Our Music: I Am Looking For You!

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood

Written by Ghanaian drummer Sol Amarifio, Woyaya is the title song of a 1971 album by Oisibisa, a musical group of Ghanaian and Caribbean musicians. It was frequently heard in work camps throughout central West Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. The arrangement in Singing the Journey comes from the version by Unitarian Universalist musician Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock). “Woyaya,” like many other African scat syllables, can have many meanings. According to the song’s composer, it means “We are going.”

We are going,
Heaven knows where we are going,
But we know within.
And we will get there,
Heaven knows how we will get there,
But we know we will.
It will be hard, we know,
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there,
Heaven knows how we will get there,
But we know we will.
Woyaya, woyaya, woyaya, woyaya.

For many, January is the toughest month of the year. Let’s help each other make it through by coming together in song and spirit.

I am looking for interested musicians to offer a song at our annual Pledge Dinner Celebration Potluck on Saturday, January 21st. Please contact me at music@nuuc.ca with your interest; I am available to accompany as needed.