A gift song for Ridvan: Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness
I’m thrilled to share that I have been working on a song composed specially for the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan. Ten days ago I had the idea of setting a quotation to music in different languages that the whole community in various parts of the world could sing together. I found a beautiful quotation revealed by Baha’u’llah for Ridvan and asked friends around the globe to help me find the translation in six languages. We now have it recorded in English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish and French! Friends in several countries recorded the different languages and sent the files which were then combined into one song. Each verse is followed by the chorus of ‘Allah’u’Abha’ where everyone can join in.
I would like to thank several friends for their time and wonderful talent who contributed to this song. Firstly to Larry Magee who played all the guitars parts. Many thanks to all the singers: Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Wang Jia Ni 王佳妮 (Chinese), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili) and Nasim Anayati Maani (German). Thanks also to Jon Rezin, a producer who helped with Auntieclare’s recording and finally my deepest gratitude and thanks to Jarome Matthew, another talented producer, who took the time to edit it all and put the song together despite his hectic schedule!
Hopefully in the next week I will release the short version of the song in separate languages so that the communities have the choice of singing the Ridvan song in their own language. I will let you know when they’re up on the website.
Click the link to download the lyrics: Rejoice with exceeding gladness – a song for Ridvan-LYRICS
The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it). Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ on the website you can download it as a gift (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation. Just enter whatever amount you wish.
Since I posted this blog, there are now individual tracks available of the Ridvan song (shortened versions) in each language. Click here for more info and to download the individual songs & instrumental version.
I hope you enjoy the song!