Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 31 March |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Natalia Tułasiewicz
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

WATCH: “Baba Yetu,” the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili

Aleteia - published on 05/24/16

Powerful and beautiful ...

Need an idea for Lenten almsgiving?

Help us spread faith on the internet. Would you consider donating just $10, so we can continue creating free, uplifting content?

Make a Lenten donation here

The video game Civilization IV was released in 2005 with a theme song composed specifically for the game, titled “Baba Yetu.”

Composed by Christopher Tin, the song made history in 2011 by being the first song composed for a video game to win a Grammy.

What many people don’t know is that “Baba Yetu” is actually the “Our Father” sung in Swahili.

Alex Boyé, a London-born son of a Nigerian couple, has recorded a version of the song on his YouTube channel.

It’s beautiful and moving:

Baba yetu uliye
 (Our Father)

mbinguni yetu, yetu (in heaven, our, our)

Amina! baba yetu, yetu, uliye (Amen! Our Father)

Jina lako milele litukuzwe (Hallowed is your name forever)

Utupe leo chakula chetu (Give us this day our bread)

Tunachohitaji (We need it)

Utusamehe makosa yetu, hey! (Forgive us our trespasses)

kama nasi tunavyowasamehe waliotukosea (As we forgive those who have trespassed against us)

Usitututie katika majaribu lakini (Don’t let us fall into temptation, but)

Utuokoe na yule milele na yule (Deliver us from evil for ever)

Ufalme wako ufike (Thy kingdom come)

utakalo lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni (On earth as in heaven)

Amina! (Amen!)

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.