Early in the 19th-century organizations toured various parts of the nation collecting spirituals and folkways. One of these groups ended up in the coastal areas of South Carolina and came across a Negro Spiritual called Come By Yah sang by the Black people there, in their Creole language, Gullah. Later white folks claimed the song, one even copyrighted, it as if he created it, and corrupted the name into Kumbaya.
Kumbaya is generally associated with trite Utopian ideas of cross cultural love or some such. That isn’t the objective of this site in any sense. We hope to promote traditional African American cultural ways and mores and comment on things from a Traditionalist Black American perspective.