The African Drum

drum

he cuts a log out of the forest

and with chisels makes it hollow

then fixes awo oju ilu (dry goat skin making the head of an African drum)

tightening it with sisal strips

and with ocher draws its patterns

a complete African drum

 

 

 

someone plays a guitar

another plays a violin

and all are sweet for my ears

but mandinka tunes sabaro and kutiro

putting awo oju ilu

near the log fire

 

 

the guitar was sweet

the violin was sweeter

but sound sabaro kutiro

na me na go crazy

my waist breaks na dance

sabaro kutiro ejaculates sweetness

that supersedes guitar and violin

the sweetness of an African drum

 

——Stephen M. Mutuku ——

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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