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Bamboula Dreams Part 1

from Whisper of a Shadow - Opus 1 by Yohan Giaume

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We come to praise in Congo Square
A trilogy of drums, dancers and rhythms
Reminding curious eyes of our Kongolese past
Remembering the beautiful souls of the ancestors

Spectators form circles with our family from
Other worlds, the secular and the sacred
They surround
Sun shined gris gris dancers
Black bodies kissed with the mark of Africa

Pounding drums call out to ancient spirits
Africans Dance the Bamboula and the Calinda
Shadows of the unseen sway to the beat
Libations are poured for the great ones

The Bamboula Rhythm has traveled the World
with the children of West Africa
You will find it wherever you find them
It is the vitality of unconquered spirits

Open your ears and hear the bamboula in Congo square
Hear the rhythms everywhere From west Africa to the Caribbean

Black crows spread their beautiful wings
Paying homage to the children of Shango
You cannot beat the black off of us
And you can’t beat Africa out of us

We ain’t giving it up


from Whisper of a Shadow - Opus 1, track released February 12, 2021
Composed by Yohan Giaume / Poem by Chuck Perkins


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French composer-arranger, trumpeter, ethnomusicologist, Yohan Giaume is building an oeuvre that combines his passion for world music traditions, large-scale collaborative efforts, explorations of new genres and creatively enriching partnerships with other musicians. ... more

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