Nyimbo Cia Kiroho: A Collection of Kikuyu Spiritual Songs
Nyimbo Cia Kiroho is a book of Kikuyu spiritual songs compiled by the Pentacostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church. The book contains over 200 songs in the Kikuyu language, which is spoken by the largest ethnic group in Kenya. The songs are meant to praise and worship God, as well as to edify and encourage the believers.
The book is available in PDF format for download from various online sources, such as Google Play and Sway. The PDF file can be read on any device that supports PDF viewing, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. The book can also be printed for personal or church use.
The Kikuyu spiritual songs are rich in biblical and cultural references, as well as musical and poetic expressions. They reflect the faith and heritage of the Kikuyu people, who have a strong Christian tradition dating back to the early 20th century. The songs also capture the diversity and unity of the Kikuyu dialects, such as Ndia, Gichugu, Murang'a, Nyeri, and Kiambu.
Nyimbo Cia Kiroho is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the Kikuyu language and culture, as well as to enjoy the beauty and power of Kikuyu spiritual songs. The book is suitable for personal devotion, family worship, church service, or any other occasion that calls for singing praises to God.
The Kikuyu spiritual songs have a long history that dates back to the pre-colonial era, when the Kikuyu practiced their traditional religion and rituals. The songs were used to communicate with God, Ngai or Murungu, who was believed to reside in the sky and on four sacred mountains in Kikuyu territory: Mt. Kenya, Mt. Aberdare, Mt. Kilimambogo, and Ngong Hills. The songs were also used to invoke the blessings and protection of the ancestors, who were regarded as intermediaries between God and the living.
The Kikuyu spiritual songs were composed and performed in various occasions and contexts, such as ceremonies of birth, initiation, marriage, death, harvest, war, and peace. The songs were also sung during prayers, sacrifices, offerings, and rituals that marked the different stages of life and the seasons of the year. The songs expressed the Kikuyu worldview, values, beliefs, emotions, aspirations, and challenges. The songs also celebrated the Kikuyu culture, identity, history, and heritage.
The Kikuyu spiritual songs were influenced by various musical genres and instruments from other communities and regions. For instance, the Kikuyu adopted the fiddle (wandindi) from the Maasai and the guitar (gitaa) from the Swahili. The Kikuyu also incorporated elements of Christian hymns and gospel music into their spiritual songs after the arrival of missionaries and colonialists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Kikuyu spiritual songs have evolved over time to reflect the changing social, political, and economic realities of the Kikuyu people. aa16f39245