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"Tomorrow" by Salif Keita

This song is about the inevitability of death. Here “tomorrow” means after this life . “Sadio” is the name of somebody who died. Nobody died and came back. Death is inevitable. Sadio, see you tomorrow (after this life). You are everyone’s darling. Ousmane is at a loss since you left for your final journey. All the people of Mali are lost without you. Death is final. Fatoumata and Ba-Oumou are saying how much you mean to them. Sitting or standing, everyone is lamenting your absence. You did such a great work Sadio. Everybody remembers you still. You still live in the hearts of people. Tomorrow, Sadio, see you tomorrow. [x]

Original lyrics—————————————————————————————
tomorrow, only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow x 2

sadio jon te i fe, Ousmane ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, koniete ka le te sigi

sadio jon te i fe, malienw ko,
u bi fe ko, u bi fe, ko ni e te ko ulu te sigi,
mogo ma taa folo kanaa, saya ma son nene ma,
an sayakera nene balidi

tomorrow, only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow x 2

sadio jon te i fe, Fatoumata ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, kono ete ka le te sigi

sadio jon te i fe, Ba-Oumou ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, ko ni ete ka le te sigi

mogomataa folo kanaa, say mason nenema,
an mogo mataa folo kanaa, saya mason nenema,
an saya kera nenebali

tomorrow see you tomorrow, sadio see you tomorrow
tomorrow only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow

English Translation——————————————————————————

I will not feel this way anymore.
I will not remember this feeling.
I will remember the emotion.
I will remember the moment.
It will be a memory.
A recollection, a description.
It will be tainted and impure.
Coloured by mission, by vision, by recollection.

Today…
I cannot capture it. Not even just yet.
I have been blemished. In thought, emotion, mission.
My stomache knots and sinks.
Somersaults in rebellion.
The body will fight the mind.
The heart estranged, must mediate…
Teased and Torn
Unable to do justice.
Eyes mist over. Tears well in the lower lid and spill over.
Brook to stream to river. Outpour, overflow.
Taste them.
Savour the release of Nothing and Something.

dynamicafrica:

Happy Independence Day to all of our readers from Mali!

Belated belated I know

apif:

African Prints in Interior Design. Which item do u want in your apartment?
Check-out the designs here!

'African prints'?? Anyway, I personally find this chair fucking disgusting and disgraceful.
This print is copied from a Malian fabric called Bògòlanfini or ‘mud cloth’. It has a cultural significance of importance in traditional Malian culture and identity.

'In traditional Malian culture, bògòlanfini is worn by hunters, serving as camouflage, as ritual protection and as a badge of status. Women are wrapped in bògòlanfini after their initiation into adulthood (which includes genital cutting) and immediately after childbirth, as the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released under such circumstances.
Bògòlanfini patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events (such as a famous battle between a Malian warrior and the French), crocodiles (significant in Bambara mythology) or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs.Since about 1980, Bògòlanfini has become a symbol of Malian cultural identity and is being promoted as such by the Malian government.’ [x]

Bògòlanfini from Mali, Kente cloth from Ghana and Ankara from all over west Africa are symbols of the cultural appropriation and destruction of African cultureS. They have sadly become incredibly popular as the ‘you want a little peice of AAAFFFRRIIKKUUUH’ get go. From shoes, to curtains, to furniture,  Bògòlanfini has been bastardized to death and the people who created it, who gave it its meaning have received absolutely NO recognition whatsoever.
One of the saddest thing about this is the fact that a white American male , built ALL his fucking career by ripping off this fabric.

Yep, Keith Haring, held as art hero by some, praised for his ‘vision, creative spirit, talent, innovation’. Child, let me laugh! I wish I could laugh though but this thing is beyond fucking depressing and unfair! And you better be sure that you will find thousands upon thousands of people who know about THIS SINGLE WHITE AMERICAN MAN’S work and life than one person able to put Mali on a map. His pieces are worth MILLIONS and he gets all the fucking awards while the originators of the culture, not only stay in oblivion, but also forced to take part in the bastardisation of their culture by selling cheap copies to tourists in order NOT TO FUCKING DIE, and on top of that made to feel ashamed of their cultural identity and see it as inferior!!!

From Ciaafrique: 

Living in Mali I never paid much attention to the mud cloth Because for me  there was nothing nice about it. All I cared about was western clothes. My mind changed quite a bit since I started this blog because now I know that its because of the way we thought that we are still behind in fashion . I am ashamed to say that it took a western designer to use my own cloth for me to appreciate how beautiful it is.The mud cloth is a fabric that is part of my culture, and its not made in the west like Ankara(wax) is . Here is a collage from some of our fav celebs and runway models rocking the trend.

