Music in my head that I don't remember the I.D. of

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Please can I request that a moderator place this in the appropriate forum? I was divided between the Entertainment forum, and the Q&A forum, or whether neither forum was or was not appropriate.

Basically, I was at a close friend's house last night when for some unknown reason some music started playing in my head. Now, I had been plagued by music in my head for a long time and just got it to settle down. But the music I used to get stuck in my head was usually generic pop-culture stuff that my brain absorbed from TV, movies and other sources from my past, and it was always really jumbled up and not very clear.

This music was, however, not something I am used to hearing day-to-day (in fact I can't be sure where I have ever heard this song), and was incredibly clear leading me to think I've heard it before but it's been stored in my subconscious for so long. I could make out every syllable, every tune. It's not as clear now that I'm merely remembering it from yesterday, but at the time it was like it was playing in the room.

I'm looking for an I.D. to the song if anyone can help. I will try to describe it best I can though I understand if the description is inadequate.

It was like music you would hear if you were, for example, watching a documentary about wildlife on the African savannah or something about African cultures. The lyrics were all in another language, possibly an African language, so I couldn't tell you any of the words except one word (or a phrase) that was mentioned in nearly every line of the song - the pronunciation of the word or phrase was something like "sa-moa" or "sa-mua" or "sa-mwa". It even sounded as if that was what the song was about, the way they stressed that particular phrase it as they sang it.

The song was entirely sung, there was no instruments other than voices. First, a woman would sing - almost shout - a line of the song, using very little variation in notes (almost all one note except a few syllables which were varied slightly). Then, the choir would repeat what she said in song, sometimes add a little, sometimes miss out a little. Then the woman would shout out another line in the same way, which would be repeated less than accurately by the choir. Each line would have slightly different lyrics and have a slightly different tune.

The general feel of the music was very warm - very red - and it was sung in a major key.

Haha, at best, anyone able to direct me to a forum where I could ask this sort of thing and get a better result? Like a forum that specialises in music or something? I'll be looking for one and posting it around other places too.
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grins, I have been getting that a lot lately, certain songs just rise up and it takes a while to get the song, it comes tho, you can do it - these are trigger songs, unlock your soul ;)
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Goodness I nearly forgot about this topic. Music's still been on my mind a lot, I can't seem to distract my mind away from it...

Thanks for the reply. Were the ones you got songs you couldn't remember where you heard them either, and were they crystal clear? Just curious. I don't understand though what you mean by this possibly being a trigger song... trigger for/of what?
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well I think there are certain subconscious locks in the brain and music or certain tones seem to unlock them. In the same token I think some tones can be used to lock up the brain. Lately I have been getting lot of old music pop into my head - music I haven't listened to for around 20 years. That was a time for me where I went through a lot of emotional trauma and so I think these songs are coming forwards a way for me to unlock that trauma and let it go. This is my theory on it.
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it might be more than just the brain too, perhaps the heart, most of my work lately has been on opening up the heart more and I believe the brains plays second fiddle to the heart as the heart is the largest EM generator in the body.
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One of my favorite African Choir songs is "Homeless" by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Good luck with your search!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVLu16lU4iI&feature=PlayList&p=487A3490967E4E01&index=4
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