How it all Began

My name is Rain. There is this whole story about my parents expecting a boy they hoped to call Enock… but then oops, a girl! For inspiration, they looked to the weather and found it appropriate to name me after it (Or maybe they were simply pulling my leg with the whole Enock thing, since I have three brothers after me with biblical names none of which is Enock… Hmm.) I also love the Lord with the fullness of my heart, my soul, and everything in me. And this blog, in it’s entirety is for the purpose of His glory, that is why it gives me so much joy to continue to add to the collections, and to have more and more people be touched by Him, even if for a moment… Those are the two essentials about me. So about the blog:

This blog started accidentally; I was listening to a popular gospel song in my dialect on YouTube and there were numerous requests for translations. Since the song was such a blessing to me, I went ahead and wrote the lyrics- first in my dialect and then attached the English translation. I didn’t have anywhere to place it so that it could bless other people and so I decided to create a blog. And then I tried about ten more songs in my dialect, tried others in languages I wasn’t too familiar with… and here we are.

Accuracy and integrity are my main goals – I try to be as accurate as humanly possible in making sure that the lyrics are accurate and/or message intended by the singer(s) is the same one that is passed on. Therefore should there be any errors, mispronunciations, and misprints, kindly point them out so that they can be corrected (commenting under the post in question is the way to go).

Navigating the site is easy and intuitive. I tag the singer(s)/group names and categorize the songs first by country and then by language. Some languages – most frequently English, French and Swahili are spoken in more than one country. In that event, I still tag the language and then the singer(s) country of origin. That way it is easy not only to find songs, but also discover new ones in one’s area/language of interest.

I give credit where it is due: If I copy lyrics from a website, I credit the source and provide a link. This applies also to lyrics submitted by users/passers-by (twitter handle is the default way to go unless a website link accompanies the submitted lyrics).

Suggestions and submissions are welcome. I would recommend suggestions be done on Facebook/Twitter (For easy tracking) – if this is not possible, then comment under on the Requests Page. Submissions are welcome in any platform convenient to you (email: africangospellyrics[at]gmail[dot]com if needed). Chords, encouragement, words of wisdom are welcome as well.

Follow this blog @africanpraise on Twitter or by direct subscription if you would like to be alerted when new lyrics are up. Alternatively, if you are on Facebook you can click here to like the page.

Here is to hoping that this blog blesses you and fills you the way it does for me.

Blessings,
Rain

109 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wafula
    Oct 06, 2021 @ 07:34:40

    I think you do an extremely important Job, Thank you and may the Lord reward you fully.

    Oh, and tell Mama and Papa, I, think Rain is a cool name, As cool as mine matter of factly, Wafula translates Rain in Samia (Uganda).

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  2. Trish M.
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 18:24:06

    Thank you Rain, the lyrics you post have been such a blessing to me as an english speaking person from Detroit, Michigan in the U.S., God bless!

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  3. Ansi
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 10:36:45

    Thank you Rain (Namvula/Bura) in my Namibian dialects, for the work that you are doing glory be to the Mighty God who instilled that thought in you to translate the gospel songs. May the Lord God bless you. Thank you for translating Loyembo yamitema.
    Ansi

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  4. Malerato Harmans
    Jan 17, 2019 @ 09:32:36

    I really like this block it helps me to understand the meaning of the songs, may God continue to bless you

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  5. ssesha
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 08:23:35

    thank you rain i am Ugandan and love south African songs, over the years these songs have been blessing me but did understand them.. until when i arrived at this blog. am now able to understand them and get blessed.. may the Almighty bless your work. We love you.

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  6. CAROL Griffiths
    Aug 11, 2018 @ 18:03:35

    My choir (Chocolate Lillies) has been learning Holonofatsa…but the translation makes it meaningful.Thank you.
    What a great sound for joyous blessings

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  7. forevamoe
    Apr 12, 2018 @ 04:33:10

    Hae Rain..Let it Rain. This year, my browsing history has been full of African language searches. As a Bantu I challenged myself to learn other Bantu speaking dialects. The second phase will be the Niger belt West African languages then finally the Northern Arabic. Coincidentally,Today I watched several TED Talks where speakers claim that native languages stand a chance of extinction in 100 years time. My motivation is to have the capacity to transfer the native African languages to my generation (am 25YO). Am using my adventure as a vessel of preservation..I see your efforts as well, trying to unite us and foster cultural exchange.. Congratulations. I pray for growth in your endeavor.

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  8. Shane Kim
    Apr 01, 2018 @ 15:54:59

    Thank rain for all the work on the site. I am attending Zulu service every Sunday and your translations help us a lot. God bless you.

