In their cultural notes in Sing Chinese
, Cindy Mao and Ma Baolin explain that many of China's 55 national minorities have their own unique lullabies. The Lisu nationality, numbering about half a million, lives in a mountainous region of north-western Yunnan Province. This Lisu nationality lullaby has the distinctive character of the music of Southwest China. The lyrics show that the mothers of Lisu nationality carry their babies on their backs while they work.
This song is not only a delight to sing, (very Chinese for my taste) but also lends itself well to a recorder/concertina combination.