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      Your Song Child Project   

         

  • it's   a song for children and grown-ups
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  • it's   a story about love compassion understanding
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  • it's   about respect tolerance world citizen awareness

      a tool to Peace The World

 

Your Song Child - STORY

When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends, and together, they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else

When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life

Deep inside us we all know that we have a song, and wish that our family and friends would recognize it, and support us singing it. We are all longing to be seen, appreciated and loved for being who we truly are

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them. The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity

When you recognize your own song in life, put differently, are following the uniqe way of your heart and destiny, you will probably feel no desire or need to do or say or anything that would hurt another

A friend is someone who knows your song and is singing it to you when you have forgotten it

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you may hold about yourself

They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

They know that you are a special person with unique qualities, and that the world will be enriched by your presence and actions.

They respect and love you, unconditionally, when you are strong, as well as when you might be feeling weak during the journey of your life.

We hope that you know your song and that you’ll be singing it - and hope that you’ve got  loving and caring people around to remind you, in case you should forget

traditonal story passed on in Griot tradition
rewritten by Jane Maluka for this project

Your Song Child - STORY Pidgin English

”STORY, STORY: - STORY!!! ONCE UPON A TIME: TIME-TIME!!!”
When woman for village for Africa know seh she don get belle, she go call some of her friends and togeda dem go go inside forest to pray and pray tilli dem hear the song of the spirit of the pikin.

Dem know well well seh efry soul get him own spirit and special destiny for this life. When all the women come sabi the song of the pikin spirit well well dem go sing am loud together and go back for village to teach efrybody.

When the woman born the pikin finish, the whole village go gather jolly and sing the song to the pikin. Later when the pikin grow and begin to dey go school, the whole village go gather to sing the pikin song. When the pikin do initiation and become man or woman, the people go gather again to sing. Na the same thing when the pikin marry, the whole village go sing him song to am.

Na so tilli the pikin go grow old finish and even when the spirit dey go join the ancestors, the family and friends go gather by the side of the bed like dem do when the woman dey born the pikin and dem go sing the song to lead the spirit to the next life.

Deep inside us we know seh we get our own spirit song and we dey wish seh our family and friends sabi am well well and go dey support us to sing am. Na efrybody wan mek people see dem, mek people appreciate dem and mek people love dem as dem be.

For village for Africa one other occasion dey when people dey sing the pikin song to am. If at any time for him life the person do bad bad thing wey be like abomination, village people go call the person to the village square. Dem go gather round am form circle and sing him song to am. Africa society know well well seh correction for bad behaviour no be for punishment but na to show love and mek man pikin for know who him be for this world.

When you sabi your own song for life, you go dey follow your own heart and destiny and you no go need to dey do bad thing wey go affect another man pikin. Na your true friend be person wey know your song well well, wey go sing am to you even when you forget. The people wey love you well well no dey judge you by your mistakes or by wetin you think seh make you bad. Dem dey remember your beauty when you think seh you ugly. Dem remember when you stand gidigba when you think seh you don fall yakata. Dem remember your innocence when you dey feel guilty and your purpose when you dey feel confused.

Dem know seh you be special person wey get beta quality and the world go fit gain from your presence and actions. Dem respect and love you as you be without any condition, when you dey strong or even when you dey feel weak for the journey of your life.

We hope seh you know your song and you go dey sing am well well - and hope seh you get people around you wey care and love you, wey go remind you in case you forget your own song for dis life.

Pidgin English translation by Ghariokwu LEMI

 

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