Five words: Ise oluwa, kole bajey o.
Pronunciation: eee-shea oh-lu-wah, koh-leh bah-jey-o.
Meaning: That which Creator has made can never be destroyed.
Ise Oluwa is one of the most beloved songs of West Africa. There are many versions of this song in circulation. Our favorite professional recording was released by the Three Altos. Listen to it by watching the video below. And through the video, you’ll relive the 99-day journey and meet some of your fellow global choir members.
When we teach this song to groups around the world, most are not experienced singers. We’re amazed at how quickly people learn the song – even the harmonies, which are beautiful. Whether you are a novice or a professional, we like to emphasize three basic principles:
1) Trust your own inner music. You are far more musical than you realize. Have fun!
2) Let the music carry you. Relax and enjoy the sounds of singing with others.
3) Remember why we’re singing. In its essence, this is a massive global love song for a planet it peril. The spirit created by singing together with others, in celebration of the earth, is the most important aspect of what we’re doing. Connect with those around you, and with the larger sense of people around the world pausing to share this moment with you, all in love and caring for our earth.
We are asking that you learn it orally, rather than from a printed version. We are, in a sense, reviving an aspect of the power of song long forgotten in some parts of the world: the wisdom and power of the oral tradition, which carries the ancient wisdom down through the generations. There are several reasons for this. The most important is that we want you to experience the joy of singing together in the way we described above, undistracted by reading the words off a printed page. Plus, keeping our paper footprint to a minimum is a passion of ours. We bet it is for you too.
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Spread the word to everyone you know, and get ready to sing in love and caring for our good earth.