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Day 11 – Worship with the neighbours: Mali

Our staff in Mali share some uplifting Christmas worship sung in the Bambara language. Mali is part of our West Africa cluster.

‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’ (Luke 2:11)

 

Bambara:

Kisiba Dir’an Ma

Kisibaa dir'an ma,
A bankilen bɛ Jude.
Kisibaa dir'an ma,
A bankilen bɛ Jude.

Kiraw y'a fɔ kabi tuma jan,
Ko a na banki Jude.
Kiraw y'a fɔ kabi tuma jan,
Deniɛnin bɛna di an ma.

Ala ye kabakoba kɛ an ye,
O kɛra Betilehemu.
Ala ye kabakoba kɛ an ye,
Dɔnbaaw ye doloba dɔ ye.

A bankira tɔɔrɔba cɛma.
O kɛra Betilehemu.
A bankira tɔɔrɔba cɛma.
Ba y'a da so waaro kɔnɔ.

Sakagwɛnnaw tun bɛ kunko la,
Mɛlɛkɛw y'a fɔ u ye.
Sakagwɛnnaw tun bɛ kunko la,
Mɛlɛkɛw ye dɔnkili da.

Sakagwɛnnaw taara Betilehemu,
Olu ye deniɛnin ye.
Sakagwɛnnaw taara Betilehemu,
Olu ye dɔnkili da.

A bankira Jude Betilehemu,
Hɛraba nana diyɛn na.
A bankira Jude Betilehemu,
Yesu ye Hɛratiki ye.

 

English:

To Us a Saviour is Given

To us a saviour is given,
He is born in Judea.
To us a saviour is given,
He is born in Judea.

The prophets proclaimed it long ago,
That he would be born in Judea.
The prophets proclaimed it long ago,
A child would be given to us.

God made a miracle for us,
It was done in Bethlehem.
God made a miracle for us,
The magi saw the big star.

He was born in great difficulty,
In the land of Bethlehem.
He was born in great difficulty,
His mother placed him in a manger.

The shepherds were living out in the fields,
The angel proclaimed it to them.
The shepherds were living out in the fields,
The angels praised God.

The shepherds went to Bethlehem,
They saw the child.
The shepherds went to Bethlehem,
They glorified and praised God.

He was born in Bethlehem, land of Judea,
Great peace has come to the world.
He was born in Bethlehem, land of Judea,
Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

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