He who sings scares away his woes - Cervantes
Sondomeh tantango, kungo leh kaa dong (it is the head that dances to the drumbeat of the mind) – Mandinka proverb
I have for long wanted to write an essay about the inspiration that the lyrics of Yousou Ndour provide. Such an essay was not only for the succulent mbalah but more so for the wisdom of our ancestors that he so craftily brews into the notes of his sabarr and string instruments. When these vibes hit my mind, it does something to the ruler of my kingdom, my head. For indeed the above mandinka proverb is right. And what goes on in the head translates into your reality. I had had many outlines for such an essay but the details have for long eluded me until today.