newsletter of the
Vol. 6 No. 3
Thoughts on this
Oh my friends, the Somali language is very perplexed
- anxious, like many African languages;
- A paraphrase of Mohamed Ismail Garce, Somalian poet
"The wealth of a common global culture
is [will then be] expressed in the particularities of our different languages and cultures
- Ngugi wa Thiongo,
Eni and The Magic Sea Creature
Enis father searched the land to find a thief, a hunter, and a sailor.
Guided by the sailor, the party journeyed to the sea creatures home...
The Magic Sea Creature was sleeping,- Eni was also sleeping,- when they arrived. "Keep still," the medicine man whispered... He blew a bubble of colored water, to deepen their sleep. He motioned to the thief, and the thief neatly removed all the charms and amulets from the waist of the sea creature. On cue, Enis father carried his daughter on his shoulder. Quickly, they took her to their boat and sailed home...
Not long after the sea creature woke from the deep sleep. When he realized what had been done to him, he reached for all his magic, but they had been stolen! So he swam as fast as he could. But just as he raised his head to grab and sink the boat, the hunter shot him.
Enis body became human again, and father and daughter cried- tears of joy.
The party arrived home safely, and the whole village merried for seven days.
Eni, who in the past wouldnt mingle with eligible men danced with every-one. She had learned a great lesson: pride, indeed, goes before a fall...
- Adapted from a Camerounian legend. VOAM, 1999. All rights reserved.
In This Issue
Cover Photo: Nini Mebrahtu, a local Eritrean immigrant, and volunteer for the St. Louis African Chorus
Live! at the Sheldon
In commemoration of 1999 United Nations Day (October 24), the Voice of African Music recommends the following books for supplemental reading:
ii. COAL TO CREAM by Eugene Robinson
the Voice of African Music Editor: Fred
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