Betelehemu by Mormon Tabernacle Choir (African Christmas Song) Full Lyrics

Song Tittle: Betelehemu

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir



Awa yi o ri Baba gbo jule.
Awa yi o ri Baba fehenti.
Awa yi o ri Baba gbo jule.
Awa yi o ri Baba fehenti.

Awa yi o ri Baba gbo jule.
Awa yi o ri Baba fehenti.
Nibo labi Jesu,
Nibo lagbe bii.

Betelehemu ilu ara,
Nibe labi Baba o daju,

Iyin, Iyin, Iyin, nifuno.
Iyin, Iyin, Iyin, nifuno.

Adupe fun o,
jooni,Baba olo reo.
Adupe fun o,
jooni,Baba olo reo.

Iyin, fun o Baba anu, Baba toda wasi


This is a Yoruba Christmas song. The translation is below;

Betelehemu was written for the Glee Club of Morehouse College Glee Club (Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia) by their choir director, Dr. Wendell P. Whalum based on a song which he received from by an African student on a Rotary scholarship, Michael Babtunde Olatunj in the 1950’s.


We are glad that we have a Father to trust.
We are glad to have a Father to rely upon.

Where was Jesus born?
Where was he born?

Bethlehem the city of wonder.
That is where the Father was born for sure.

Praise, Praise, Praise be to Him
We thank Thee, We thank Thee for this day,

Gracious Father.
Praise be to Thee, Merciful Father.


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