I think it is unfortunate that most discussions about cultural appropriation fail to place it in the context and process of alienation.
In order to be easily exploitable, malleable and controllable we must internalize our own inferiority and racism. And this results in us being ashamed of ourselves and rejecting who we are, i.e. our culture, identity and essence. Colons knew this which is why the understood the power of institutions such as the church and western education to break the spirit of the colonised. And once this is done, colons can totally exploit our culture for their sole consumption, taking what is sacred from us and making it meaningless, cheap and devoid of any value. Basically, they take away from us the ability to give value to anything even to ourselves. 
I can somehow compare this to how as black women we are socialised to internalise that we are ugly, repulsive, worthless, our feminity is constantly under attack, all of this to make us more vulnerable to the hypersexualisation, fetishisation and sexual exploitation we have been particularly victims of throughout history and we still are to this day within white supremacy.
The ultimate aim of alienation is to make of us, our bodies and our identities, disposable objects of consumption for our oppressors. This is what cultural appropriation plays into and achieves. 

apif:

African Prints in Interior Design. Which item do u want in your apartment?

Check-out the designs here!

'African prints'?? Anyway, I personally find this chair fucking disgusting and disgraceful.

This print is copied from a Malian fabric called Bògòlanfini or ‘mud cloth’. It has a cultural significance of importance in traditional Malian culture and identity.

'In traditional Malian culture, bògòlanfini is worn by hunters, serving as camouflage, as ritual protection and as a badge of status. Women are wrapped in bògòlanfini after their initiation into adulthood (which includes genital cutting) and immediately after childbirth, as the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released under such circumstances.

Bògòlanfini patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events (such as a famous battle between a Malian warrior and the French), crocodiles (significant in Bambara mythology) or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs.Since about 1980, Bògòlanfini has become a symbol of Malian cultural identity and is being promoted as such by the Malian government.’ [x]

Bògòlanfini from Mali, Kente cloth from Ghana and Ankara from all over west Africa are symbols of the cultural appropriation and destruction of African cultureS. They have sadly become incredibly popular as the ‘you want a little peice of AAAFFFRRIIKKUUUH’ get go. From shoes, to curtains, to furniture,  Bògòlanfini has been bastardized to death and the people who created it, who gave it its meaning have received absolutely NO recognition whatsoever.

One of the saddest thing about this is the fact that a white American male , built ALL his fucking career by ripping off this fabric.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m66jhrwftt1rz1s87o1_400.jpg

Yep, Keith Haring, held as art hero by some, praised for his ‘vision, creative spirit, talent, innovation’. Child, let me laugh! I wish I could laugh though but this thing is beyond fucking depressing and unfair! And you better be sure that you will find thousands upon thousands of people who know about THIS SINGLE WHITE AMERICAN MAN’S work and life than one person able to put Mali on a map. His pieces are worth MILLIONS and he gets all the fucking awards while the originators of the culture, not only stay in oblivion, but also forced to take part in the bastardisation of their culture by selling cheap copies to tourists in order NOT TO FUCKING DIE, and on top of that made to feel ashamed of their cultural identity and see it as inferior!!!


From Ciaafrique

Living in Mali I never paid much attention to the mud cloth Because for me  there was nothing nice about it. All I cared about was western clothes. My mind changed quite a bit since I started this blog because now I know that its because of the way we thought that we are still behind in fashion . I am ashamed to say that it took a western designer to use my own cloth for me to appreciate how beautiful it is.The mud cloth is a fabric that is part of my culture, and its not made in the west like Ankara(wax) is . Here is a collage from some of our fav celebs and runway models rocking the trend.

I think it is unfortunate that most discussions about cultural appropriation fail to place it in the context and process of alienation.

In order to be easily exploitable, malleable and controllable we must internalize our own inferiority and racism. And this results in us being ashamed of ourselves and rejecting who we are, i.e. our culture, identity and essence. Colons knew this which is why the understood the power of institutions such as the church and western education to break the spirit of the colonised. And once this is done, colons can totally exploit our culture for their sole consumption, taking what is sacred from us and making it meaningless, cheap and devoid of any value. Basically, they take away from us the ability to give value to anything even to ourselves. 

