DAWN KRYSTAL WILLIAMS

COMPOSER AND MEZZO-CONTRALTO

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KAMU BALNI

(Voice and Ethnic Drum)

TEXT AND TRANSLATION

Kamu balni balnugol buguedyi,

The sky deepens to the indigo of Guinea cloth,

Misso missi mitsugol biradam,

The mist bedews with a veil of fresh milk,

Fowru ulli, diko ladde dyaboke;

The hyena calls; the lion, king of the brush, responds;

Nden e danedyo weli gundidade.

It is the time to be murmuring with a lover.

– Translation by Dawn K. Williams