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Uyai Mose
(Come, All You People)

Country: Zimbabwe
Language: Shona (and English)
Music and Text: Alexander Gondo
Translator: I-to Loh
Arranger: John L. Bell
This Arrangement: contains a “break” in the music designed by Emile Hassan Dyer
(Pictured above: a beautiful still from the thumbnail of another Zimbabwean Catholic Shona song, Mununuri Yesu on Youtube)
(Pictured below: Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer of the Golden Bridge Choir)

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This song is one of our choir’s favorites; I learned it from Maggie and Emile, leaders of the Golden Bridge Choir. It contains “ha-uuuuum”s as a rich drone beneath the melody, and also the “percussive grunts” which are often found in South African music (a well-known example being Ladysmith Black Mambazo‘s Homeless.)*

During the musical break (when the highest harmony comes in), I clap the rhythm in this recording, but the claps can also be done with foot stomps, a deep drum, or percussive grunts. The break itself is Emile Hassan Dyer‘s arrangement, and has caught on quickly in the singing community!

*Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s work is Zulu, and an example of the Mbube style of singing; Uyai Mose is Shona, altho Shona and Zulu languages (and cultures) regularly blend. There is a great article about Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s work that refers to the sound we’re producing in this arrangement of Uyai Mose.In Zulu singing there are three major sounds…A high keening ululation; a grunting, puffing sound that we make when we stomp our feet; and a certain way of singing melody. Before Black Mambazo you didn’t hear these three sounds in the same songs. So it is new to combine them, although it is still done in a traditional style.” – Broadway World 

SHONA:
Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari,
Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari,
Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari,
Uyai mose zvino.

(ENGLISH)
Come all you people, come and praise your Maker;
Come all you people, come and praise your Maker;
Come all you people, come and praise your Maker;
Come now and worship the Lord.

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