Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two Zambian Gospel Songs: “Sangalala” by Zambian Gospel Group Higher Calling &” Moyo wanga Sangala” by St Ignitius Catholic choir

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases two examples of Gospel songs from Zambia, South Africa which include the Nyanjan word "Sangalala" or a form of that word in their title. This post also provides some information about the nation of Zambia, and provides the English translation of the word "Sangalala".

Unfortunately, as of this date I've not been able to find any lyrics in English or otherwise for these songs. Nor have I been able to find any information about the vocal group "Higher Calling" or the Catholic church choir which is also featured in this post.

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"Zambia /ˈzæmbiə/, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest...

The official language of Zambia is English, which is used to conduct official business and is the medium of instruction in schools. The main local language, especially in Lusaka, is Nyanja. However, Bemba and Nyanja are spoken in the urban areas in addition to other indigenous languages which are commonly spoken in Zambia. Others are Kaonde, Tonga, Lunda and Luvale, which feature on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)'s local languages section. The total number of languages spoken in Zambia is 73...

Zambia is officially a Christian nation according to the 1996 constitution,[32] but a wide variety of religious traditions exist. Traditional religious thoughts blend easily with Christian beliefs in many of the country's syncretic churches. Christian denominations include: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, New Apostolic Church, Lutheran, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a variety of Evangelical denominations"...

From Cyclopaedic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language:
Spoken in British Central Africa
(Google eBook)
David Clement Ruffelle Scott

Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland, 1892 - Nyanja language - 737 pages

Sangalala [page 562]– to rejoice, to be glad, happy, to exult, also heard tsangalala

(These videos are presented in chronological order based on their posting date, with the oldest videos presented first.)

Example #1: Moyo wanga Sangala. By St Ignitius Catholic choir-Zambia

Kasonde Mike, Uploaded on Dec 30, 2010

Zambian Catholic Music

Example #2: Sangalala - Higher Calling (Official Video)

ZedBeatsOfficial, Uploaded on Jan 20, 2012
"Zed" is the contemporary colloquial term for "Zambia" and "Zambian". I'd love to know when "Zed" was first coined & used with those meanings.

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  1. Hi there, I read your blog and felt encouraged to write the lyrics for you. I barely speak nyanja and so there could be a couple of spelling mistakes.

    Ndine Kristu ndiku kondwera ndiri nawo moyo wina
    mlungu yemwa mwandi turusa mukapolo mwasatana
    Ambuye ndipurumuseni Ambuye ndipurumuseni x2 ne
    Sangalala moyo wanga Sangalala moyo wanga x2
    Ine Kristu atate anga ndiye mulu-ngu olenga
    Nchito zache niza zingwira nikukonda mpaka kufa
    Ndine Kristu yesu ambuye ndiye yemwe mubale wanga pamutanda-a nafera ine ntawi zonse niza musaza

    1. Thanks, anonymous. I appreciate your taking the time to posst these lyrics.

      It would be great if you or someone else would also translate these lyrics into English.

      Thanks again!

      Be blessed.