About American folk music, and the song “Kum ba ya”

A traditional folk music is well known in your country and it’s passed on through generations. A folk music also tells a story.

I chose the song “Kumbaya”

Kumbaya is a spiritual song from the 1930s. Kumbaya means “come by here” “kum ba ya” in Gullah language. Gullah is an African American population in the U.S. south Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Kumbaya became a very popular song for camp fires in the 1960s.

My Mom used to sing it in summer camp when she was younger.


“kum ba ya”(“come by here”) notes translated from a 1926 recording.

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One comment to About American folk music, and the song “Kum ba ya”

  1. Elijah says:

    That’s interesting, I didn’t know that about that song, but now I do and it’s pretty cool.

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