Kumbaya was the first spiritual I learned as a child. I recall being taught it during a Girl Scout meeting. Then I heard it frequently during folk revivals, civil rights and Vietnam protests of the 1960s. Kumbaya is Gullah for “Come by here.” It’s an old African American spiritual from the 1930s. According to Wiki, “the song was originally associated with human and spiritual unity, closeness and compassion, and it still is in many places around the world.”
There are many versions but I’ve picked my favorite folks singer, Joan Baez because all this song needs is a simple guitar and lovely voices.