I can somehow compare this to how as black women we are socialised to internalise that we are ugly, repulsive, worthless, our feminity is constantly under attack, all of this to make us more vulnerable to the hypersexualisation, fetishisation and sexual exploitation we have been particularly victims of throughout history and we still are to this day within white supremacy.

The ultimate aim of alienation is to make of us, our bodies and our identities, disposable objects of consumption for our oppressors. This is what cultural appropriation plays into and achieves. 

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pentastarinthestyleofdemons:

Tombouctou, Mali
Djinguereber Mosque, (by **El-Len**)

pentastarinthestyleofdemons:

Tombouctou, Mali

Djinguereber Mosque, (by **El-Len**)

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mfkalfat:

(Sad) Beauty of the Day: Defiant Mali Islamists pursue wrecking of Timbuktu
Timbuktu Educational Foundation

Portrait of Tuareg Men and Women in Mali

Photography by Mark Brunner

(via kilele)

Amazigh, please! They never called themsleves “Tuareg” and many considered it to be a slur!

Anyway I have always find their attires so majestic! 

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culturalmarxist:

dreams-from-my-father:

The only source I’m seeing about the mosque is the guardian. I’m suspicious. However there are videos of the destruction of tombs.

I know that the MNLA  had an alliance with some Islamist group but if they are indeed destroying mosquees, it actually proves that they may not be part of Al Qaeda like the western media has been claiming.

I don’t trust them, none of the things they have ever reported about Awazad adds up or makes sense :/

IMO they are just eyeing Niger for th eUranium and the South of Algeria and Lybia for the oil :/

I know that this map is tiny as hell but if you look at it, you can understand why westerners have all interest in claiming that the independentists in Awazad are terrorists

Those westerners think they are slick SMH!!

I’ve heard—but I’ll try to find where it was exactly and double-check my sources—the places being destroyed had icons of Muhammed up and that is why they were being targeted. As far as I know the MNLA’s alliance with the Islamist group was very tenuous, based basically on the need for numbers; the Islamists stayed in the cities while the MNLA were trying to secure Awazad’s borders…but that was a couple months ago. As you said it’s hard to find good information, or really even know what the good information is. Of course the two groups are totally different, I mean someone correct me if I’m wrong but Tuareg’s have never had a strong fundamentalist Islamic movement and are practically considered heretics by orthodox Muslims.

Absolutely right about the motives for discrediting them :/ Still trying to keep them under the thumb of debt til the land’s bled dry.

"Tuareg’s have never had a strong fundamentalist Islamic movement and are practically considered heretics by orthodox Muslims." EXACTELY!!!

This is what ALL the Amazighen I have talked to have told me!! Which is why those claims that the movement may be linked to Al Qaeda seem impossible to them!

BTW ‘Tuareg’ was a name given by colons, they never refer to themselves as such. Some of them told me that they would rather be referred to as Amazigh, how they call themselves. 

But you may be right about this though “the places being destroyed had icons of Muhammad up and that is why they were being targeted." that would totally make sense.

Yet, I still have the unsettling feeling deep down that it has A LOT to do with the strategic geographic position of Awazad!

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Ansar Dine destroying mausoleums in Timbuktu?

sensationnalisme:

REUTERS - Armed fighters of Mail’s al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine Islamist group on Saturday destroyed mausoleums in the ancient trading city of Timbuktu, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, witnesses said.

The attack came just four days after UNESCO agreed to a request by the West African state to place Timbuktu on its list of heritage sites in danger following the seizure of its northern two-thirds in April by separatist and Islamist rebels.

“They have already completely destroyed the mausoleum of Sidi Mahmoud (Ben Amar) and two others. They said they would continue all day and destroy all 16,” local Malian journalist Yeya Tandina said by telephone of the 16 most prized resting grounds of local saints in the town.

“They are armed and have surrounded the sites with pick-up trucks. The population is just looking on helplessly,” he said, adding that the Islamists were currently taking pick-axes to the mausoleum of Sidi El Mokhtar, another cherished local saint.

“It looks as if it is a direct reaction to the UNESCO decision,” Timbuktu deputy Sandy Haidara said by telephone, confirming the attacks.

Since government forces were routed in April, Ansar Dine and other Islamist groups with links to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have gained the upper hand over less well-armed Tuaregs whose goal is a secular, independent northern state.

Ansar Dine is pushing for strict sharia, Islamic law, across the whole of the country and deems un-Islamic the shrines of Timbuktu, an expression of the local Sufi brand of the religion.

