Kum Ba Yah now playing!
See Journey To Bethlehem album
I always enjoyed singing Kumbaya around the evening campfires with our youth
groups at church. It was an easy song for all to sing and sounded great with the
acoustic guitars and bongos keeping the beat. We also had fun creating new
lyrics to the song as it was played over and over.

As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words", and the photo above by
David Krantz, taken in Malawi, southeastern Africa, is no exception. The
expressions on the young children and adult's faces say so much. I see joy and
enthusiasm, happy and sad, curious and worrisome, perhaps even a little anger,
in their facial expressions. But don't we all communicate in such a way? Our
body language can be very powerful and reviling to those around us, showing
what is down deep in our hearts and minds. I love the two young girls
expressions up front in this photo, they put a smile on my face every time I see
them! That's the way I wanna be! Too often life's burdens can take away our
joy and spark, but it doesn't have to be that way! If we take control of our
thoughts and think the way God tells us in His Word, then we too, can put a
smile on other people's faces!

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
NIV

The two main percussion instruments we used in this song are the Djembe and
the Congas, played by Paul French. The djembe, pronounced (Jem-bay) is a
skin covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet played with bare hands. The
djembe originated in West Africa, where it became an integral part of the areas
music and tradition. The Conga Drum is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban
drum of African origin made from hollowed logs. The Cuban conga is staved,
like a barrel. Congas are now very common in Latin music, including salsa
music, as well as many other forms of American popular music. Some other
great examples to hear Paul's conga's are in his songs, "
The Queen of Sheba"
and "
Journey To Bethlehem".

Oh Lord, Kum Ba Yah...what a great song to go along with this beautiful photo!
Christopher W. French
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Kum Ba Yah, means “Come by here”
An African-American spiritual

Song Lyrics,

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!
Paul French, see Journey To Bethlehem album
Music arranged by Paul and
Christopher W. French
Revelation 22:20

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
NIV
Music by:
Paul French
Song Title;
Kum Ba Yah
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Paul French
Paul began playing
percussion at 8 years old.
Standing on wooden boxes
and crates to reach his
conga's and drums, Paul
studied hard and used his
talents for the Lord. He
performed in countless
worship services and
programs throughout his 8
years of learning experience
under the guidance and
direction of Robby Robinson,
keyboard player and band
director for Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons.
More about Paul
See Paul's Conga Video
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Photo by David Krantz
Also see
Journey To Bethlehem
Album
By Paul French
Christopher W. French
Kum ba yah, meaning "Come By Here", apparently originated with
the Gullah, an African-American people living on the Sea Islands and
adjacent coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. It is a
standard campfire song in Scouting, YMCA, the Indian Guides, and
many others.
See Paul's Djembe Video
See Paul's
Little Drummer Boy
video!
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