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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Déla Délali, Gospel Singer From Togo, West Africa

Edited by Azizi Powell
[Revision: April 22, 2012]]

Dela delali



Uploaded by Princelovercam on Jun 28, 2011

La celebre du gospel togolais.

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This post showcases five videos of Togo, West African Gospel Singer Déla Délali.

Déla Délali was born in Togo on March 4, 1962 and released her first album in 1987. Source: http://www.cooperationtogo.net/deladelali/info/106212.html.

Déla Délali is considered to be the queen of Gospel music in Togo. From a viewer comment on one of her videos showcased below (Video #4), I gather that Déla Délali sings in the French and Ewe languages.

Here's some information about Togo, West Africa from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Togo:
Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, on which the capital Lomé is located...While the official language is French, there are many other languages spoken in Togo, particularly those of the Gbe family. The largest religious group in Togo are those with indigenous beliefs, but there are significant Christian and Muslim minorities...

Togo gained its independence from France in 1960.

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I particularly love the way Dela Delali includes children in her videos. As an African American, I’m not used to seeing this type of dancing with religious songs. In the USA dancing like that is only reserved for non-religious music and would be frowned upon as sacrilege. But I realize that USA attitudes shouldn’t determine how other people combine music & dance. Viewer comments are welcome about this or other aspects of these videos.

Thanks!


Enjoy and be inspired!

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SELECTED VIDEOS
These videos are reposted in no particular order. My thanks to the featured vocalist, and to the other musicians and dancers who are featured in these videos. My thanks also to the videos' producers and uploaders.

Video #1: Dela Delali
This video is posted at the top of this page.

The title of this song wasn't posted by the video uploader. If you know the title, please share it in the comments to this post. Thanks!
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Video #2: Dela Delali et Didier Etse. Le Seigneur est mon Berger. 12ième album



Uploaded by Mawunyoto on Jul 30, 2009

Dela Delali et Didier Etse

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Video #3: Déla Délali dans: Aseye.( La Louange) 12ième album



Uploaded by Mawunyoto on May 17, 2010

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Video #4: Dela Delali - Megavon o



Uploaded by BIGDAVOLK on Dec 29, 2007

gospel togolais

Here's a viewer reply to a question about the language this song is sung in:
"It's in Togolese language: EWE (read EVHE); this language is spoken in South-TOGO & East-Ghana by more than 3.5 millions people (West Africa); this song is in EWE & FRENCH.
-agbodzalou. 2011

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Video #5: Dela Delali - Akpe nao



Uploaded by BIGDAVOLK on Dec 11, 2007

Gospel togolais chante par la doyenne

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Here's a comment from a video viewer which presents some of the words to this song:
""I don't know how I can thank you, Father " I don't know how I can highly praise you " I don't know how to spread to the World that You are the only God and no other god is equal to you; "Thank you Father, I'll praise and glorify you; You only deserve respect forever; "Thank you Eternal God; "Thank you, we praise you; "Thank you, Lord Jesus-Christ "...... "Thank you, respect to You "I'll glorify and magnify You "Thank You, I'll adore You "You deserve respect for ever "...
-agbodzalou; 2010

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Another video of Déla Délali is featured in the pancocojams post on Borborbor music & dance. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/04/borborbor-performances-togo-ghana.html to find that post.
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