Elder Wright and the “Jambo” song

Introducing the Elder Wright original, “Jambo,” which is “hello” in Swahili.  It is a favorite of the missionaries to whom he has taught it. Everyone loves it when we try and speak a language that is foreign to us with most of us trying French, but Swahili is even more spectacular. The words are a bit difficult to get from the video, so Elder Wright has sent me the play sheet and I have added it – with the chords for those who would like to sing it on their own.  Enjoy!

JAMBO—–  (F, G, Am)  Rift (C, G, Am, F, G) 5 strum – 4/4 time

[phonetically spelled] I missed the first verse – sorry!

Jambo -o- Jambo          Jambosana

Jambo -o- Jambo          Jambosana

Ohh Ohh Ohh Ohh        Jambosana

Ohh Ohh Ohh Ohh        Jambosana

Rift

Una-la-muka                  Musuri sana

Una-la-muka                  Musuri sana

Una-la-muka                  Musuri sana

Una-la-muka                  Musuri sana

Rift

Ah ah ah ah                   Asante sana

Ah ah ah ah                   Asante sana

Ah ah ah ah                   Asante sana

Ah ah ah ah                   Asante sana

Oo Oo Hakuna               Matata

Oo Oo Hakuna               Matata

Oo Oo Hakuna               Matata

Oo Oo Hakuna               Matata

Rift

Kwaheri, Kwaheri           Poli Poli

Kwaheri, Kwaheri           Poli Poli     Repeat and walk away

Meaning in Swahili

Hello/Hello back

How are you?/And how are you?

How did you sleep?/I’m all right.

Thank you very much/Thank you very much

No problem/No problem

Goodbye, I’m all right/Goodbye, I’m all right.

About tclawson

I am a PA (physician assistant) currently currently serving a mission with my husband, Kevan, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are serving on St. Martin/Sint Maarten in the West Indies Mission.
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One Response to Elder Wright and the “Jambo” song

  1. nnamdi says:

    This brings back very , very , precious memories I have from my first visit to this enchanting East Africa nation: kenya.
    Asante sana….Mwalimo!

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