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Somlandela (We Will Follow)

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1 We will follow, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow, we will follow him.
We will follow, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow Jesus where he leads us.

2 Through the valleys, we will follow Jesus.
Through the valleys, we will follow him.
Through the valleys, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow Jesus where he leads us.

3 To the mountains, we will follow Jesus.
To the mountains, we will follow him.
To the mountains, we will follow Jesus.
To the mountains, we will follow Jesus.

4 In the city, we will follow Jesus.
In the city, we will follow him.
In the city, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow Jesus where he leads us.

5 In our classroom, we will follow Jesus.
In our classroom, we will follow him.
In our classroom, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow Jesus where he leads us.

6 In our calling, we will follow Jesus.
In our calling, we will follow him.
In our calling, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow Jesus where he leads us.

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The call to follow Christ that is expressed in this song, is also expressed very comprehensively in Our World Belongs to God, paragraphs 41-43: “To follow this Lord is to serve him wherever we are without fitting in, light in darkness, salt in a spoiling world.”

 

Belhar Confession, Section 4, is also explicit in helping us to sense our call to follow Christ who wishes to “bring about justice and true peace among people.”

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Somlandela (We Will Follow)

Tune Information

Name
SOMLANDELA
Key
G Major
Meter
10.9.10.10

Musical Suggestion

We often associate drumming with African music, but “Somlandela” comes from an a cappella African tradition. The four voice parts shown on the page are a good starting point. A song leader will help bring the song to the next level, heating the song up with interjections like the one in the first ending. In this style, it is entirely appropriate for the song leader to make up new verses on the spot to fit the occasion. Of course, accompanying the song with a band or drumming is not out of the question either.
— Greg Scheer

Consider the following suggestion for use with children:
  • The Zulu in this song is easy for children to learn as well as English. A leader can lead through the additional verses. Have a discussion about the meaning of this simple song, and let the children suggest additional stanzas. (i.e., In our families…., )
  • If you have a hand drum or djembe, let a rhythmic child play either a steady beat or rhythmic pattern.
— Diane Dykgraaf
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Somlandela (We Will Follow)

Composer Information

Dean B. McIntyre is the director of music resources at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee, a position that includes responsibility for development of musical and worship resources, planning and leading field events related to music and worship, continued development and expansion of GBOD’s music website, and the MethodistMusicians email listserv.
 
McIntyre has published works for organ, handbells, and adult and children’s choirs with a number of publishers. He is a member of ASCAP and a Life Member of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.
 
McIntyre received a B.A. in organ performance, California State University, San Bernardino; a Masters in music, post-secondary music education, Eastern New Mexico University; and a Ph.D. in fine arts, (music history and literature) from Texas Tech University.
— Cokesbury Contributor Bio (http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/bookstore.aspx?contributorid=144388)
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