US church’s choir renders Yoruba Christmas carol Betehelemu

US church’s choir renders Yoruba Christmas carol Betehelemu

- A heartwarming video clip of Mormon Tabernacle Choir rendering Yoruba Christmas carol Betehelemu has gone viral

- The Christmas carol Betehelemu was composed by Nigerian Olatunji Babatunde in the 1950s

- Olatunji composed the track while schooling at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A Twitter user identified as Deji Toye has shared a heartwarming clip of a US choir, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rendering a version of Yoruba Christmas carol Betehelemu. The large choir can be seen singing their heart out as they presented the Christmas carol.

The famous Christmas carol Betehelemu was composed by Olatunji Babatunde, who received a Rotary scholarship in 1950 and was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he desired to, but never sang in the Morehouse College Glee Club.

However, he was a good friend of Glee Club director Dr Wendell P. Whalum and collaborated with him on a staple of the choir's repertoire, "Betelehemu", a Nigerian (Yoruba) Christmas carol.

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After graduating from Morehouse, he went on to New York University to study public administration. There, he started a small percussion group to earn money on the side while he continued his studies.

It is reported that Olatunji was one of the top artists of his time and predicted a descendant of his would go on to fulfil his legacy and bring the world of music into the new age.

Meanwhile, a lot of fans of gospel music are excited about the new rendition of Beyonce and Wizkid’s Brown Skin Girl by Kanye West's choir.

Brown Skin Girl is one of the hit songs on Beyonce's latest album and with its feature of Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, it instantly grew on a lot of people around the world.

In a clip which made rounds on the internet, the talented choir can be seen making the song into their own and switching the lyrics into a gospel tune.

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Not only did it sound beautiful, but they also succeeded in showing off their vocal prowess and that's another thing to love about the remix.

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