A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 28, 2019
“Hakuna Fermata. It means keep playing for the rest of your days”

"Hakuna Fermata. It means keep playing for the rest of your days” is a jocular music saying that has been printed on many images.  “Hakuna matata” is Swahili for “no worries.” The song ”Hakuna Matata” was in the Disney animated movie The Lion King (1995).

“Fermata” is also known as a hold, pause, colloquially a birdseye or cyclops eye, or as a grand pause. “Hakuna fermata… It means keep playing” was posted on Twitter by Trinia Medrano on October 10, 2013. “Hakuna Fermata It means keep playing for the rest of your days” was posted on Twitter by BandKid on April 10, 2014.

Other “Hakuna matata” jokes include “Hakuna Ma’Coffee. It means no worries. I’ll just drink coffee for the rest of the day,” “Hakuna Ma’Vodka. It means no memories,” “Hakuna Mimosa. It means it’s brunchtime” and “Hakuna Moscato. It means drink wine.” “What did Simba (The Lion King) order for brunch?"/"A tuna frittata” is a related joke.


Wikipedia: Hakuna matata
“Hakuna matata” is a Swahili phrase; translated, it roughly means “No worries”. It is formed by the words hakuna (there is not here) and matata (plural form of problem). The phrase has been popularized by its use in The Lion King (in which it is translated as “no worries” in a song named after the phrase), so that it is heard often at resorts, hotels, and other places appealing to the tourist trade. The phrase is in more common use in Zanzibar and Kenya. The phrase is uncommon among native speakers of Swahili in Tanzania, who prefer the phrase “hamna shida” in the north and “hamna tabu” in the south.

Wikipedia: Fermata
A fermata (Italian: [ferˈmaːta]; “from fermare, to stay, or stop”; also known as a hold, pause, colloquially a birdseye or cyclops eye, or as a grand pause when placed on a note or a rest) is a symbol of musical notation indicating that the note should be prolonged beyond the normal duration its note value would indicate. Exactly how much longer it is held is up to the discretion of the performer or conductor, but twice as long is common. It is usually printed above but can be occasionally below (when it is upside down) the note to be extended.

Twitter
Trinia Medrano
@triniamed247
Hakuna fermata… It means keep playing.. smile
7:19 PM · Oct 10, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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MissDrumMajor
@RatchetDirector
Hakuna Fermata!! It means keep playing!!
6:31 PM · Oct 11, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Jessica J-Mil Miller
@jmilcreative
Joke of the day that won the approval of my 5th grade piano student/writing consultant: “Hakuna fermata.. it means no fermata.”
1:18 AM · Nov 4, 2013·Twitter for Android

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BandKid
@TheRealBandKid
Hakuna Fermata
It means keep playing for the rest of your days
9:22 PM · Apr 10, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Mattie 💞
@MattieJane_005
@TheRealBandKid
: Hakuna Fermata It means keep playing for the rest of your days” omg this is amazing
9:25 PM · Apr 10, 2014 from Norwalk, IA·Twitter for Android

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alex kilcoyne
@bbykilc
Some choir is visiting six flags and their shirt says “Hakuna Fermata, it means keep playing” 😂😂 I can dig it 👌 #musicpuns4dayz
6:15 PM · May 3, 2014·Twitter for Windows Phone

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James LeRoux
@TruthTables
I saw a shirt saying, “Hakuna Fermata: it means keep playing for the rest of your days!” My inner trombonist saw it and thought, “Nap time!”
3:39 PM · Dec 13, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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‎Rebecca Connelly‎ to Coal City High School Band
July 11, 2015 ·
Hakuna fermata it means keep playing for the rest of your days

YouTube
Official Hakuna Fermata it means keep playing for the rest of your days shirt and v-neck
Anh Tuan Nguyen
Published on May 2, 2018
I was terribly saddened that I couldn’t attend Joshua’s first 7th grade band concert at his new school last night. ( Slowly recovering from the flu.) Hakuna Fermata it means keep playing for the rest of your days. Nevertheless

Google Books
Title Hakuna Fermata It Means Keep Playing for the Rest of Your Days: Blank Sheet Music Notebook Staff Paper, 12 Staves Music Manuscript Paper
Volume 4 of Band Camp Notebooks
Author Band Geek Designs
Publisher Independently Published, 2019
ISBN 179545637X, 9781795456371
Length 104 pages
Subjects Music › Printed Music › Band & Orchestra

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