This is why it was a crazy move from the start for some leaders of the MNLA to even suggest an alliance with these extremists.

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Does it make sense when Islamists destroy Mosques?

sensationnalisme:

cosmicyoruba:

sensationnalisme:

I don’t even want to understand anymore.

No it doesn’t.

Also

#its either propaganda for foreign forces to intervene or its the worst kind of evil WTF?

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this. I don’t even know what to believe when it comes to Mali and Azawad any more.

We’re on the same page, I don’t know how these extremist groups work but I’m not sure if I buy the recent ‘they want to destroy MOSQUES!’ it seems incoherent and honestly, crazy. I’m suspicious of any reports by international medias when it comes to Azawad because they have an agenda. It seems bizarre to me that people who claim Islam will destroy Mosques, of all things.

We can’t talk about Awazad and forget how close it is to Niger which has one of the biggest reserves of Uranium in the world. Uranium is indispensable in making of nuclear weapons. 

All the west is looking for now is any good reason to invade the Sahel like they did Middle East but for that, they must prepare the sheepish western populations glued in front of their TV.

I can’t trust western media anymore. They LIED so fucking much about what was going on in Libya, look at Libya today!! They were telling us that the whole country was against Gadaffi and they didn’t even reported when the UN erased a town populated by about 30,000 black Libyans out of the map!! They didn’t report about the atrocities those against the power were committing against black and indigenous Libyans!! Because of the oil in Libya. Now that Islamists are about to take control over there, their reports are not as positive as they used to be.

Fuck the western media and their lies!

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learningaboutislam:

The Great Mosque of Djenné is 700 years old ,located in Mali & is the largest mud brick building in the world.

Once a year the local community gather together taking an active role in the mosque’s maintenance via a unique annual festival.
This includes music and food, but has the primary objective of repairing the damage inflicted on the mosque in the past year (mostly erosion caused by the annual rains and cracks caused by changes in temperature and humidity).

In the days leading up to the festival, the plaster is prepared in pits. It requires several days to cure but needs to be periodically stirred, a task usually falling to young boys who play in the mixture, thus stirring up the contents.

Men climb onto the mosque’s built-in scaffolding and ladders made of palm wood and smear the plaster over the face of the mosque.

(via thefemaletyrant)

travelingcolors:

Village on the Bank of the Niger River | Mali (via deskribe)
it looks like a scale model, awesome!

travelingcolors:

Village on the Bank of the Niger River | Mali (via deskribe)

it looks like a scale model, awesome!

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sensationnalisme:

Tuareg-Songhai Diva Khaira Arby

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Fifty years of forced cohabitation with Mali are too much. This cohabitation imposed by colonial France has produced a number of damaging effects in the country…most of all the destruction of values and the Tuareg identity.

MNLA (via sensationnalisme)

This is just so fucking relevant to the reality of most African countries!!

I could take this quote and replaced “Tuareg” by the name of my ethnic group and “Mali” by my country!

Borders were drawn by racist imperialist shitbags to further subjugate us - “Divide and conquer”. This is why I am of those who think that as long we keep these borders, we would never be truly independent. I fucking loathe tribalism and I don’t understand why I should be forced to share the same nationality as a group of people who basically sucked colons’ dick’s and helped in the genocide of my people. I feel like we will never truly get along and without a sense of national unity we can’t go very far. The cultural melting-pot is just a facade that most Africans pretend to believe in especially when they are away from home and nostalgic. But no one would deny how tribalism is rampant and destroys life. 

Now that South Sudan is independent and the North of Mali seems to be on the same path I am hopeful :-)

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Our identity is not compatible with those of the Islamists. Since we have taken over Northern Mali, AQMI is nowhere to be found, they used to operate in the region without a single concern by the Malian government […]
Some elements want to impose the Sharia Law and we clearly state our disagreement. We fought for our independence and we will always guarantee Religious freedom in Azawad.
In our culture, the woman has a special place. The MNLA’s aims is to give the Azawadian woman her rightful place. We will never impose a religious identity to our Azawad woman, whether it’s Islam or anything else.
Ansar Dine should not be feared by us, it’s a small group who has relations with some Arabs. The MNLA is made of various Tuareg tribes, as well as Songhai and Fulanis.
We want the medias to stop creating confusion and stop associating us with Islamists.

Mossa Ag Attaher, thanks to Amazigh blog


In response to this, this and many others. Don’t listen to western medias (they didn’t give a fuck in January, why are they now?) when it comes to Azawad.

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