Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Various Artists SFW40504

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.


Additional notes, lyrics, and translations available here.

2005 GRAMMY Award Nominee for Best Traditional World Album

Year Released 2003
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Genre(s) Judaica; Sacred; World
Country(s) Uganda
Language(s) English; Gisu; Hebrew (modern); Luganda; Lunyole; Soga

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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
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