Thursday, July 14, 2016

Children & Teens Singing "Amenitendea" (An East African Gospel Song)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part pancocojams series that showcases examples of the East African Gospel song "Amenitendea" (He has done it). This song's title is also given as "Amenitendea, Immanuel", meaning "Emmanuel [Jesus] has done it".

Part I features four videos and one sound file of children or children and teenagers singing "Amenitendea".

Click for Part II of this series. Part II showcases four videos of adults singing the East African Gospel song "Amenitendea". One of those videos features Kenyan animation.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composer of "Amenitendea" and thanks to all those who are featured in these examples. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

I've been unable to find any information about who composed the religious song "Amenitendea" and when it was first performed. "Amenitendea" means "He has done it" in Luganda, a Ugandan language. It's therefore likely that this song originated in Uganda, East Africa. However, some of the people who sung this song in the videos are from Kenya, East Africa or Tanzania, East Africa. I'm not sure if those people are singing in Ki-Swahili or in Luganda. As the publisher for the video given as Example #1 below wrote "Luganda is a bantu language, as is Swahili, subsequently some words and word structures are shared. Although it may mean the same in Swahili, doesn't mean it's wrong to say that it is Luganda)."

The Luganda lyrics for this song are given in the description for Example #1.

Any information about this song would be greatly appreciated.

Also note that I often showcase multiple renditions of the same song because I'm interested in documenting and showcasing the different ways that a particular song can be performed.

In addition to this song's message, and the way that it is performed, I'm also interested in the clothing, hairstyles, and performance styles that are shown in these videos.

These examples are given in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.

Example #1:Amenitendeya - Mwamba Rock Choir (2009)

Mwamba Choir of RCF Uganda, Uploaded on Aug 13, 2010

Amenitendeya means "He has done it for me" in Luganda, one of the most spoken vernacular languages in Uganda. (editor's note due to numerous comments/queries: Luganda is a bantu language, as is Swahili, subsequently some words and word structures are shared. Although it may mean the same in Swahili, doesn't mean it's wrong to say that it is Luganda)

This song is about the great things God has done for these precious children, rescuing them from some terrible situations and bringing them a safe place to stay with friends to support them, giving them a bright future. This footage was recorded during the Mwamba Choir's 2009 Northern Ireland tour to raise funds to commence vital construction of a new Primary school and boarding section on land they were able to purchase at Maya, outside Kampala. The Mwamba Choir are all orphans or underprivileged children staying at Rock Childrens Family Home in Buziga area of Kampala.


Amenitendeya (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli amenitendeya) (x2)

Amenitendeya (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli amenitendeya) (x2)

He has done it for me (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli He has done it for me) (x2)

Yesu akikoze (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli yesu akikoze) (x2)

Amenitendeya (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli amenitendeya) (x2)

Amenitendeya (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli amenitendeya) (x2)

Amenitendeya (x8)
Imwaneli (imwaneli amenitendeya) (x2)

Example #2: Amenitendea [sound file]

Henriette Hazelhoff-Bos, Published on Oct 23, 2013

CD: Wereldwijs
"Amenitendea, Imanueli" betekent: Hij heeft het gedaan voor mij, Immanuel.
Google translate- from Dutch to English:
"Amenitendea, Imanueli" means: He did it for me, Immanuel.
This example includes Dutch sub-titles of this song's lyrics.


young martin Published on Apr 10, 2014
This is a video of young girls dancing to the record "Amenitendea" by Gospel Nation.

Example #4: KEZIAH & SALOME ........... AMENITENDEA EDTDxvid

Amos Sambai Published on Feb 19, 2015

A Google search indicates that there's a facebook page for Keziah & Salome Amos, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Example #5: Message Choir - Amenitendea (official video)

Ab musiq Published on Apr 12, 2015

Message choir praising God for what he has done in their life. enjoy, dance, and share. Thank you

This concludes Part I of this series.

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