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Thread #151170   Message #3895844
Posted By: GUEST,email to Joe from Donna Halper
26-Dec-17 - 03:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Tina Singu
Subject: RE: Origins: Tina Singu
A long long time ago, back in 2013, your site had a thread about the
song "Tina." Nobody seemed to have accurate lyrics for it. I always
liked it when I first heard it as the B side to "The Lion Sleeps
Tonight," but I too couldn't figure out what they were saying. So,
imagine my surprise to find the lyrics in the November 1960 edition of
Song Hits magazine (p. 17) under the title "Watcha." The magazine
attributes the lyrics to Bob Hider, Norrie O'Neil, and Bev Galloway, but
I wonder if they just adapted it into English. Anyway, the lyrics are
listed with a 1960 Northern Music Corp. copyright:

Tina singuo leluo votaio,

Watcha, Watcha, Watcha.

Tina singuo leluo votaio,

Watcha, watcha, watcha ... etc (I can print it all out, but you get the

Anyway, thought you'd want another piece to be added to the mystery
surrounding this song, which certainly does sound like something from
Africa (one of the folks in the 2013 thread said Basutoland in South
Africa)-- I noticed on the Hal Leonard music publishing site, they say
it's a folk song from the Sotho (actually it's Sesotho, I believe)
language, but they credit it to several other songwriters. Go figure.

Anyway, thought somebody might still be interested!

Donna L. Halper, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Lesley University, Cambridge MA
media historian, former broadcaster