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Bleaching the Stains that Once Tainted the Essence of a Historical Song

Griffin Lotson’s deep dive on the origin of Kumbaya


A long-standing dispute had tainted the real essence of a song that has connected West African slaves to God. The origin of the song “Kum ba yah” (Come by Here) - had been debated for so long, and a lot of claims had risen on who authored this one-of-a-kind song.
Griffin Lotson pleads the case for the Gulla Geechee; enslaved West Africans who were settling on the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. Through collaborative and intensive research done with American Folklife Center (AFC), Lotson shares the fruits of his research to shed light on the truth about the origin of this spiritually uplifting, and historical song. In his book, “Kumbaya,” Lotson offers a conclusive account on the topic which he had built and acquired through AFC’s extensive collection of records and information. By revisiting and scrutinizing it, Lotson saw a clearer picture of who were the genuine authors of the song, Kumbaya. It is a song traditionally sang by African slaves, pleading God to “Come by Here” and remove their bondages, and free them from the grips of slavery.
Lotson created a strong relationship with the United States of America Library of Congress and some of its officials, and it had resulted in the conception of this historically nurturing book. With the publication of this book, and the song being recognized as Georgia’s First State Historical Song in nearly 300 years, Lotson hopes to clear up all the confusion on who wrote the song. Although they are a minority, the Gulla Geechee certainly made an impact through this song historically, and Lotson certainly believes that credit should be given to where it’s due.
The song, more than its historic significance, had given the West African slaves hope. A hope that one day the oppression set on them will end. It’s a spiritual connection they had clung to, and its sense should have never been tainted with the claims on who wrote it.
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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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