Thursday, June 20, 2024
THE MERRYMAKERS

THE MERRYMAKERS

ÀJÀGBÓ OLÓRÒ (YORUBA) – Festive Period Music
Ajagbo (do:do:mi) is a brand of music earmarked for a period of festivity in some parts of Yorubaland. The Ajagbo choral groups compose and sing about the current events in their communities. The following was popular in some parts of Ekiti, a Yoruba subgroup, in the 70s.
Ajagbo ol’oro, odun me-i jo,
Ajagbo ol’oro, odun me-i jo o,
Ara, Baba, agba lu-wo mo a da!
We a ku l’omode o,
Ara, Baba, agba lu-wo mo a da!
We a ku l’omode o,
Ara, Baba, agba lu-wo mo a da!
Ajagbo ol’oro, odun me-i jo,
Ajagbo ol’oro, odun me-i jo o.
(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)
Ajagbo merrymakers, the festive season is here,
Ajagbo merrymakers, the festive season is here again,
Greetings, Father, you will live long!
You won’t die prematurely,
Greetings, Father, you will live long!
You won’t die prematurely,
Greetings, Father, you will live long!
Ajagbo merrymakers, the festive season is here,
Ajagbo merrymakers, the festive season is here again.

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