A Modern Griot: Youssou N’dour

Youssou N'dour

A few wise words from Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour, an excerpt from the opening song on the documentary “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” released in 2008.

My name is Youssou Ndour
Calling all Africans
Asking you to share ideas and come to a meeting of minds
Without borders, let’s pool our resources and work together
Let’s come together and let nothing pull us apart
You heads of state
You may lead a country, but you don’t own it
True leaders love their countries
Although we can ask for your help
let’s depend on ourselves first
We are Africa
When the sun comes up
Be on your feet
Ready with the tools of your trade
The day passes quickly
Let’s confront our problems one at a time
United we are stronger
A long road lies ahead
We have much to do
So let’s get ready
When I think of how our grandparents suffered, I cry
But our past must not stop us from moving forward
I dream to see Africa unified by a common vision
Let’s marshal our ideas, our energies
Open the borders and come together
Change your thinking
Work together
Keep on working
Cheikh Anta Diop
Kwame Nkrumah
Stephen Biko
All you people

Youssou N’dour by Another Africa

[Image courtesy of  Scott Duncan/Shadow Distribution]

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