Grenadilla

Grenadilla

 New Paltz, New York, USA
BandWorldChildren's Music


Layered voices textured with Kwela flavored rhythms, up-beat melodies, a touch of Cape Town jive and a hint of the blues.

Arabella Angelique #1 on XM Radio's Kids Place Live!

New CD 'Can;t Wait' to be released March 6th, 2012.

Biography

There are few happier kinds of music on Earth than Kwela, the irresistibly upbeat indigenous South African style marked by joyful, bubbly rhythms and birdlike pennywhistles. “In Cape Town, kwela was the music of the street, so it was always around,” says Grenadilla founder and songwriter Debbie Lan, who was born and raised in the South African coastal city.

Started in 2009, Grenadilla is a multi-voiced, kwela-based collective whose sound makes for the perfect family music.
On stage and on its self titled debut, the band stirs up a jubilant, worldly hullabaloo that’s unique.
“It’s family friendly music, for sure, but it’s definitely not just for little kids,” says Debbie Lan, band leader and songwriter. “So many parents who’ve bought our music tell us they love it so much they listen to it in their car themselves-even when their kids aren’t around.”
Grenadilla (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit) offers lively, uplifting sing-along gems that defy kids and their moms, dads, friends, and grandparents not to throw up their hands, move their hips, stomp their feet, sing out loud, and join the jol (party).
Positive, message-bearing songs like the self-explanatory, piano-fueled “Be Yourself”, the playful, lively “Arabella Angelique”, which went to #1 on XM Radio’s Kids Place Live! 13 under 13 chart, the optimistic and future classic “Peace will come”, and of course, the group’s infectious version of the Zulu traditional “Babethandeza” (“Grandmother”), all tap into the same sunny “township” vibe.

In addition to Debbie (who’s worked with Robbie Dupree, Orleans’s John Hall, Dog on Fleas among others) on lead vocal, piano and pennywhistle, Grenadilla’s members include Jodi Palinkas and Leah Glennon on vocals and pennywhistle, Annemarie Callan, Brittany Sacash and Natasha Williams on vocals.

Grenadilla has performed at a variety of venues, including the Great Hudson River Revival Clearwater Festival, The Pines Theatre, The Children’s Music Festival, The Rosendale Theater, Joe’s Pub, Marbletown Multi-Arts and The Rosendale Street Festival.

Lyrics

Be Yourself

Written By: Debbie Lan

Be Yourself

Too much hiding
Looking over your shoulder
Watching others, wondering who is watching you
Second guessing
Disbelieving
Even when the evidence is right in front of you

Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself
No-one else, no-one else
Be yourself

What will she say?
What will he do?
Will they like me if I’m not the same as them?
Why do you worry?
It’s so easy
This is something you could do if you want to have a friend

Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself
No-one else, no-one else
Be yourself

Be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself
Be yourself
Be yourself
No-one else, no-one else
Be yourself

To All the World

Written By: Debbie Lan

To all the World

Electric light and candleflame
All the world to all the world
The horses tail, the lion’s mane
Belong to all the world

Kangaroos and snakes and whales
All the world to all the world
Strawberries, avocado, kale
Belong to all the world

There’s left and right and in between
So many shades of blue and green
A hundred million voices who belong
To all the world

Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
All the world to all the world
Thoughts and feelings, ideas and dreams
Belong to all the world

There’s left and right and in between
So many shades of blue and green
A hundred million voices who belong
To all the world

All the world
To All the World
Belong to all the world

We all belong
We all belong

All the world
To All the world
Belong to all the world
The world

Waiting for the Bus

Written By: Debbie Lan

Waiting for the Bus

I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for you to come home

I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for you to come home

Who are you
You are my loved one
Who are you
You are my loved one
Who are you
You are my loved one
Waiting for you to come home

Who are you
You are my loved one
Who are you
You are my loved one
Who are you
You are my loved one
Waiting for you to come home

I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
Oh I’m waiting for the bus
Waiting for you to come home

