OLISA by Jude Nnam


Title: Olisa {also known as akam di n’elu}
Composer (s): Jude Nnam (The Ancestor)
Type: Music Sheet/mp3
Notation: Solfa sheet music [SATB]
Purpose/Occasion: Offertory, Concerts
Language: Igbo

This catholic igbo song is a classical piece from one of Nigeria’s best composers – The Ancestor himself. It is a widely know piece in Nigeria and even worldwide. Mainly used in catholic churches for offertory procession as well as concerts. In Rumuokwurusi Deanery, St. Kizito catholic Church Choir was the first choir to perform this classical catholic music in grand style.

 OLISA Lyrics

BASS INTRO:

K’anyi kelee Ya n’orulu Ya.

Kelee Ya n’okwesiri Ya;

Kelee Ya n’oziere Ya. Kelee Ya. Kunie k’anyi…

BASS CONT: kelee Ya n’orulu Ya. Kelee Ya n’okwesiri Ya. Kelee Ya n’oziere Ya. Kelee Ya; Kunie

REF:

k’anyi kelee Ya n’oruru Ya.

Kelee Ya n’okwesiri Ya. Kelee Ya n’oziere Ya.

Kelee Ya Nna! Leken’iheoma nile di n’uwa, ha busi oru aka Gi!

Chukwu Nna nk’igwe, Oruolo Gi! O kwesiri Gi! Oziere Gi! Ekele diri Gi.

Otito diri Gi! Ebube zuru Gi ahu, Nna! Olisa I meela! Ihe di ebube k’In’eme! Ih’Imere juru m afo. Ih’Imere juru m anya!

Aka m di n’elu! Oruolu Gi! Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi. Otito diri Gi! Oziere Gi= Igwe n’eche ndu mo!

Aka m di n’elu! Oruolo Gi, Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi. Otito diri Gi! Oziere Gi- Chi n’eme mma!

TENOR:

kelee Ya; jee jaa Ya mma! To-be Olisa nk’igwe, kele Chineke nk’igwe ndi agha;//

REF: kelee Ya, jee jaa Ya mma! To-be Olisa nk’igwe, kele Chineke nk’igwe ndi agha.

Leken’iheoma nile di n’uwa, ha busi oru aka Gi!///

Oruolu Gi; Okwesiri Gi! Oziere Gi! Ekele diri Gi. Otito diri Gi.

Ebube zuru Gi ahu, eh! Olisa I melaa! Ihe di ebube k’I neme! I h’Imere juru m afo.

I h’Imere juru m anya! Aka m di n’elu ekele— diri Gi, otito diri Gi, Olisa mo, onye di ka Gi?

Akam di n’elu ekele– diri Gi otito—diri Gi, O Chineke, Onye mma!

SOPRANO:

REF: K’anyi kelee, kelee–Olisa, k’anyi jee jaa Ya mma.

K’anyi kelee kelee Olisa nk’igwe! Chineke mo! Ogbaka eje ogu! Obu Ya n’elekota mo!

Obu Ya n’echekwaba mo! Olisa e gboo!

Olisa emeka! Olisebuluwa mma-mma, biko nar’ekele. Olisa doo———————;

Aka m di n’elu Oruolu Gi. Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi. Otito diri Gi! Oziere Gi- Igwe n’eche ndu mo!

Aka m di n’elu, Oruolu Gi. Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi. Otito diri Gi! Oziere Gi-Chi n’eme mma!

ALTO:

REF: K’anyi kelee kelee –Olisa jee jee jaa Ya mma.

Tobe Olisa nk’igwe. Obu Ya ka m ji aba! Obu Ya n’elekota mo! Obu Ya n’echekwaba mo!

Olisa egboo!– Olisa emeka! Olisebuluwa doo, —-nar’ekele.

Olisa I melaa! Ih’ebube k’In’eme! Ma iru ma azu m, ihe di ebube! O juru m anya!

Aka m di n’elu! Oruolu Gi. Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi! Otito diri Gi! Oziere Gi- Igwe n’eche ndu mo!

Aka m di n’elu! Oruolu Gi. Ekele diri Gi! Okwesiri Gi. Otito diri Gi! O ziere Gi-Chi n’eme mma!

VERSES: 1.

SOP & ALTO: Udara dara n’ala emetugo aja; Azu bi na mmiri adighi ago agugo mmiri.

Anyi bi n’uwa, njo zur’anyi ahu! Onye njo ka m bu, man’Olisa elegh’anya na njo mo.

Onwur’onwu n’obe, Onwu Ya k’Ojiri zoo mo (B-T). Ke lee lee lee nuo!

REFRAIN/// TENOR:

Olisa kwe, ihe nile ga-adi mma! REF BASS: Olisa bi n’igwe, I karisiri! Narekel’anyio, Nna!

REFRAIN///

2. SOP & ALTO: Chukwu kere nwa agu agaghi ekwe ka nwa agu taa ahihia.

Chi ma mkpa moo, I n’egboro m mkpa mo. Onyinye Inyere mo—bar’uba. (Nna),

ya ka m ji eme onu, ya ka m ji eme ngala. Agu n’eche mba moo– Olisa Imeka (B-T) Ke lee lee nuo!

REFRAIN/// TENOR:

Olisa kwe, ihe nile ga-adi mma!

REF BASS:

Olisa bi n’igwe, I karisiri! Narekel’anyio, Nna!

REFRAIN///

3. SOP & ALTO: Nwa n’eso okenye, otaghi ose otaa oji, makana aka n’aga n’akuku oku,

n’agakwa n’akuku onu. Onye n’eso Gi (n’azu) Chineke,

Onwer’ihe nile. Olisebuluwa n’azu mo, O dighi ihe koro mo.

Ochendo mo! Agu bata mgbada awar’oso!(B-T).

Ke lee lee lee nuo!

REFRAIN/// TENOR:

Olisa kwe, ihe nile ga-adi mma!

REF BASS: Olisa bi n’igwe, I karisiri! Narekel’anyio, Nna!

REFRAIN///

Olisa by Jude Nnam

Olisa

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