Edited by Azizi Powell
This post is Part I of a two part post on videos of Catholic choirs from Kenya, East Africa.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/videos-of-kenyan-catholic-choirs-part.html for Part II of this post.
The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, spiritual, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.
My thanks to the composers of these songs, and the choir directors, vocalists, and musicians associated with this music. My thanks also to the producers and uploaders of these featured videos.
This post provides only a very small sample of this beautiful music. Additional examples can be found on YouTube.
Unfortunately, I only speak & read English. I believe that Swahili is the language used for all or most of the songs featured in this post. It would be great if some visitors to this page would confirm that, and also post in the comment section an English translation for these songs' titles. Thanks in advance!
[These videos are presented in no particular order.]
Video #1: Kenyan Catholic Music
Uploaded by mbukukanyau on Sep 28, 2007
Kenyan Catholic choir Praising God. Distinctly African Music, Distinctly Catholic in Identity.
Video #2: Nikupe nini by St Joseph's Migori
Uploaded by kagora1 on Jan 21, 2009
Video #3: njooni tumwimbie
Uploaded by kwambengei on May 28, 2010
sauti za migori
Video #4: Amkeni (kyenzenzelu) Kitui Cathedral Choir.flv
Uploaded by Bulsimon2 on May 22, 2011
Video #5: Ilimpasa-Kenya Navy Catholic Choir.DAT
Uploaded by vastization on May 11, 2010
Video #6: Nikiziangalia Mbingu
Uploaded by otisjalwedo on Sep 18, 2007
Kwaya Kuu ya Mt. Cecilia
Kanisa Kuu la Mt. Theresia Arusha
Video #7: Njia ya Uzima -Makongoro Choir
Uploaded by Jaylove14 on Jun 6, 2009
I'm not sure if this choir is Catholic or not. However, I wanted to include this video because the video uploader indicated that it was a Swahili old "Gold" Gospel song.
Also, I'm fascinated by how much the movements which accompany the singing looks like non-religious African American line dances. Are these movements that the Kenyan choirs do similar or the same as traditional Kenyan dances?
Thanks for visiting pancocojams.
Viewer comments are welcome.