Vol. 9 No. 1
Winter/Spring  2002

the VOICE OF
AFRICAN MUSIC
a newsletter of the St. Louis African Chorus

 Songs
of the Sage

HANNOUNI

My darling,
My precious -
‘My little liver’

We were walking I think in a   deserted street. We had run into each other one summer
afternoon, and we had laughed like two strangers...

This one word - could have filled my nights
when I was in love;

A lotus-blossom opening in the bright sunlight when languid conversation 
drifts to a halt;

A diminutive, making a gap through which dammed-up speech can flow again...

Hannouni,
I could have said that a
      succession of a thousand nights borne up on the crest of pleasure breasting nocturnal waters,
a thousand times each time- 

Sometimes my lips form it silently, awakening it;
Sometimes it is exhumed by a
caress along one of my limbs and the sculpted syllables rise to the surface,

I am about to spell it out, just once, whisper it
to be free of it, but I refrain...

Adapted from Fantasia by      Algerian writer, Assia Djebar.

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In This Issue

AFRICAN CHORUS
EXPANDS TO NEW YORK!

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SOUNDING
BOARD

Commentaries 
by friends of the International
Consortium for the Music of Africa & its Diaspora

Calendar of SLAC Events

MISSA LUBA: 
A Review 

Live! at the Sheldon
First CD of the St. Louis African Chorus

A E Na O
New CD of the St. Louis African Chorus

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