07 Sep Ise Oluwa
This song is one of my favorite world songs to teach in singing circles. It is a religious song from Nigeria, sung in the language of Yoruba and well known throughout the world. I learned this version from Jayson Fann and share it regularly in a two or three-part arrangement, or quickly in new circles with the melody only.
Composer & Copyright
Composed in the early 19th century by an unknown Nigerian Christian composer, now considered in the public domain.
Ko le baje o (ba ba me)
God’s work (or the work of the creator) can never be spoilt (or destroyed, or bad.)
This song can be shared relatively quickly in new circles, or augmented with harmonies for interest in more experienced groups. It is slower paced, so I enjoy sharing it to cultivate rest and depth between higher energy songs. It can be sung effectively with or without drumming.
I typically sing this around the key of A, with a starting pitch of C.
Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)