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By Thembinkosi Khumalo

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Hand Percussion, Alto Voice, Tenor Voice, Choir, SATB - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Thembinkosi Khumalo. Arranged by Thembinkosi Khumalo. Gospel, Spiritual, Folk, African. Score. 9 pages. Published by Thembinkosi Khumalo (S0.132009).

Item Number: S0.132009

This is an African Zulu/Tswana Traditional medley. It is basically an up-beat African Spiritual which mostly this song is sung in Zulu.

It is about the people who, they sat quietly and wept by the rivers of Babylon and they thanked the Lord for giving them love and refuge, and He wiped their tears for He heard their cries and stuggles. The people then praised the Lord and rejoiced His Name in song.

This piece was arranged for Cornwall Hill College Choir (Pretoria, Gauteng, in South Africa) and Albertha Filter, the conductor (in 2015).

Emlanjeni eBabiloni (By the river of Babylon)
Sathi vuthu, sahlala phansi, (where we sat down)
Salila izinyembezi, (And there we wept)
Sathi vuthu, sahlala phansi (Where we sat down)
Salila izinyembezi. (And there we wept)

Somandla siyabonga, (Lord we thank You)
Ngothando osiphelona, (For Your love and refuge)
Sikhala sihlupheka, (You heard our cries and troubles)
Uyazisula izinyembezi, (And You wiped our tears)
Sathi vuthu, sahlala phansi, (Where we sat down)
Salila izinyembezi. (And there we wept)(Repeat)

“Yelele” is sound of praise
Yele yelele Jehova,
Yele YeleYele Yelele,
Yele YeleYele Yelele,
Yele Yele Yele Modimo ("The Lord" in Sotho/Tswana)(Repeat).

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