I would like to mix things up a bit this week! The recording I wanted to share with you today comes to us from South Africa, and is a setting of the Swahili translation of the Lord's Prayer.
I love this piece because of its positivity and dynamism. It is a poignant example of just how much of what we consider to be sacred is actually cultural. Surely, the two do overlap in a number of important ways, but it is always good to be mindful of the distinctions between them. When I listen to this, I can't help but think of our own settings of the Lord's Prayer (whether sung or spoken), and admire the difference in outlook that is implicit in the music.
I find this piece endlessly refreshing and interesting not only because of what it says to us about God, but about what it says about us as a people. This is a recording by the Stellenbosch University Choir, by far the best of such ensembles to come out of South Africa.
I hope you enjoy it! And I hope you are well these days,