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Kumbaya: A Song Echoing Throughout History

Georgia native, Griffin Lotson shares his account on the history and origin of a song that has touched countless lives all over the world


“Kum ba yah” (“Come by Here”), a plead for God to come and offer His divine intervention, is a song with an origin that had been disputed for a long time. The song, which already made the international lexicon had touched countless lives in a spiritual sense. However, with time, its true meaning and essence are slowly disappearing and people no longer put enough value on its historical importance. We can blame the disputes of its origin and claims on who really wrote the song, because of these disputes and claims, the song is also losing its credibility. This is exactly the reason why Griffin Lotson, after ninety-four years of the song’s conception, stepped up in an attempt to clear up the cobwebs and shed light on who should get the credit for the creation of this one-of-a-kind song.
He made this possible by building a strong partnership and collaboration with the United States of America Library of Congress and some of its officials. The intent of this book is to give people a more accurate depiction of the song’s history and at the same time, regain the real sense of the phrase “Kumbaya.”
In this book, Griffin Lotson shares his research and the information he gathered from revisiting the records present in the American Folklife Center (AFC). AFC’s archive is an extensive collection of records and information and by revisiting and scrutinizing it, Lotson was able to conclude that the song was of African origin, West African to be exact. The song was conceived by a group of enslaved West Africans who were settling in the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia and are collectively known as Gulla Geechee. Complete with information and records, he left no stone unturned and had provided everything to back up his claim and give credit where it’s due.
The book isn’t just about finding the truth on the origin of a song. It is, in fact, an eye-opener for everyone, an introduction to the rich culture of the Gulla Geechee and a quest to regain the glory “Kum Ba Yah” once had and should have never lost.
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Kumbaya: The World’s Most Famous Song
Author: Griffin Lotson
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date:  October 2020
Book Genre:  Educational,  History
About the Author
Griffin Lotson lifelong cultural arts, Lionheart of determination experience is an African-American historian and a businessman who grew up in Darien, Georgia. He is a seventh-generation Gullah Geechee. He is the manager of the nationally acclaimed Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters. He is the national Federal Government vice-chairman and former National treasurer of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. He is also the CEO of Sams Memorial Community Economic Development, a non-profit organization.

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