Lingmarra — Australian Aboriginal Chant arr. by Balang T. E. Lewis

I love gathering my communities of singers together with this beautiful chant. I learned it from one of my sisters on the path of song leading, Maggie Wheeler, whose source was the Melbourne Millennium Choir.

Origin notes paraphrased from Melanie Shanahan, MMC choir director: Lingmarra is an Aboriginal song from Arnhem Land and the words are a phonetic translation of “Let us all come together” in a non-descript Aborigine language. There are so many different tongues in the Northern Territories that it was too hard for all of them to be spoken or translated so they used a language that the heart would understand instead. One person would begin the round while sitting at a fire in the middle of an area central to all the tribes and one by one, others would join until everyone was present.

Lyrics:
Lingmarra lingmarra gumba
Lingmarra lingmarra gumba
Lingmarra lingmarra gumba

This chant is in the public domain.

More about its history can be found here: The Story of ‘Lingmarra’ and the CMVic Network