One Village

In our recent performance, the Gettin’ Higher Choir sang a song written by another community choir leader, Maggie Wheeler.  I believe this will become one part of our core repertoire (songs that we consider to be keepers) even though it was intended as a children’s song.

This morning on Google Plus I shared a post linking to a piece written by my friend Rosemary Cairns in her Hopebuilding blog site The potential power of ‘many small coffee shops’ – a reflection on personal agency  where she speaks about the impact of division and separateness.  This article is such a powerful reminder that we are One Village, and I was reminded of our love of this song.  So I thought I would share a video and the lyrics so that you can be uplifted and inspired as well:

Umbuntu – We are One Village

 

Umbuntu, Umbuntu, Umbuntu Ngubuntu Ngubantu
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, Umbuntu Ngubuntu Ngubantu

 

We are small but we are mighty
We are small but we are brave
And we stand out in the sunshine
And embrace another day

 

We are one village, Sisters brothers all
We are one village, It holds both great and small
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, We sing beneath the stars
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, I am because we are

 

If we hold onto each other
We will know where we belong
And we’ll see inside each other’s eyes
The things that make us strong

 

We are one village, Sisters brothers all
We are one village, It holds both great and small
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, We sing beneath the stars
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, I am because we are

 

In this chain of human kindness
We can hold each other’s hand
Like a child unto its mother
When first it learns to stand

 

We are one village, Sisters brothers all
We are one village, It holds both great and small
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, We sing beneath the stars
Umbuntu, Umbuntu, I am because we are

 

I am, I am, I am, I am
I am, I am, I am, I am
I am, I am, I am, I am
I am because we are

 

You can hear Maggie’s choir singing this on line here.  Thank you Maggie for this beautiful song and beautiful reminder.