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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Gospel Song "Moyoni Mwangu" As Sung By Two East African Seventh Day Adventist Choirs

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases two renditions of the Swahili Gospel song "Moyoni Mwangu" sung by two Seventh Day Adventist Choirs: Ambassadors Of Christ Choir (Rwanda) and The Morning Star Choir (Bugema University, Kampala Uganda).

The Swahili lyrics to this song and their English translations are also included in this post.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are associated with and The Morning Star Choir (Bugema University, Kampala Uganda). Thanks also to producers and publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to commenter genubi for transcribing the Swahili lyrics for this song and their English translations.

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WHAT IS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOR THE SWAHILI PHRASE "MOYONI MWANGU"?
Google translate's translation feature from Swahili to English indicates that "Moyoni mwangu" means "my moon". That same result is given by the translation feature at https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/dynamic-translation/00b22ef138ba86ee251fdbbd1f8ed5e803c7c890.html.

However, both sites give "I Have a Song in My Heart" as the Swahili to English translation for the title for another YouTube video "Nina Wimbo Moyoni Mwangu" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5ZETN5kC6s. Also, the transcription for the lyrics that are given below give the first words as "in my heart". Therefore, it seems to me that "In My Heart" is a more likely title for this song that "My Moon."

If that second translation is correct, why was the translation "my moon" given for that phrase?

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LYRICS: MOYONI MWANGU
(composer?)

Moyoni mwangu ninashukuru jina lake Bwana
Na roho yangu inafurahi sababu ya pendo lake
Alitupenda sisi wanadamu, ooh alitupenda
Akamtuma Yesu mwanawe, aje atuokoe
O Mungu wangu …
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Mungu wangu Bwana wangu, ulipenda ulimwengu
Ukamtuma mwana wako Yesu aje atukomboe
Na si tunakushukuru, sababu ya pendo lako
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Tangu sasa watu wa dunia wamushukuru Mungu
Ametimiza ahadi yake, kweli ametupendeza
Pendo lake halina kipimo, ooh alitupenda
Bila shaka ametuokoa tumwimbie kwa shangwe
O Mungu wangu …
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Mungu wangu Bwana wangu, ulipenda ulimwengu
Ukamtuma mwana wako Yesu aje atukomboe
Na si tunakushukuru, sababu ya pendo lako
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In my heart I glorify the name of the Lord
And my soul rejoices in his love
He loved mankind; indeed He loved us
He sent his son Jesus, to come and save us
O my God …
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My God, my Lord, you loved the world
You sent your son Jesus to save us
And we are thankful for your love
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Therefore people of the world should thank God
He kept his promise, truly he fulfilled us
His love is without measure; ooh he loved us
He freely saved us; let us sing for joy
O my God …
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My God, my Lord, you loved the world
You sent your son Jesus to save us
And we are thankful for your love
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Posted in the discussion thread for the video given as Example #1 below by genubi (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfLJeSGJ9E

I'd love someone who speaks Swahili to confirm if the song that is sung by The Morning Star Choir is the same as the one that is sung by the Ambassadors Of Christ Choir. And if those songs are different, I'd love someone who speaks Swahili to add the lyrics to that second song in the comment section of this post.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Example #1: Ambassadors Of Christ Choir - Moyoni Mwangu (Official Video)



Wyld Pytch/51 Lex Records, Published on Jun 17, 2013

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Here's information about the Ambassadors Of Christ Choir (Rwanda)
From http://www.ambassadorsofchristchoir.org/about-us/
"Welcome! The Ambassadors of Christ Choir (AOCC) aspires to invite all people to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through the gift of music.

We are a church choir affiliated to the Seventh-Day Adventist church of Remera, Kigali (Rwanda). We began this ministry in the year 1995 and hitherto we thank God who has seen us grow from very humble beginnings to a greater service that has taken us to many mission fields across the African continent.

We are Ambassadors chosen to proclaim the grace of Him who has called us from darkness to His marvelous light and our message in song goes to all nations and tongues."...

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Example #2: THE MORNING STAR CHOIR - MOYONI MWANGU



ENDSON MABAMBA, Published on Oct 31, 2017

The Morning Star Choir-Bugema University
Kampala Uganda
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Here's information about Bugema University (Uganda)
From

"Bugema University (BMU) is a private, co-educational Ugandan university affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[3] It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[4][5]

[...]

History[edit]
The institution started in 1948 as a training school for teachers and pastors for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Africa. At that time it was called Bugema Missionary Training School. Later, the name changed to Bugema Missionary College and then to Bugema Adventist College. In 1978, the first class offering degrees graduated with the Bachelor of Theology degree. The college expanded and by the late 1980s curricula for Business and Education were added. In 1994, Bugema Adventist College changed its status from "college" to "university". In 1997, Bugema University was granted a tertiary institution license from the Ministry of Education and Sports.[9]"...

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing that, May the LORD BLESS YOU

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