As I am currently in Senegal (I leave later today), I thought I would re-blog this wonderful Peter Gabriel song, because in the last verse Youssou N’Dour, a Senegalese singer and a bit of a celebrity here, sings in Wolof.
French is the official language of Senegal, and everything here is in French, but in Dakar (where I currently am), it is Wolof that people speak to each other. Wolof is spoken by nearly half the population of Senegal, and is the most widely spoken African language in the country. There are several other African languages in Senegal, including Mandinka, which for some reason is a language I have heard of. Also, because some 92% of the population are Muslim, Arabic is widely present.
I don’t have much more to say about the song beyond what I said in my original post. It is one of my favourite Peter Gabriel songs, so here is a chance to enjoy it again!
Today I thought I would share this great song by Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”. It was released in 1986 and is from his 5th studio album “So”. “In Your Eyes” was not released as a single in the Disunited Kingdom. In the US it reached no 26 in the Billboard charts. One of the more unusual features of the song is some singing towards the end by Youssou N’Dour, a singer from Senegal, who sings some words translated into his native Wolof, a language of Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania. When you consider that this song was recorded in 1985, it illustrates how Gabriel was one of the early champions of what became known as “World Music”
Peter Gabriel wrote both the words and the music. The lyrics are
Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart.
When I want…
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