A Swaggering and Restless Generation

Not your grandmother’s ways…
I’m putting up a complete Salia Koroma piece in this post, complete with a video montage. (Finally!) The song-“Ko Sao”- is in the vein of the many wonderful three-minute long gramophone records he did between the 1940s and 1960s.
What’s remarkable about these vignettes is the tightness with which the various strands are woven. A story is told in mostly plain language and no aphorisms, with Salia Koroma focusing on the theme of conservation and a restlessness devoid of progress. The philosophising will come with old age. What we end up listening to in each of these economical compositions is something that is as coherent as it’s charming.
“Ko Sao”(But no!), though probably recorded in the 1950s, based on the sentiments expressed, is the composition of a younger man. The song is divided into two parts. In the first half of the song, Salia Koroma contrasts his generation with that of his grandparents’. In the second half, the singer declares a personal manifesto in light of his generation’s way of looking at life. And this personal credo is expressed in poetic terms. Miss that and you miss the whole song.
Another post will follow soon, giving a little more context to the themes in the song.
Enjoy, you Happy Few!

Ko Sao” appears in the Salia Collection in the sidebar.

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Posted on November 19, 2008, in Salia Koroma. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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