Download “Exultation!.mp3

I think this is a neat little song.  It not only conveys a joyous emotion, but it also takes the time to remind us that the journey continues -- that there is still more joy to be pursued in the future.


It was also a massive effort to record.  In GarageBand, I had 28 different tracks for the chorus that was singing the song itself (spread across the stereo spectrum), another 16 tracks for all of the “chanters,” plus 27 more tracks for all of the handclapping.


If you’re expecting a translation (or even a hint about what language this is), you’re going to be disappointed.  (Sorry.)  But since many of you will be unfamiliar with the words, let me at least point out a few things.  For one thing -- this alphabet is a bit more constricted than ours.  It shares the five vowels and the letter “y,” but a lot of the consonants are missing . . .


A  B  E  G  H  I  K  M  N  O  S  T  U  Y


Also -- every word in the song ends with a vowel.  (No closed sounds at the ends of words.)  And even if two vowels are written together, they are always pronounced separately.


Pronunciation Guide:


        “a” is always pronounced like “ah.”

        “e” is always pronounced like “ay.”

        “i” is always pronounced like “eye.”

        “o” is always pronounced like “oh.”

        “u” is always pronounced like “oo.”



One last thing.  This song sounds much better to me through stereo headsets than it does through my iMac speakers.  Maybe that’s just me.  But I thought I’d share...


:-)




Ea!

Na teya!

Ana he ya hasa ge!

Ea!

Na teya!

Ana he ya hasa ge!

(Teya!)


Homba!

Homba!

(Na teya!)

Homba!

Homba!

(Ana he ya!)


Utamba so miye hiena -- neboi!

(Na teya!)

Utamba so teya neamu -- neboi!

(Ana he ya!)


(Neboi!)

Na kusa!

(Neboi!)

Na kana!

(Neboi!)

Ana kusa ge!

Ana kusa utamba ge!


(Na teya!  Ana he ya!)


Utamba so moi no tibo -- neboi!

(Na teya!)

Utamba so suni tunibo -- neboi!

(Ana he ya!)


(Neboi!)

Na kusa!

(Neboi!)

Na kana!

(Neboi!)

Ana kusa ge!

Ana kusa utamba ge!


(Na teya!  Na teya!  Ana he ya!)


Nosaba he tuni mutiba -- iboe!

(Na teya!)

Nosaba he meo kesomba -- iboe!

(Ana he ya!)


(Iboe!)

Matusa!

(Iboe!)

Na teya!

(Iboe!)

Mia tusa ge!

Mia tusa nosaba ge!


(Na teya!  Na teya!  Na teya!  Ana he ya!)