Taba Naba

This 'sitting down dance' is from the Murray (Mer Island) which is the most easterly inhabited island of the Torres Strait Islands.

This traditional dance:

  • is very catchy!
  • is in extended do pentatony
  • is great for a quick dance where students don't even need to move to before they begin!
  • is syncopated.
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Kodály Analysis:

Taba Naba Theme: Multicultural Games: Dance
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: do Pentatonic CSP: B Age: Middle Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: m low s low l low d finalis r m s Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m low s low l low d ; r d l low ; l low r ; r m s ; s m r d finalis ; d r d ; d l low s low ; s low m low


Origin: Murray (Mer) Island in the Torres Strait Islands; 'Sit Down Song'
Source: Middle Years Music Education: Music for the Heart, Body, Spirit and Mind DVD

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