April is National Poetry Month, so I thought we'd discover a few West African poets.
The first is Bernard Dadié, from Cote d'Ivoire, a prolific Ivorian writer of various genres. The poem below, translated in English to Dry Your Tears Afrika, (originally written in French, Seche tes Pleurs) was published in 1967. It's a moving poem about Africans returning to their homeland after centuries of slavery and colonialism. This poem was also translated into Mende (a language spoken by 46% of Sierra Leone) and set to music composed by John Williams as a beautiful choral piece for the movie Amistad. You can hear the piece in the video below.
Translated into Mende, you can hear the beautiful choral piece in the following video: