a newsletter of the
Vol. 5 No. 4
(Feature Article 1)
1998 African Music Conference RevistedAfrican Music in Social Context
(Feature Article 2) Calendar of SLAC Events
the Voice of African Music
For subscription send a postcard to: the Voice of African
Conversations withMor Thiam
the djembe drum legend shares insights on the popularity of African music in the United States and beyond
of the Sage
Mother is supreme.
We say that a man is the head of the family and that his wife does his
bidding; that a child belongs to his father and his family and not to his mother and her
family; and that a man belongs to his fatherland and not to his motherland. And yet we say
Nneka - Mother is Surpreme
You do not know the answer?
So you see that you are a child. You are a great man in your clan. But you are still a child, my child. Listen to me and I shall tell you... Heres one more question: Why is it that when a woman dies she is taken home to be buried with her own kinsmen? She is not buried with her husbands kinsmen. Why is that?
You do not know that either!
Then listen to me:
Your mother is there to protect you... That is why we say that Mother is supreme!
Nneka is adapted from Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart, published by Heinemann.