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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Examples Of Yoruba Songs Praising Oluwa (God)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven Yoruba (Nigeria, West Africa) songs praising Oluwa. The English translation for the Yoruba word "Oluwa" is "Lord" (God).

A bonus sound file of the South African/American song "(Oluwa) Many Rains Ago" is also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, religious, inspirational, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

FEATURED EXAMPLES
(These songs are featured in the order of their posting date with the oldest dates presented first).

Example #1: NIGERIAN MUSIC BABA ARA-OLUWA OSE



AYO PRAISE, Uploaded on Jan 1, 2009

YORUBA PRAISESONG

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Example #2: Oluwa ku ise. Goodwomen Choir



teddyman4, Uploaded on Oct 18, 2009

C.A.C Goodwomen choir Ibadan led by Mrs D.A Fasoyin.From the Odun yi
Atura album
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The English translation of “Oluwa ku ise” is “Marvelous God”.

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Example #3: C&S (AYO NI O)- TI OLUWA NI ILE (FULL ALBUM)



walizono2002, Uploaded on Dec 31, 2010

THE CHORISTERS BAND OF CHERUBIM & SERAPHIM MOVEMENT

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Example #4: Benita- Oluwa



Danmarughu, Uploaded on May 31, 2011
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Here's the lyrics to this song that were posted on this video's viewer comment thread in 2012 by AbiAdegboye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA0hd_G6lLI

God is working...He is working, you don't know.
God is working...He is working, you don't suspect (repeats both lines)

Stand up, stand up, I say stand up from sadness
Stand up, stand up, I say stand up from worry

stand up from unbelief; stand up from weariness
It's time; your time...
That the Lord will fix your problem....
(song repeats)

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Example #5: Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble - Ise Oluwa (God's Work Is Indestructible)



Uploaded by 1blue1 on Aug 12, 2011

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Example #6: Commander Ebenezer Obey - Gbebe Mi Oluwa / Ori Mi Koni Buru(Audio)



planetolusola, Uploaded on Jun 7, 2009

Vintage Ebenezer Obey

Music
"Gbebe Mi Oluwa" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey
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Here's a comment from that video's discussion thread:
OLU KUNLE, 2012
"THIS SONG IS RICH SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE IT CONTAINS A HUMBLE REQUEST TO GOD AND ALSO PHILOSOPHICAL
BABA, MAY GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY SIR E KU ISE OLUWA."

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Example #7: Sonnie Badu - ESE OLUWA - Colours of Africa (Recorded Live in London)



Deliciouswinfred, Uploaded on Feb 7, 2012
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Here are lyrics to this song as posted in 2012 by Justina Ashietey & xgenera on this video's viewer comment thread:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl99EWwtw4E

Ese Oluwa, Ese Baba O,
Ese Oluwa,
Ao adokpe Baba

You gave me shelter when i have no other
You pave a way, where there is no way
You turn my darkness into light,
Ao adokpe Baaba....

You put food on my table daddy....
You comfort me when i was lost...
Who can be compared unto you....
Ao adopke Baaba
… [chorus] Eshe Oluwa Eshe baba o Eshe Oluwa Awadupe baba
[verse]
He gave me shelter when I have no other
He made a way when there'as no way
He turn my darkness into light
Awadupe baba
You put food on my table daddy
You comfort me when I was lost
Who can be compared unto you
Awadupe baba
[bridge] Baba way Baba way
dey for heaven now
oh We go praise you now
Eee We go praise you baba
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Here's another comment from that same viewer comment thread that was posted by shalom peace, 2013
“eshe (thank) Oluwa (God). Thank you God! Awadupe means we are grateful.”

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BONUS SOUND FILE: LETTA MBULU MANY RAINS AGO [OLUWA]



SuperXavier30Uploaded on Oct 24, 2009

Deeply Emotive Song From Letta Mbulu,Who Perfomed This In Both English & In The Native Nigerian Language,Yoruba.
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Here's some information about (Oluwa) "Many Rains Ago" from http://soulsafari.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/play-of-the-day-letta-mbulu-kilimanjaro-1981/
"‘Oluwa (Many Rains Ago)’ was originally written by Caiphus Semenya years before it was included as the African theme in the soundtrack for the TV movie ‘Roots’ (1977), composed and arranged by Quincy Jones."
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From http://www.discogs.com/artist/Caiphus+Semenya
"South African composer, musician, and husband of singer Letta Mbulu.

In the late sixties, he settled in Los Angeles on account of the apartheid policies back home and teamed up with people like Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones as well as compatriots Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and Jonas Gwangwa."

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RELATED LINKS
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/01/various-interpretations-of-ise-oluwa.html Various Interpretations Of Ise Oluwa

http://www.jollynotes.com/gods-names-in-yoruba/
The Names of God in Yoruba Language, along with their meanings in English

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the composers of these songs, and thanks to all of the musicians and vocalists who are featured in these examples. My thanks also to the author of the article that is quoted in this post, and to the uploaders of these featured sound files and videos.

Thank you for visiting pancocojams.

Viewer comments are welcome.

2 comments:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9HO0tOjSYs

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    1. Thanks anonymous for sharing that link to the sound file "Highest Praise by Olukemi Funke"
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9HO0tOjSYs.

      Note: This is a Nigerian religious song (praise song) that isn't a rendition of Ise Oluwa like the showcase songs in this post.

      By the way, the vocalist's name "Olukemi" begins with an element that means Gos (Olu). I'd love to know what kemi means. Also, no disrespect but is the name "Funke" the source of the word "funky"?

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