“Bonse Aba” is a traditional gospel from Zambia in the Bembe language. It is based on the biblical phrase: “All those who have received Him have the right to be called children of God.” John 1:12.
The song was arranged for chorus in 2004 by Andrew Fischer, who learned it during his trip to Zambia. According to his testimony, the song is six verses longer than the version known in the west.
Due to its cheerful and uplifting spirit, the song has become a favourite for choruses and vocal ensembles around the world. It is easy to be sung by all voices, male, female and children, in multiple combinations.
On this page you will find the lyrics in Bembe, the English translation and a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download. You can also watch two music videos so that you can sing along.
Table of Contents
- Printable Lyrics PDF
- Lyrics in Bembe
- Music Videos
Printable Lyrics PDF
Click on the button to download a PDF file with lyrics to this song for free.
Lyrics in Bembe
Bonse aba, mu pokelela, Ba lipele maka akuba bana. (repeat)
Kuba bana, kuba bana, kuba bana bakwa lesa. (repeat)
Muya ya ya, muya ya ya, muya ya ya, bakwa lesa. (repeat)
Those that sing have the right to be called the children of God.
Are children in the power of God
Forever, forever, forever in the power of God.
Sing-along Video (arr. A. Fischer)
Sing-along Video with Lyrics (Arr. Victor C. Johnson)
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