if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing

African (Shona) proverb.

1998 J. C. SHUMAN & D. ROTTENBERG Rhythm of Business 11 I started this chapter with a saying from Zimbabwe: If you can walk/You can dance/If you can talk/You can sing.

1999 New York Times 17 Aug. (online) ‘The only thing I am interested to know is that they will be consistent,’ Mr. Leitao said. ‘I do believe if you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. When you learn to shift your weight then you learn about structure and form and then you put the melody in your body.’

2005 ‘Drums that Talk’ posting on http://www.bowdoin.edu 28 Mar. In West Africa, music is learned without notation and allows access to everyone, regardless of ability. Adzenyah embraces the inclusive nature of this music: ‘If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.’


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