Saturday, 16 July 2016

Singing to my favorite Kamba Hymn, Usini wa Yolotani from Taiia Ngai Phone App

Thanks to the advent of technology and the recent advancement of mobile phone technologies we can now ferry our books around with ease. This is made possible due to the fact that books can now be converted to softcopy (electronic format) and archived on computer systems and mobile phones.
Doesn’t it feel good now that you can access a book you love so dearly from your mobile device? Previously this was not possible but these days you can even download your favorite newspaper to your phone and read it e.g. when commuting to work or school. I am no exception either and I believe that we are living in the best times ever when technology trends are changing the way we live and interact for the better. I did not want the fans of Kamba Hymns to be left behind and this motivated me to develop Taiia Ngai Android Phone app which is a kamba hymn book with all the 470 Mbathi sya kumutaiia Ngai songs.

I will describe how I would go about singing to one of my best kamba hymns’ song from the precious Mbathi sya kumwinia Ngai Book using my Android Phone. In my case, I have the Taiia Ngai Android Phone app installed on my phone. The song is Usini wa Yolotani. I hope you too love and feel blessed by this beautiful hymn like I do. This is how I would go about accessing it from my phone.

Step 1
Locate Taiia Ngai icon from your phone.

Step 2
Touch the Taiia Ngai icon lightly as you normally do when opening other apps installed on your phone. The app should open and display list of kamba hymn titles as shown below.

Step 3.
If you were using a physical hymn book, you would have flipped the pages all the way to No. 416 but in Taiia Ngai phone app I have made it easy for you to search for any song by either the words you can remember or type the NO. of the song if you can remember it. In most cases we can remember the words to a song but we cannot remember the song NO from the hymn book. Here is where the Taiia Ngai Android Phone app outmarches the physical hymn book.

We now begin to type ‘usini ‘ then observe the app filter by the songs which have ‘usini’  text and display them in the list (app lists songs 110, 212, 303 and 416)  . The song we want is the one listed as NO.416. You can then touch to open it now. When you type ‘usini wa yolotani’  in full, the list will now display only song NO.416 which is ‘Usini wa Yolotani’.

See the 2 screenshots below to understand step 3.



Step 4.
When you successfully search for the song you want to sing to with ‘the text you can remember’ you then open the song and sing your heart out. The screenshot below now displays the song NO.416Usini wa Yolotani’. Scroll up and down to move to the top and bottom stanzas.

Here are the kamba hymns lyrics to my song, Usini wa Yolotani.


(On Jordan's Stormy banks)
S.S.S. 973. V.T 109, L.H. 689 F.S.H 287,
Key C 4/4(d,)

Usini wa Yolotani
Wina itulumo
Niungye vo nisyaiisye;
Nthi isu nzeo ya Kanaani.

Tukathumua nthi ya utanu
Muinganisyo nthi nzeo muno,
Tukaina wathi wa Mose na wa Mwiaii
Twikalei nthini wa Yesu.

Muthenya mutisu wi mbee,
Uvitite syonthe kuu,
Vala Ngai mwana wikalaa;
Na utheu vate utuku.

Ngavika vandu vau indii,
Nituae ni muathime;
Ni indii ngona uthyu wa Asa;
Nithumue kithuini kyake.

Ngoo yi w’ia wa nthi ino,
Ndikethiwa vo ingi;
O na itulumo syooka,
Ndikakia ngasyathukia.


What else would you like us to write home about Mbathi sya kumutaiia Ngai phone app?

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