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136G. Give Thanks unto the Lord

Text Information
First Line: Give thanks unto the Lord
Title: Give Thanks unto the Lord
Translator: C. Michael Hawn
Author: Mwalimu Glenn T. Boyd
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Antiphonal Psalms; Biblical Names and Places: Amorites; Biblical Names and Places: Bashon (38 more...)
Source: Traditional Swahili.; Four African Hymns
Language: English; Swahili
Refrain First Line: Anafathili za milele (Amen, Alele, Aleluia; Amen, God's love will last forever)
Copyright: © 1994 Choristers Guild (Four African Hymns)
Tune Information
Arranger: Mwalimu Glenn T. Boyd
Arranger: J. Nathan Corbitt
Key: F Major
Source: Four African Hymns; Kihaya melody
Copyright: © 1994 Choristers Guild (Four African Hymns)
Notes: Prepare for the singing of this song by having music leaders go through each voice part of the refrain in turn, with the congregation echoing back these parts. This will not only serve to create confident harmonic singing but will also indicate which version of text will be used at the refrain. Then establish the “Ahoms” part by part, with strong attacks on each one. Make sure these are solid before beginning with the solo voice parts. Don’t think of the “Ahom” as two syllables, but rather a guttural “ah” on the grace note, with a little slide up to the hum on the downbeat. Accompany with djembe and shakers.

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