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Maribayassa is an entity with the power to grant any wish.
In return for this wish, one must dance for Maribayassa
This song is about a woman who doesn’t fulfill her part of the bargain. It’s a parable about keeping one’s word.


Once there was a women

Who could not conceive

She got up

And went to see Maribayassa

So he could give her a child

After two months

She became pregnant, 

But she never danced for Maribayassa!

One day her son

Grabbed a hoe, and headed out to the fields

but on his way, Maribayassa fell upon him

He got sick

He got Malaria

His intestines started hurting

Pretty soon, he was on death’s door

And then, he passed

His mother got up

And went to see the fortune teller

“Oh fortune teller”, she said

“Tell me what happened to my son!”
The fortune teller says Maribayassa killed your son!
But the woman doesn't believe her

She goes to the magic men, fortune tellers, and sorcerers. 

Each one tells her the same. 

Finally, at her wits end, she is told again that Maribayassa took her son back because she didn’t dance.
This last, she realizes the mistake she has made
She realizes she should have danced
She learns her lesson

------Bambara Version---------

Musɔ kɛlɛn sɔrɔla
Dɛn ko gɛlɛyara o ma
Muso ka wele bɔ
Ka taa se yassa so ma
O Ka sɔn dɛn kɛlɛnna
Kalo kɛlɛn kalo fila
Musɔ ye Kono taa
A ma yassa don

Dondo tileganfɛ sa
Dɛn ke ye dabaa taa
A tara senekeforola
o na daba nin da
yassa binna a kan
sumaya l'en a
jo ka jolɛn na
a nugu y'en dimina sa
k'ale be dilan no
O baarake saya furɛ di
Musɔ ka wele bɔ
ka taa se kɔlɔndalaw ma
Kui kɔlɔnda musɔ kui
i bolo bila kɔlɔn-ni da

o no kɔlɔn-ni da
na ka kɔlɔn kan fɔ sa
Yassa y'i dɛn fa
Kɔlɔn ma tiŋɛ fɔ
Kɔlɔntigi ma tiŋɛ fɔ
Kɔlɔn da langɔlɔn ke
Kɔlɔntigi da langɔlɔn ke

Musɔ ka wele bɔ
ka taa se borontigi ma
o na boron-in da
namaka boron kan fɔ sa
i dafalen yassa la
i ma yassa don
yassa y'i dɛn fa
boron ye tiŋɛ fɔ
borontigi ye tiŋɛ fɔ
boron da langɔlɔn tɛ
borontigi da langɔlɔn tɛ
kui kui kui kui
kui kui kui kui kui


from Orchestra Gold - II, released November 1, 2019


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Orchestra Gold Oakland, California

Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African – inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali’s musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of psychedelic soul. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam’s vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out. ... more


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