Aye Mojinumba

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I learned this traditional African song from my friend Robert LaPorte, who is an earth clay/straw and timber-frame natural building pioneer. While leading a building project in 1999, he had the whole crew singing this and I was able to retain it. Since that time, I've taught this song to thousands of people that always join in a highly spirited manner, which ultimately inspired this arrangement.

It is sung as a welcoming song to the surrounding villagers who have come to assist with the harvest, re-thatching, or re-plastering of their dwellings. The meaning is: “Welcome to my village; you are now part of my village; we are all one village.”

AYE MOJINUMBA
(Trad., Arr. by Tim Weed)

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aye mojinumba
aye mojinumba
aye mojinumba
go benisamba mojinumba

go benichickadé mojinumba
go benisamba mojinumba
go benisamba mojinumba

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from Soul House, released October 15, 2013
Vocals by Tim Weed, Anza Wiedenkeller, Tucker Wiedenkeller, Mark Robertson-Tessi, Debbie Daly, Penny Livingston-Stark, Sue Mullen, Dana Rath, Mariana Ingold, and Kit Walker.
Stomps & Claps by Common Voice of Point Reyes, CA

© 2013 Sound Orchard (BMI)

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