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Thread #151170   Message #3525883
Posted By: Joe Offer
13-Jun-13 - 02:10 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Tina Singu
Subject: Origins: Tina (sung by Weavers)
I've always liked the Weavers recording of this song. It's on their Classics CD, and on the Vanguard Wasn't That a Time collection. They sing over and over again: ...or at least that's what I hear.

I looked in my two Weavers songbooks and my two Pete Seeger songbooks, and didn't find it.
Here's another post on the song:
But does anybody know the true lyrics and background information for this song? attributes the song to Marion Roberts, and says it's on the Vanguard Weavers at Home album. describes "Tina" as a "Wimoweh"-like song sung in the Xhosa language.
YouTube Video (click)

I've found recordings by The Folksmiths (Joe Hickerson), the Chad Mitchell Trio, and of course by the Weavers. Pete Seeger recorded it as "Tina Singu." There's an inspired recording of this song under the title "Watsha" by the Guelph Youth Singers. I think the Kingston Trio may also have recorded the song, but I couldn't find that recording.