“Wasiyala (He Commanded Us)” by the Eswatini Baha’i Choir

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Manzini, Eswatini with the Eswatini Baha’i Choir who sing “Wasiyala” in siSwati from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here:

https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/wasiyala-he-commanded-us-eswatini-bahai-choir

This song was filmed and recorded in Manzini, Eswatini, December 2018.

Here are the lyrics in siSwati, followed by the English translation:

“Wasiyala Baha’u’llah watsi lulwini silucaphele. Nconota kubinza futsi ukhweshe, enkhulumeni lengelutfo. Wasiyala Baha’u’llah watsi lulwini silucaphele. Mawukhuluma kwece kungushevu, lobulalako lobhubhisako. Wasiyala Baha’u’llah watsi lulwini silucaphele. Emandla emlilo asheshe aphele, keph’elulwimi alikhulu lemnyaka. Wasiyala Baha’u’llah watsi lulwini silucaphele. Ngoba lulwimi lungumlilo, lobobotsako locotfulako.” – Baha’u’llah

English:

[Baha’u’llah admonished us to be cautious of the tongue.]

“…observe silence and refrain from idle talk. For the tongue is a smoldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison.”

“The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endureth a century.”

“Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul.”

– Baha’u’llah

You can also watch the “Studio Sessions” video series on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLePDtgwcyKAScvchcLzY-XZTmP2tdN-EY

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Jordan Raj

Randomly bursting into song is a daily occurrence for Jordan, something which his friends find both hilarious and terrifying, however, for their own survival, they have grown accustomed to acts of randomness. Growing up in both the Czech Republic and Australia, and looking like he’s from neither, Jordan took to creating Youtube videos from a young age, the intention of his content is to make people happy and hopefully spread some positivity juice. He is now studying Media in Melbourne Australia, and singing for his classmates. (he really does not sing that much)

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Discussion 3 Comments

  1. very wonderful bar. Will I listen to youtube or internet today? There is no greater sign of God – than singing together. This is true unity and leads to unity. Again and again I see in Bern how the choirs connect with each other. We artists are more than a family! But the real love for each other must never be missed. That would destroy the unit and not make the vocals sound nice! It must always be a real togetherness. Thank you Finn and Naysan

  2. The song is beautiful. They are very beautiful voices and wonderful people. These hairs are a real art. I can not see it enough. Hopefully Shoghi Effendi will also hear this wonderful talk with these enchanting people. A splendid splendor these people. I love these people above all else! They are just beautiful. Thanks Finn and Naysan

  3. I wanted to say dear Naysan! Hopefully Shoghi Effendi will hear this beautiful song. Not conversation. Sometimes when sending to bahaiblog- come words I did not write. It often makes mistakes when sending to bahaiblog! Sorry dear Naysan

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