The origins of this song remain unclear. Some attribute Kum Ba Yah to a New York City minister named Marvin Frey, originally with wholly english lyrics. The song travelled around the world as sung by American missionaries and eventually returned to the United States with the first line altered to reflect the Angolan words for "Come By Here." Other disparaging histories attribute the song to a group known as the Society for the Preservation fo Spirituals. For more detailed information about this song consider visiting the Kum Ba Ya page at Wikipedia . You may also be interested in reading an interesting article about the meaning of the words Kum Ba Ya.
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Kum Ba Ya for Voice [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya For Flute, Bells, Guitar, and C Instruments [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (B-flat instruments) [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for Alto Sax and Bari Sax (E-flat instruments) [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for B-flat Trumpet or Tenor Sax [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for French Horn [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for Trombone, Baritone, or electric bass guitar [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya for Tuba [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kum Ba Ya FULL SCORE [PDF] [Sibelius]
Kumbaya, my Lord, kumbaya
O Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s crying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s praying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone’s singing, Lord, kumbaya
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