I sang Kumbaya around a campfire as a Boy Scout. It was a spiritual song in the 1920s and enjoyed broader appeal during folk revivals in the 1950s and 1960s. Kumbaya means “come by here” in Gullah, the creole language spoken by enslaved West Africans on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. It is a cry to God to come and help those in need. The Seekers, a popular Australian folk/pop group, recorded Kumbaya in 1963 (listen below). Judith Durham’s voice is angelic.