Monday, November 10, 2008
Who is going to dry my tears when i listen to « Malaika »?
Who is going to please my heart when i hear « Pata Pata »?
Mama Afrika you were a star, a mother, an activist,
and overall a freedom fighter.
I remember the first time we met,years ago ,
we went to keur Samba with a common friend and Nina Simone..
.I was so impressed that i could hardly talk,
Just emotions moving me upside down…
OOOh Mama the loss is great to Afrika. ©
.Remember Manhattan Brothers and your tour to America
When most of the continent was still colonized
When they took away ur citizenship
Because you were claiming for a fair South Africa,
You found refuge in America Mama Afrika
Endorsing the cause of the your beloved Stokely Carmichael
Once again you realized
America was not the freedom Nation it was claiming to be.
Once again on the road back to your roots
Mama Afrika you became a Guinean,
A sister Nation but not your homeland.
.Mama you gave us a Grammy
In the late fifties putting African Music
On the map of the world music.
Thanks Mama Afrika
.It has never been easy to be a woman of beliefs,
Torn between the love of your land
And the hatred for what they had called « Apartheid »..
Mama Afrika you have wandered from one nation to another
Denied the right to go back home,
As a mother you have suffered the loss of your daughter
…But in spite of all the mourning and suffering
You went through your life,
You always had your head up,
Your voice ready to sing a song of freedom.
I know your greatest Joy was the day apartheid was banned
….FREE at LAST.
Rest in Peace MAMA AFRIKA…
You are unforgettable.
©Nabou Fall 2008