Boys Choir of Kenya
60 minutes long of entrancing music and hypnotic rhythms."
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1. Utianga 2. Mpapa Leshumata 3.
Kiti-Kiti 4. Auma
5. Tonje 6. Yesu Anipenda 7. Sindigisa 8. Wabuya
9. Musenangu 10. Gur Yesu 11. Tuli-Tuli 12. Vulele
13. Om'Oba Ni 14. Pitie 15. Roho Biro
1. UTIANGA (Idakho
Satire, Arr. J. Muyale): The latest gossip is that Utianga, the crowned
prince, has committed suicide. Hmm, makes me wonder. The Royal Family can
know no adversity; witchcraft must be involved: let’s seek out the witches!
2. MPAPA LESHUMATA (Maasai
Spiritual, Boys Choir of Kenya field transcription): Maasai warriors
acknowledge divine guidance in their latest conquest, the vicious lion
that’s persistently terrorized the herds.
3. KITIKITI (Maassai
Chant, BCK field trans.): Moran (a prosperous Maasai warrior) is revels in
his wealth of cattle and livestocks. He has the largest herd in the land,
and can afford to show off! “Lelelelele yio, ho, I’m the greatest!”
4. AUMA (Luo Love Song,
Arr. Noah Mogalo): Featuring pro-minstrel & orutu (1-string fiddle) player
Angudha Osogo, Auma is the village’s beauty, deserving of all the boys’
attention and the girls’ envy! Auma, my brown sugar, your voice makes me
quiver; your teeth as white as cotton; your eyes juicy like a fruit; you’re
the object of my love. 5. TONJE (Tiriki Male Circumcision Chant, BCK
trans.): Tonje, be ready for manhood. Circumcision is a necessary rite of
passage; it prepares you for the life-challenges ahead. Be strong, be
courageous. 6. YESU ANIPENDA (Swahili Sacred – Christian, Arr. David Zalo):
Do you know that Jesus loves me? Hallelujah! He loves me so; he gave his
life on the cross for me. 7. SINDIGISA (Kisii Satire and Folklore, Edwin
Keango field trans.): Featuring bard Ed Keango,Sindigisa abandoned husband
and children and took to life on the streets. Like the “egentinginye,” the
tricky bird, she duped her family. “N’gao, n’gao,” that’s how she cried for
her misdeeds. 8. WABUYA (A Bukusu chant, BCK trans.): Don’t give up, Wabuya,
keep going. A chant to cheer the athletes. 9. MUSENANGU (Giriama Satire,
Arr. J. Muyale): A wife complains about marital abuse, and sounds a last
warning to her recalcitrant husband: “My friend, you must stop mistreating
me, or I’ll be out of here in a blink… God knows, I have a home to go back
to!”10. GUR YESU (Luo Christian Spiritual by Paul Sogo):Featuring Angudha
Osogo, The Passion of Jesus Christ - His life, his suffering, and victory
over adversity and death.
11. TULI TULI (Nama Play Song): Rheta Hofmeyr’s arrangement of the
popular Nama tune. Reinterpreted by BCK. 12. VULELE (Kisoga Folksong from
Uganda, BCK trans): We’ve had a bumper harvest in Soga land, the days of
hunger are now over. Let’s dance to merry tunes and the drunken rhythms of
the drums! 13. OM’OBA NI (Yoruba Royal Procession from Nigeria, from
original by C. Ayodele): Make way for the Prince/Princess. FredO’s free
arrangement of C. Ayodele’s Yoruba round, reinterpreted by BCK.
14. PITIE (A French/Ligala
Lovesong from Congo, Arr. J. Muyale): Jealousy only exposes a woman’s low
self esteem and insecurity. I’ve had enough of your nags; stop it now or we
may as well part ways. A choral rendition of Bopol Mansiamina 60’s folkpop.
15. ROHO BIRO (Luo/Luoya Christian Spiritual, Arr. D. Zalo): The Holy Spirit
is coming down. Christians, like the Israelites of old, are exhorted to
dress up for the Promise Land.