Inspiration from Salif Keita

Happiness isn’t for tomorrow

It’s not hypothetical

It starts here and now

Down with violence, egoism

And despair, stop pessimism

Let’s pick ourselves up

Nature has given us

Extraordinary things

It’s not over yet, nothing’s decided

Let’s take advantage of the wonders

Of this continent at last

Intelligently in our own way

At our own rhythm

Like responsible men and women proud

Of their inheritance

Let’s build the country of our children

And stop taking pity on ourselves

Africa is also the joy of livings

Optimism, beauty, elegance

Grace, poetry, softness, the sun

And nature

Let’s be happy to be its sons and daughters

And fight to build our happiness

From Salif Keita, a wonderful and inspirational singer from Mali.  Please check out his music on you tube here

Advertisements

One thought on “Inspiration from Salif Keita

  1. Thanks so much for this – as we know from the recent Nobel prize for literature, musicians who sing about social justice using the most beautiful lyrics and tunes are also great literary creators and need to be heard by everyone! I’ve never seen translations of Salif Keita’s lyrics before though I’ve loved him for the music…

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s