On Siyahamba

“We are marching in the light of God”. … then walking, dancing, singing, or any other verbs describing a human action demonstrating love for God.

Many Christians are familiar with this upbeat hymn with seemingly African roots. Wikipedia credits a South African for composing  Siyahamba in 1950, which was eventually picked up by Western culture in 1978.

Our handbell choir played Siyahamba at a recent church event. Although we played the same arrangement as in the video, we portrayed (through dynamics) one village traveling to another village to celebrate – celebrate – then leave. In other words, the music starts softly, crescendos to a peak, then fades away.