Maribayassa

Bamana lyrics

Musɔ kɛlɛn sɔrɔla

Dɛn ko gɛlɛyara o ma

Muso ka wele bɔ

Ka taa se yassa so ma

O Kan sɔn dɛn kɛlɛnna

Kalo kɛlɛn kalo fila

Musɔ ye Kono taa

A ma yassa don

 

Dondo tileganfɛ sa

Dɛn ke ye dabaa taa

o na daba 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

 

 

 

 

English translation

Once there was a women

Who could not conceive.

She got up

And went to see Maribayassa

So he could give her a child.

One months, two months,

She became pregnant,

But she never danced the Maribayassa dance

 

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!”

 

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