“Kumbaya” evolved from the African American spiritual “Come by Here.” A transcription by John Bocher, Jr., published in 1955, became the standard version. Howecer, it was widely believed to have been brought from Africa by a missionary. This article traces the origins of the most common origin legends, then looks at those that influenced behavior. It concludes with comments on the persisting belief in an African genesis.
Folk Music Revival
A tribute to renown folk singer, Pete Seeger, and the author’s interactions with him over several years.
Obituary: Royston Wood (1935-1990)
This is the obituary for Royston Wood, a member of the Young Tradition, A British folk rock group