Salia Koroma: “It Will Rain Domination”

From the 1993 sit-down session with Salia I bring you the snippet Nje I wa. I’m going to post very shortly a longer version of the song, very likely recorded in the early 1970s.

Salia Koroma builds his composition on a very simple children’s chant, a ‘song’ usually ‘sang’ when rain clouds gather:

Nje iwa

Bi nyanda gbo ve

(Rain, come!

Bring my own share of salt.)

A fresh outlook  is cast on these two lines. Instead of the two simple lines just being incantatory babble from the mouths of children, for Salia they inform the wishes of  the feckless young man in the village. Rain, ordinarily salutary, ceases to be so; it therefore becomes anything but beneficial. Such a rainfall brings on the earth below only sterility. A rainfall such as that represents ruin and domination from which only the virtuous will escape:

It will rain down something big, but it won’t touch these parts.

Let it rain down, let it rain my share of salt.

It’s going to rain. What an evil thing it will be!

Let it rain down, let it rain my share of salt.

If you walk in goodness it will rain domination

But it won’t touch you.

If you walk in goodness, it will indeed rain domination

But it won’t touch you…

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Posted on October 3, 2012, in Salia Koroma. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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