Skip to main content

Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Various Artists
Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Abayudaya: The Music of the Jews of Uganda presents a unique collection of African-Jewish music in which the rhythms and harmonies of Africa blend with Jewish celebration and traditional Hebrew prayer. This compelling repertoire is rooted in local Ugandan music and infused with rich choral singing, Afro-pop, and traditional drumming. The repertoire includes lullabies, political and children's song, religious rituals, hymns, and celebratory music, with song texts in Hebrew, English, and several Ugandan languages. This singular community of African people living committed Jewish lives has survived persecution and isolation and asserts, "We have been saved by our music." 24 tracks.

LYRICS

Additional notes, lyrics, and translations available here.

AWARDS
2005 GRAMMY Award Nominee for Best Traditional World Album

Track Listing

101
Psalm 136 Abayudaya congregation, led by J.J. Keki 3:27
102
Katonda Oyo Nalimana Abayudaya congregation in Namatumba, led by Basiki Walugo 4:12
103
Hiwumbe Awumba Michael Mawoni 2:34
104
Mwana Ta Li Tambula Phyllis Nafuna 1:22
105
Mwana, Ngolera Tziporah Naisi 0:52
106
Tulo, Tulo Phyllis Nafuna 0:55
107
I Am A Soldier Abayudaya children who attend the Hadassah Nursery School 0:50
108
Mi Khamokhah Abayudaya children who attend the Hadassah Nursery School 0:21
109
Kabbila Abayudaya children who attend public school in Namanyonyi 3:53
110
Twagala Torah Abayudaya children who attend public school in Namanyonyi 1:36
111
We Are Happy Abayudaya congregation, Gershom Sizomu (guitar and vocal solo), and John Mark Nkoola ( keyboard) 3:29
112
Adon Olam Abayudaya congregation 1:56
113
Lekhah, Dodi Abayudaya congregation, solo by J.J. Keki 5:23
114
Psalm 92 Abayudaya congregation 5:02
115
Psalm 93 Abayudaya congregation 2:47
116
Kiddush And Motzi Sung by Gershom Sizomu with Abayudaya community response 1:14
117
Psalm 121 Sung by Members of the Nasenyi community, led by Rena bat Esther 1:34
118
Maimuna A chorus of Abayudaya and Bagisu women in Nangola 2:16
119
Hinei Ma Tov Abayudaya congregation 1:27
120
Ali Omu Yekka Abayudaya congregation, led by J.J. Keki 4:48
121
Psalm 150 Abayudaya congregation 3:36
122
Deuteronomy 32:8 Samson Mugombe 0:38
123
Deuteronomy 32:39-43 Gershom Sizomu, J.J. Keki, Aaron Kintu Moses, and their mother, Devorah 3:39
124
Psalm 130 Abayudaya congregation 1:52

.