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Olorun Agbaye – Nathaniel Bassey × Chandler Moore × Oba (Song Of The Day)

Olorun Agbaye is a classic Yoruba song that has been sung in worship and astonishment at the vastness and endlessness of an all-mighty God.
The phrase itself means the God of the universe.

One thing I have learned over the years is that looking at God from an African perspective gives you a beauty, a magnificence, an unparalleled view that a Eurocentric view, even with its science and arts cannot give you.

I have heard phrases used to extol God in African languages that are either impossible to translate, or are significantly less pungent when translated to English.
With this Nathaniel Bassey led modern take on Olorun Agbaye, a great attempt is made at bridging the classic and the modern.

Chandler Moore does a great job with the opening lines. He and Nathaniel Bassey gave great verses to a timeless Yoruba piece.
But when Oba opens her mouth to give God an oriki, this transcends the song to a level the English language will always struggle to get to.

This is one of those instances I am happy I understand the Yoruba language and do not need an interpreter.
In the lyrics section, an attempt is made to translate her Eulogy to the English language. They did a great job, but believe me, it sounds a thousand times better in the original.

With this song, I hope you have not lost your sense of wonder. I hope you can approach His presence and marvel at His splendor.
I believe you will approach the throne of grace, and find strength for times like this.

Olorun Agbaye Lyrics

[Verse 1: Chandler Moore]
You are Good, you’re kind you are more than these
I’m lost for words trying to describe you
Elohim, Elyon, Aleselewi
Your Greatness is all I see
There is nothing you cannot do
There’s no mountain you cannot move

[Pre – Chorus]
If you have said it then you will do it
Cause You have a track record of keeping words
And you’re not about to stop doing it now

[Chorus]
Olorun Agbaye o, (you’re Mighty o)
Olorun Agbaye oh, oh (you’re Mighty o)
Shebi iwo lo f’oju orun, (S’aso bora)
Shebi eyin le f’oju orun o (S’aso bora)
Olorun Agbaye oh, (you’re Mighty o)

[Verse 2: Nathaniel Bassey]
By the Blood that you shed we have overcome
Discharged and acquitted for life
Then you gave us the right to your Holy Name
The scepter of power and strength
There is nothing you cannot change
There’s no bondage you cannot break

[Pre – Chorus]
If you have said it then you will do it
Cause You have a track record of keeping words
And you’re not about to stop doing it now

[Chorus]
Olorun Agbaye o, (you’re Mighty o)
Olorun Agbaye oh, oh (you’re Mighty o)
Shebi iwo lo f’oju orun, (S’aso bora)
Shebi eyin le f’oju orun o (S’aso bora)
Olorun Agbaye oh, (you’re Mighty o)

[Bridge]
(You’re Mighty Oh,
You’re Mighty Oh) [Repeat]

Shebi iwo lo f’oju orun, (S’aso bora)
Shebi eyin le f’oju orun, S’aso bora[Repeat]
Olorun Agbaye oh, you’re Mighty

[… YORUBA CHANTS: Oba…]
Olorun Agbaye O (God of the Universe)
Oluwa, Oluwa wa; Oruko Re ti n’iyin to (O Lord, Our God; how excellent is Your name)
E se gbe gbe, E gbe ‘nu aye (You dwell on earth)
E gbe gbe gbe, E gbe ‘nu orun (You dwell in heaven)
E tun wa fi’kale s’inu omo adarihu’run (You also dwell in man)
Obiri nti, aji p’ojo iku da (The One who changes things, who reverses death to life)
Amamamumu Eledumare (The awesome God)
Atabatubu Elerun’iyin (the Mighty one who is fearful in praises)
(You are mighty)

Olorun nla t’o n s’ohun nla (The great God who does great things)
Giga, giga, giga, giga, giga l’oruko Re (Exalted is Your name)
Atobito o, Atobijulo (The One who is great, the One who is the greatest)
At’obatele, Atof’arati (The deserving King, the One who can be relied upon)
Adun n bagbe, Adun n balo (The One with whom living is sweet, the One with partnership/relationship is sweet)
Oni’bu ola, Atobiju (The One who has oceans of wealth, the greatest One)
Gbigbega, gbigbega, gbigbega, gbigbega ni O o, Olorun agbaye (You are continuously exalted, God of the Universe)
(You are Mighty)

Olugbala, Olugbanila (Saviour, the One who saves)
Oluwosan, Oluwonisan (Healer, the One who heals)
Aragba yamu yamu, Ekun oko Farao (The wonderful and powerful one, of whom Pharaoh was terrified)
Oba wa a, Oba wo o, Oba wawa wowo (The all-round mysterious King)
Bashorun ode Orun (The Ruler of heaven)
Giga, giga, giga, giga, l’Oruko Re (Exalted is Your name)

Mighty oh, oh, you’re Mighty oh

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