Mali, mon ami

Being a francophone, African, and just plain curious, I wanted to write about the coup d’etat (one of those favorite political activities African military likes to play where they take down their captain to replace by a more promising captain) in Mali, but I didn’t like it so here’s some things to celebrate about Mali. I’m sure there’s more, but since everyone is talking democracy, separation of regions and complex, complicated words that give me headaches, I rather try a simple (not simplistic) approach to an unfamiliar country.

Motto: Un peuple, un but, une foi (One nation, one goal, one faith)

National hymn is : Pour l’Afrique et pour toi, Mali (For Africa and for you Mali)

This is the old and unauthorized English version of the national hymn:

NATIONAL HYMN BY THE PIONEERS OF MALI BY BEMBA DIARRA

“This is the day of Africa
It’s time for Africa
Oh oh youth
This is bliss,
The night from the sun disappears fresh ray,
Inscribe in the heavens,
Freedom,
Write unity,
This is the day of Africa
Oh oh youth
It’s time for Africa
What a great experience
Konate our father with dignity
We will follow your way
We want your faith
The battle of remembrance
The battle of the future
We will win them
We will win them
This is the day of Africa
Oh oh youth
It’s time for Africa
What a great experience
We made these oaths
We’ll do the Mali
We’ll do Africa
We’ll do Africa
Even if it requires our blood
We will move forward
Even it requires our blood
We will go running
This is the day of Africa
Oh oh youth
It’s time for Africa
What a great experience.”

Do you speak Bambara? How do you say: I love you. I want peace. I want freedom. I have a dream. Let freedom ring ! Apparently one of the most popular languages in Mali isn’t available online.

Have you listen to this calming and soothing and yet fierce Tuareg musicians Tinariwen?

Have you listened to Kandia Kouyate, one of the most powerful, soulful, charismatic, african vocalists?


What comes to mind when I say ‘Mali’, for me I hear ami even though I don’t have any friends from Mali.

Since this is Friday and you probably have nothing else to do other than to sit here, here’s a movie by Souleymane Cisse called “Yeelen” which means Brightness, it’s based on a Bambara legend.

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