“Iseluleko Sami (My First Counsel)” by Young Mbazo & Friends

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Durban, South Africa with Young Mbazo & Friends singing “Iseluleko Sami” in Zulu, which means “My First Counsel”, and is based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah.

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here:


This song was filmed and recorded in Durban, South Africa, November, 2018.

Here is the quotation used for the lyrics in Zulu and in English, followed by the chords below:

Quote in Zulu:

“O, NDODANA YOMOYA! Iseluleko Sami sokuqala yilesi: Yiba nenhliziyo emsulwa, nenomusa nenokumomotheka ukuze obakho ubukhosi buhlale bungobasendulo, bungabhubhi ungunaphakade.”

Quote in English:

“O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”


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About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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