Ni Wewe Bwana (It is You Lord)




This is a lovely gospel song sung in Swahili and has special meaning for me.

It is special because on my first trip to Kenya a group of orphans encircled me and sang this lovely song. It really touched me.

No one translated the song for me at that time.  Though I could not speak Swahili I knew it was a worship song unto God.

I tried to track the song down for a long time.  Every time I would ask a Kenyan friend, no one would know which song I was trying to recollect.

I only knew the words "Ni wewe bwana" and decided to search on YouTube when I couldn't get any of my friends to help me find the song.  Guess what,  I found it! (Update: It has already been some years since I found it and had a Tanzanian friend translate it for  me.)

The version I'm sharing is the same song but this one on the video is sung to a slightly faster beat.  It is sung by well known (now deceased) Tanzanian Gospel singer, Fanuel Sedekia.

This song gives me joy and lifts me up. At a time when the world is mourning for Paris, for Syria, for Beirut, for Japan, for Kenya, for the Ukraine and many other places, some of us need a lift.

God bless and keep you and your loved ones safe.


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Update: Since a few people have tried to help me find the song and translation I'm posting the translation here as provided by my friend from Tanzania.

(Sedekia) ee ni wewee ni wewe bwana ni wewee ni wewe bwaana.( trans) ee is you, is you lord ,is you, is you lord
(Vocals) ni wewe ni wewe bwana ni wewe ni wewe bwana.(trans) is you, is you lord , is you , is you lord
( Sedekia) ee ni wewe-- as above.
( vocals) as above.
(Sedekia) ee ni wewee unayetujali  ni wewe bwaana ni wewe bwaana ( trans) ee is  you who care for us, is you lord, is you lord
( vocals) is you, is you lord, is you, is you lord
(Sedekia) ee ni wewee unayetupenda ni wewe bwaana ni wewe bwaana( trans) ee is you who loves us, is you lord, is you lord.
Vocals: is you, is  you lord, is you, is you lord.
(Sedekia)ee  Ni wewe uweza  ni wako ni wewe bwana ni wewe bwaana.(trans) ee you're almighty, is you lord , is you lord.
(Vocals) is you, is you lord, is you is you lord.
(Sedekia) again as above (almighty.)
(Vocals.) as above.
(Sedekia) ni wewe mamlaka ni yako ni wewe bwaana ni wewe bwaana ( trans) you have the authority,is you lord is you lord.
(Vocals) ni wewee wewe bwana ni wewe ni wewe bwaana( trans) is you, is you lord , is you , is you lord.
(Sedekia) ni wewe uweza ni wako ni wewe bwana ni wewe bwaana(trans) you're almighty, is you lord is you lord.
(Vocals) is you, is you lord , is you is you lord.
(Sedekia) ni wewe mamlaka ni yako ni wewe bwaana ni wewe bwaana.(trans) you have the authority, is you lord, is you lord.
(Vocals) is you, is you lord, is you, is you lord.
(Sedekia)  ni wewe uweza ni wako ni wewe bwaana ni wewe bwaana( trans) you're almighty, is you lord, is you lord.
(Vocals ) is you, is you lord, is you, is you lord.Sedekia and vocals ) is you is you x 15.
( the lady) ni wewe ndiwe ngome yetuuu ( trans) our fortress or castle
(Lady) ni wewe msaada wetu naa( trans ) our support and
(Lady) ni wewe ndiwe baba yetu Jehova(trans) our father Yah
(Lady) ni wewe ndiwe jemedari mkuuuu( trans) you are the great centurion .
( all ) is you  x 25.
(Sedekia) ni wewe glory( trans) ni mwenye utukufu.
(Sedekia) x7  - twakutazama wewe, kwa Kuwa ufalme ni wako  na nguvu na utukuuufu na hata milele, milele x 8 mh oo Yesu.( trans) we are looking you for yours is the kingdom and power/ strength and glory forever  forever x8.
Mh oh Yesu.(trans) mh ooh  Jesus.
.The end.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Joyful, Thank you for the uplifting song. I watched it on YouTube and saw a link to another version you may enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWnDhFhXc4 and as one of the commenters there said, “This is indeed a great worship song. It really blesses me.”

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    1. Hi John, thank you for the kind comment and the link. The version you've posted is a different song of the same name.

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  2. It is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. Such a beautiful melody, you can tell it's a wish for a more peaceful world.

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  4. Oh there is something about African gospel music that touches my soul - I just loved that - thank you for sharing. I found the lyrics along with English translation here - https://africangospellyrics.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/wewe-ni-bwana-lyrics-by-enid-moraa/ beautiful music and beautiful words.

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    1. Hi, Africanaussie, I agree that African gospel music is touching and I'm glad you liked it.

      Sorry to say that the lyrics you found are not the right ones. You and John's Island have found a song of almost the same same name. Thanks for trying :-)

      I actually do have the lyrics in my email somewhere. Once I found the song on line I asked a friend to translate. I may find them and add them here.

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  5. Its beautiful. Thank you for sharing this worship song.

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  6. Pretty song, and like you said, very uplifting. Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. nice song with great lyrics. thanks for sharing.

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  8. I cannot thank you enough for sharing the words!! I'm a church music director and we have several Swahili speaking members who recently started attending. I've been desperately trying to find a meaningful but easy enough song for the rest of the congregation (who are English AND Spanish speaking) to learn. Asante!!!

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  9. thank you for finding this, i‘ve been looking for this song for over a year now. i used to sing this songs with ugandan orphans and feel so blessed.

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