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  9. Timothy
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 20:42:26

    Good and Cool things, you are doing here Rain

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  10. symphonyofnations
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 23:01:02

    My actual question – where can I buy more of Sibusiso’s music? In order to ‘join free’ Reverbnations I have to give my Facebook friends and email etc. I don’t want to share all that information – just buy his music. Is there another platform where it is available? Thanks for answering if you know. This question goes beyond your purpose of translating, but is also part of opening access to the music of Africa. Thanks.

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  11. symphonyofnations
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 22:53:34

    Thank you Rain for this helpful and God-inspired website. I found you while looking for information about Sibusiso Ntsala – wanting to know his nationality and a little about him. I have been very blessed by his Strolling with the Lamb song. You are a precious link between people like me – English speakers – and the African continent so rich with creative song-writing. Thanks again.

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  12. annahnafula
    May 11, 2016 @ 03:55:35

    Thank you for blessing us Rain

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  13. Malale
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 06:15:35

    naipenda sana hii website
    from Tanzania,.woow

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  14. Patience Okenyi
    Feb 23, 2016 @ 04:27:54

    Great Job God bless you richly.

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  15. Nita Coulibaly
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 15:41:46

    Rain, I want to thank you blessing me and my family with your website. I love the Lord and have been interested in learning other languages and dialects through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel closer to my sisters and brothers in Africa like never before. (by the way, I am American born and my husband is Malian born and I am happy to introduce songs from his countrymen and neighbors which brings back memories for him) God bless you.

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    • Rain
      Feb 28, 2016 @ 12:41:22

      Glory to God, glad to have played a part in your blessings.
      We would LOVE music from Mali, please have him contribute, any songs that speaks to him, would speak to all of us too.

      Blessings.

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  16. Milka
    Dec 07, 2015 @ 21:10:17

    I just found your blog today and I am swell. I even found 4 in my mother tongue, Kikuyu and shared them with some of my sisters in Christ, Thank you Rain for your contribution to African Gospel and for keeping lyrics and translations alive. Ahsante sana na Mungu akubariki (Thank you very much and God bless you) in Swahili.

    Shalom,
    Milka Ndaani

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    • Rain
      Dec 24, 2015 @ 19:45:09

      Blessings Milka. Tell your Mom to share her favourite ones with us too 🙂 Blessed New Year to you.

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  17. Humble
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:54:33

    9c….1 dear, i love it

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  18. Humble
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:33:11

    9c….1 dear….. I love it

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  19. Daniel
    Nov 05, 2015 @ 07:43:23

    I really love this, and i need more update,i am touched by all this…..

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  20. Livia
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 21:32:03

    Parabéns!!!! Amei conhecer a adoração de meus irmãos africanos!!!!!! Demais!

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  21. tg
    Jun 26, 2015 @ 08:45:23

    A great work! May God bless you! As soon as I figured out chords on some african gospel songs, I will send it as a pdf to your mail.

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  22. edidiong
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 19:53:30

    Please please upload the lyrics to “I agenda yezulu”,PLEASE

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  23. Augustino
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:26:11

    you are a blessing!!!!

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  24. samuel abekah
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 13:16:43

    Please can you get me the lyrics of ‘Makuma eri di erusie’ by all stars.

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  25. Eric Larsey
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 10:55:57

    God bless you Rain, may He add more vision to you. I have a song I want to give it to you but what is the cost involve please

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  26. Puleng
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 06:51:34

    thank you so much for this blog it is very much inspirational and educating. we need to learn praises and worshipping in all native languages and this came very handy. may god increase your knowledge and wisdom and bless you abundantly.

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  27. Inonge
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 03:05:52

    Thank you so much you are tremendous blessing..I love the song Imela and this blog has helped me blessed by this song even more because I deeply understand the words now..May God continue to bless you, may all the glory be unto him..

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  28. Gabrielle
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 20:03:20

    This has been such a blessing! Thank you!

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  29. Grace
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 16:03:15

    Remain bless
    Thank you = Nsum (cameroonian dialect)

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  30. mcblessing1
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 17:57:58

    May GOD keep blessing you abundantly Rain… Thank You soo much for the ministry.

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  31. Metty Markwei
    Aug 16, 2014 @ 16:40:03

    Rain, you have no idea how this website has blessed me and my church choir in Ghana! Keep updating! God bless you! –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rRxacnCRj8 and check out their youtube page for more Ghanaian songs!

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    • Rain
      Aug 24, 2014 @ 17:31:14

      You are a member of that choir? Awesome! I’m glad to have contributed my bit to that praise. Blessings.

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  32. Cliff
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 10:38:57

    I love this !!!!

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