Friday, January 3, 2014

"Sabu Yerku" for Music with Marian

A multi-talented member of the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, my friend Marian introduced to us  Ali and Toumani, the Grammy-award-winning album of duets from two of Africa’s most distinguished musicians, the late guitarist Ali Farka Touré and kora player Toumani Diabaté.
The song in the video Marian included for us is called Sabu Yerku.

the sound tingles
in the veins
of my arms
and moves
from my shoulders
to my fingertips
and yet,
it is an unfamiliar sound
carrying with it
no memories of mine,
but instead
the wisdom of the ages,
delightfully down
                           by Kay Davies, January, 2014


Marian said...

true, right? this music does seem to carry the weight of much. love this, Kay. xo

Anonymous said...

This gives a very vivid sense of what you are feeling and this connection with something that's human - beyond cultural--lovely, Kay. Thanks. k>

kaykuala said...

Beautiful offering of a talented duet group. We're deprived of more good music with Ali's demise. Sadly! Wonderful write Kay!


Robert Bourne said...

music can touch in many ways... giving something that cannot always be defined...but is felt... I got this sense from your write...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is EXACTLY what listening to them feels like. Brill, kiddo!

Mama Zen said...

Oh, this is pretty!

Susie Clevenger said...

That is the beauty of don't have to know it or the words but you can feel and be moved by it.

Margaret said...

Yes! This is exactly how I felt when I was listening to their music. Well done!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
All traditional musics tell us so much more than their mere sounds. This poem does too. YAM xx

Anonymous said...

Nice greeting of a distant melody. I guess that's the appeal of what they now call world music.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love your skies, as well as the music of your poetry.
It's been a tough week with a challenging client.
She has ALS, cannot speak, uses a text-to-speech program.
They are moving to an apt. at the end of the month. I go back for respite this afternoon, Kay. It breaks my heart.
Thanks for listening.

Helen said...

Kay, you captured the essence of their music beautifully! Uniquely theirs, ours as well.

Kerry O'Connor said...

So interesting to read your response to the music - it carries no memories of yours, but it carries so many memories of mine. I like your description of music of the ages - there is something ancient about the duo's sound.

Kay said...

Lovely poem, Kay. My son introduced me to these musicians when he sent Malian music for me to experience. This is when he was in the Peace Corps in Mali.