushy tail, bushy tail Finding nuts, happy and glee Bushy tail, bushy tail In winter nestled, very cozy Bushy tail, bushy tail • Notice therepeating line. This also makes a poem a response poem. One group or person could read the main lines and the other group or person could respond with the repeating line.