odetta and mama africa

December 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

odetta dies. miriam makeba dies.  this is so sad.  not that their deaths are sad, but that these living legends retire from this world and so i can no longer point to them as the breath that inspires me to breathe.  black women folk artists who sang and their voices gave energy to those in the streets fighting. this is what i want my voice to do: inspire those who see themselves as voiceless or have been described by the arrogant as voiceless to scream or moan or just sing.

just sing.

because silence is an anathema.

odetta became more beautiful as she grew older.  there is a gorgeous picture of here.  she looks like a dragonfly.

frankly, i am not sure what all the words in this song mean.  but isnt it a beautiful song for the morning?  she was exiled from south africa and her music was banned.


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