The Family Song

Written By: Debbie Lan

The Family Song

I was standing in the ocean with my spirit beating fast
I was holding your hand in my hand
Your hand in mine
I was standing with my feet in the water
I wanted it to last
I was holding your hand in my hand
Your hand in mine

Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family

We were jumping over the waves as they broke upon the shore
I was holding your hand in my hand
Your hand in mine
We were fooling around in the wavy waters on the Indian Ocean floor
I was holding your hand in my hand
Your hand in mine

Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family
Oh we’re a family

Swimming together in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean
Swimming together in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean

I was watching the sunset beyond the blue horizon
Your hand in mine

Arabella Angelique

Written By: Debbie Lan

Arabella Angelique

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday
Ate on Saturday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go

Arabella Angelique

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday
Ate on Saturday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go

Arabella Angelique

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Arabella Angelique
Walked right into the middle of the week
Skipped over Monday
Hopped over Tuesday
Landed in the middle of Wednesday and Thursday
Slept on Friday
Ate on Saturday

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know

Oh where you gonna go
Sundays here and you just don’t know
Oh where you gonna go

Peace wil come

Written By: Debbie Lan

Peace will come

If we practice kindness
If we practice love
If we practice service
Peace will come

If we practice honesty
If we practice joy
If we practice unity
Peace will come
Peace will come

If we practice understanding
If we practice truth
If we practice justice
Peace will come
Peace will come
Oh peace will come

We welcome peace in
We welcome love in
We welcome kindness
We welcome giving
We welcome sharing
We welcome peacefulness

If we practice spirit
If we practice bliss
If we practice evolution
Peace will come
Peace will come



Stir it all up

Written By: Debbie Lan

Stir it all up

Many things to do
Many things to be
Many songs to sing
Many sights for all to see
Many hearts to love
Many feet to dance
Colors, textures, flavors
Everybody, take a chance and

Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot and stir it all up
Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot, give it all you’ve got

All of us together
One of us alone
Traveling round the world
Staying put right here at home
Laughing crying people
Right side upside down
Very still and quiet
Jumping up, running around

Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot and stir it all up
Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot, give it all you’ve got

Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot and stir it all up
Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot, give it all you’ve got

Stir it all up, stir it all up
Put it in the pot and stir it all up

Shalala lala

Written By: Debbie Lan

Shalala lala

Do you remember the day?
I remember the day we met
I will never forget oh

Do you remember the words?
I remember the words you said
They are still in my head oh

You asked me to talk with you
To walk with you

And I said
I am ready
I am ready to go
I am ready to go with you
I am ready
I am ready to go
To go with you

And we say
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo

Do you remember the song?
I remember we sang a song
The whole night long oh

Do you remember the laughter?
I remember the smile on your face
A sweet embrace oh

You asked me to dance with you
Romance with you

And I said
I am ready
I am ready to go
I am ready to go with you
I am ready
I am ready to go
To go with you

Oh yeah
I am ready
I am ready to go
I am ready to go with you
I am ready
I am ready to go
To go with you

Shalala lala la oo oo oo oo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo

Shalala lala la oo oo oo oo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo
Shalala lala la woo woo woo woo

Shalala lala

The Stone

Written By: Debbie Lan

The Stone

Give me a stone and I will throw it in the river
Give me a river, and I will throw a stone in

Tell me a tale that has no ending
I’ll sing a song that never will begin

On and on and on
Finding our way home

The sky above can shape and mirror the oceans
Just like your eyes reflect my beating heart

Breathing in is opening up to receiving
breathing out is how the new breath starts

On and on and on
Finding our way home
On and on and on
Finding our way home

Discography

Grenadilla - self titled debut CD. Track 6, Arabella Angelique went to #1 on Xm Radio's Kids Place Live! 13 under 13 charts.

Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti - Arabella Angelique included on this compliation.

New CD - 'Can't Wait" - released March 2012.

Neighbour to Neighbour - 'Smiling' included on this compilation to benefit Hurricane Sandy vicitms, released
December 2012.