When Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News wanted to find the origins of Kum-ba-ya, he talked with ethnomusicologist Thomas Miller, who said the song originated as a spiritual among the Gullah, an African-American people who live in the Sea Islands and the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. It’s believed that a missionary couple transported the song to Angola, where it was rediscovered and brought back to the US in the ‘50s and ‘60s. — dallasnews.com