** all-ages folk and children's music from east asia **

This popular Japanese children’s song is often sung while playing with a bouncing ball. The title Anta Gata Doko Sa means “where are you from?” The first half is an answer to that question (“I am from Higo.” “Where is Higo?” “It is in Kumamoto. It is in Senba.”), and the second half describes the tannuki, a raccoon-like creature that roams around Mount Senba. How many songs can claim to cover this kind of ground?

For this version, we added a verse answering this same question using Brooklyn and New York City. Many thanks to special guest Ikue Mori for adding electronics in the song, which sound to me like a futuristic bouncing ball and previously unheard of creatures. Leyna sings this one, joined by her son Masumi.

SONG LYRICS AND TRANSLATION

Leyna Marika Papach, vocals 
Masumi Kouakou, speaking 
Ikue Mori, electronics 
Masayo Ishigure, koto
Yoshi Waki, upright bass
David Cossin vibes
Colin Brooks, drums
Elena, vocals
 
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