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)
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!

Rejoice with exceeding gladness

22 Comments

    Hayede Parsa April 17, 2015Reply

    It fills the hearts with feelings of joyful emotions.Thank you, dear Elika. We will sing it all together at our Ridvan celebration in Kigali, Rwanda.

      Elika April 17, 2015Reply

      Hayedejoon, I am so delighted to hear that you will be sharing this song with your community in Kigali, Rwanda for Ridvan! This brings so much joy to my heart. Love to all.

    Darrell Elmer Rodgers April 17, 2015Reply

    Wow! Great Job Elika! Nice guitar work (kudos Larry!) and exquisite vocals by so many dear talented friends. High praise to your two producers Jon Rezin and Jarome Matthew. This is a fine global collaboration!

    bret breneman April 17, 2015Reply

    Rejoicing began in all the far corners of the world….

    Jaleh April 17, 2015Reply

    Well done our precious love Elika! This is so beautiful … Thank you for this wonderful gift. Praised be to God! YaBaha’u’l-Abha!

    Mozhdeh Mohajer April 19, 2015Reply

    Well done! Uplifting and Befitting of the Most Great Festival!

    Zekrollah April 19, 2015Reply

    Fantastic Elika, What a great achievement!!

    paty April 20, 2015Reply

    Thanks to Elika y a sus amigos,que hicieron posible este lindo sueño de voces distintas celebrando la unidad

    Karen April 20, 2015Reply

    Dearest Elika, Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful song at this joyous time of Ridvan. I will be sharing your recording with our community at the Holy Day celebrations.

    Eric April 20, 2015Reply

    Dear Elika, we share this song with community in Russia in this Greate Day of Rizvan. Very lovly and melody song. Thank you!!!!

    Omid Rahmanian April 21, 2015Reply

    Blessings upon blessings as you have blessed our first day of Ridvan in Alaska with your heavenly, uplifting, soul stirring and joyous multicultural Ridvan song.
    Happy Ridvan to you and the family.
    From ours

    eric April 21, 2015Reply

    Dear Elika, can you add to this gift rizvan song Russian part? I pray for you.

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  • Elika April 25, 2015Reply

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments. I’m so glad to hear the song has been used in several communities around the world.
    Hi Eric, a friend of mine is trying to record the song in Russian! I will let you know when it becomes available.

      Eric April 25, 2015Reply

      O, thank you dearest Elika! Do you need help in Russian part of the song?
      Keep connection please! I pray for your family and for your friends!

    Shirin April 26, 2015Reply

    So beautiful!!! And special for this occasion. Thank you!!!! <3

    Elika April 28, 2015Reply

    Thanks Eric. I have asked a Russian friend of mine to record it in Russian. Hopefully it will be available soon.
    Thank you Shirin!

    Jaleh May 3, 2015Reply

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    Jaleh May 3, 2015Reply

    We had a great 12th day Ridvan celebration yesterday at the Nairobi Bahai Centre where this precious song was sung learnt by the choir! they were soooo happy to see it in Swahili version too!
    lots of loving thanks our dearest love Elly

    Shirin Monadjem May 14, 2015Reply

    Dear Elika, thank you so much for this beautiful gift. I was not able to hear it until now. I wonder if you have a Farsi version as well. Keep up the good work.

    Glenn Franco Simmons August 14, 2015Reply

    Rejoice will be played at many joyous occasions. A timeless classic for the ages. Thank you to all who worked on this.

    Elika April 10, 2018Reply

    Hi Shirinjoon, I have an Arabic version also. It can be found here: http://music.elikamahony.com/track/rejoice-with-exceeding-gladness
    Thank you Glenn. 🙂

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