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Àl là gà zam
Additional title: A Zulu coon of great renown came over here one day. [first line]
Additional title: Àlàgàzam was all dis Zulu coon could say and then he'd walk but wouldn't talk. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Àlàgàzam. [alternative title]
Rosenfeld, Monroe H. (Lyricist)
Metz, Theodore A. (1848-1936 ) (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Place: New york
Publisher: Willis Woodward & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Poor African Americans
Marches (Voice with piano)
Content: On cover: Zulu march song and chorus.
Content: Summary: A Zulu man immigrates to the United States and meets with an African American musical band but can only speak the word "Àlàgàzam"; they try to teach him English but all he said was that word as he played the bass drum; one day another Zulu immigrant thinks he recognizes the first, but the first is only able to respond with Àllàgàzam.
Statement of responsibility: words by Monroe H. Rosenfeld ; music by Theo. A. Metz.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 33 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cd7f04b0-c591-012f-7e67-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1897: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Àl là gà zam" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6fdbb4a3-4142-82f4-e040-e00a180615bd

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Àl là gà zam" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6fdbb4a3-4142-82f4-e040-e00a180615bd

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1897). Àl là gà zam Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6fdbb4a3-4142-82f4-e040-e00a180615bd

Wikipedia Citation

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Àl là gà zam