A rousing rendition of Rosephanye Powell’s Ògó ni fún Olúwa is posted here from YouTube for the enjoyment not only of Christians who, I’m sure, would easily get pulled in and sing/clap along before the music ends but the joyous rendition should brighten listeners up.
It takes Yoruba-speaking Music (or simple Singing Classes) students at secondary school level of the early 1960s like this blogger back to late Composer, Dayọ̀ Dédẹkẹ́’s many choral works like Kérésìmésì Ọdún dé [from his Má Gbàgbé Ilé, a collection of Yoruba folk songs and a few Yoruba Carols.]
Mr. Dédẹkẹ́ was the eminent Education Inspector (Music) for Western Nigeria, and as he traversed the region teaching not only choral music but English folk songs like Marianina to students as far afield as Ibadan, Ẹdẹ, Ado-Èkitì and many other towns and cities.
African-American Rosephanye Powell, Composer & Voice Professor who wrote Ògó ni fún Olúwa who ” been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music.” For more on Ms. Powell and her body of works, go to –
With my copy of Má Gbàgbé Ilé thousands of miles from where I am, a sheet music of one of Yoruba’s folk songs arranged by the composer from my documents below. As soon as I get my hands on the book, I’ll post the sheet music for at least a couple of carols from Má Gbàgbé Ilé to complete this post.