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post Song for Bassekou Kouyate

July 10th, 2011

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 12:58

Song for Bassekou Kouyate
to the Kouyate lineage, one of the great musical families of West Africa, past and present.

For centuries your family has praised the Emperors and warriors, the blacksmiths and the hunters. Bassekou Kouyate. You, who gave us a beautiful gift called Segou Blue. Let me take a little time, to sing my praises to you.

Bassekou Kouyate,
Ngoni Man.
Your music reverberates
Beyond the Western Sudan.

Bassekou Kouyate,
Ngoni Man.
I’ve come to realise
That your hands are a part
Of God’s Master Plan.

Ngoni, ancient instrument of the Mande. Older than balafon and kora. Bassekou Kouyate. You, who gives us a beautiful group called Ngoni Ba. Let me take a little time, to sing of your forefathers.

Bassekou Kouyate,
Ngoni Man.
Music mused by the Niger
Creations of the clan.

Bassekou Kouyate,
Ngoni Man.
Segou to San Fransisco.
In honouring musicianship
I celebrate a Malian.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2010.

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