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Voices of the Baha’is of Lubumbashi, Congo

November 17, 2015, in Music > Choir, by

From the Congo and the bright heart of Africa we share with you a music video featuring the Bahai’s from Lubumbashi, Congo.

The song is called “L’Opportunite de Servir” which is French for “The Opportunity to Serve”.

Here are the lyrics in French and the English translation below it:

L’OPPORTUNITE DE SERVIR

Ce monde est rempli des calamités, et préjugés, inégalités, médisances et mensonges.

Alors jeunes du monde, profitons pour marquer le temps pour l’avenir de demain;

Il suffit d’un geste, un acte et notre bonne volonté;

Tout peut changer !

Refrain: L’opportunité de servir, saisissons cette chance;

Il ne reste plus qu’à se lever et se mettre au service de la communauté,

Nous avons l’opportunité de servir, saisissons cette chance,

Il ne reste plus qu’à se lever et tout donner. (2X)

Ne perdons pas le temps dans de futilités, discussions inutiles, et autres;

Mais plutôt comment servir la communauté.

Nous, espoirs de demain, saisissons cette chance pour marquer le temps et assurer le lendemain;

Il suffit d’un geste, un acte et notre bonne volonté;

Tout peut changer !

(Répéter le Refrain)

Le Messager du temps nous prêche que l’unité,

Mais j’ai plutôt de la peine quand je vois tout ce peuple divisé!

Alors jeunes du monde levons l’étendard de l’unité;

Jeunes Baha’is, Jeunes Chrètiens, Musulmans et Bouddhistes,

Ils n’attendent que nous, que nous !

(Répéter le Refrain)
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

This world is filled with calamities and prejudices, inequalities, slanders (gossiping) and lies.

So young people of the world, take this opportunity to mark time for the future (of tomorrow); It requires just a gesture, an act and our goodwill;

Everything can change!

Chorus: An opportunity to serve, let’s seize this chance;

We just have to get up and be at the service of the community,

We have the opportunity to serve, let’s seize this chance,

We just have to get up and give everything. (2X)

Let’s not waste time in futilities, useless discussions, and others;

But rather how to serve the community.

We, tomorrow’s hopes, let’s take this opportunity to mark the time and make the next day.

It requires just a gesture, an act and our goodwill;

Everything can change!

(Repeat Chorus)

The Messenger of the time preaches us about unity,

But I rather feel sad when I see all these people divided!

So young people of the world, let’s raise the banner of unity;

Young Baha’is, young Christians, Muslims and Buddhists,

They are awaiting us, only us!

(Repeat Chorus)
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Discussion 17 Comments

thanks for posting this thrilling video… i almost wept with happiness

Janet Ruhe-Schoen

Janet Ruhe-Schoen (November 11, 2015 at 12:29 AM)

I lived in Brazzaville for two years in the 60’s – most wonderful time of my life – knew Mr. Azimikah, pioneer, very well. Met Ola Pavlowska, pioneer sent by Shoghi Effendi, several times in Libreville. She told me many stories about how she survived terrible riots in Congo at that time and how Shoghi Effendi appeared to her in a dream and held her in his arms. Your music, your voices, your youth are the seeds of her pioneer work over so many years. Bless you all. Deepest love, Maureen

Maureen Dilys Page

Maureen Dilys Page (November 11, 2015 at 6:42 AM)

[…] Here are the lyrics in French and the English translation, courtesy of the remarkable Baha’i Blog from Australia: […]

Just simply loved you all. You are the bright stars of that promised day of the faith. Go strong, keep United, you make us all proud. Thank-you!

Helder lamarque

Helder lamarque (December 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM)

Dear Friends,

This video has moved me to tears, where can I get the exact lyrics and sheet music (if possible?)

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!1

Lydia Mills

Lydia Mills (December 12, 2015 at 11:51 PM)

Hi Lydia, the Lyrics are there in both French and English, but can’t help you with the sheet music unfortunately.

Naysan

Naysan (December 12, 2015 at 1:04 AM)

Thank you Naysan,

Do you know how I could connect with the director of this choir? Thanks!

Lydia Mills

Lydia Mills (December 12, 2015 at 1:45 PM)

No problem Lydia! Sorry, don’t know how to contact them, but perhaps an email to their NSA or National Office would help. You can find the list of National websites here: http://www.bahai.org/national-communities/

Naysan

Naysan (December 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM)

Dear Lydia, the choir doesn’t have a director as such. It’s just a group of youth who had decided to get together to praise Baha’u’llah through music and use it as a teaching tool.
I can connect you with them and share more information if needed.
You can send me an email; [email protected] 🙂

Prince

Prince (March 3, 2017 at 12:02 AM)

Thank you so much Naysan for sharing this moving song. Took me back to my younger days singing in the choir in Lubumbashi. So heartwarming to see how far they have come! May Baha’u’llah continue to assist the children and youth there to spread His teachings!

May Newport

May Newport (December 12, 2015 at 11:29 AM)

Great future in an ever advancing civilization awaits all of them

mericanmelic

mericanmelic (December 12, 2015 at 6:32 AM)

Allah’u’Abha, je viens d’arriver à Brazzaville, je voudrais rencontrer les amis Baha’is, je suis de Niamey au Niger, merci de m’aider à continuer ma progression dans la foi baha’is

Mahamadou Bachir

Mahamadou Bachir (January 1, 2016 at 10:01 PM)

Hi Mahamadou, thanks for your message. You can find the email of the Baha’is of Congo here: http://www.bahai.org/national-communities/democratic-republic-congo

I hope this helps! 🙂

Naysan

Naysan (January 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM)

You’re all so beautiful. Beautiful voices. Thank you for making my day❤✌

Tupou Finucane

Tupou Finucane (May 5, 2016 at 9:20 PM)

C’est vraiment excellent cette manière de chanter, courage mes amis

Hector

Hector (October 10, 2018 at 8:58 PM)

My wife and I listens to this pretty often. Bring lightness of being and a smile. How can I get the full lyrics in both French and English?
Much appreciation for all involved with that fabulous video.

Wei

Wei (August 8, 2019 at 12:19 AM)

Thank you for your comment and for noticing the full lyrics were missing. We have edited the text and you should find them there now.

Many thanks!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (August 8, 2019 at 10:44 PM)

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