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The Calling

The Calling G. Bumawu Fiawoo My song-god awoke me from slumber, My song-god called on me one night, Put a cow's tail in my hand And asked me to sing a song. I said I did not know a song, But he urged me for my grandfather's And for our house's sake to sing. So I did, and from then and now My mouth is full of songs; Not good songs yet, not sweet songs; But one day and very soon, My song-god shall return to me And this time, shall bring a horse's tail A large, beautiful shining horse's tail, And a golden voice to sing. Then, I shall sing powerful songs. Songs to cause the dead to come alive, Songs to evoke the spirit of the ancestors. I shall be strong and my voice shall be strong . My song-god! Can you hear me? Where are you, my Hadzivodu? Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/black-sacred-music/article-pdf/1/1/61/791807/61fiawoo.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 13 February 2021 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

The Calling

Black Sacred Music , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 1987

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Copyright
© Copyright 1987 JBSM/Jon Michael Spencer
ISSN
1043-9455
eISSN
2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-1.1.61
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Abstract

G. Bumawu Fiawoo My song-god awoke me from slumber, My song-god called on me one night, Put a cow's tail in my hand And asked me to sing a song. I said I did not know a song, But he urged me for my grandfather's And for our house's sake to sing. So I did, and from then and now My mouth is full of songs; Not good songs yet, not sweet songs; But one day and very soon, My song-god shall return to me And this time, shall bring a horse's tail A large, beautiful shining horse's tail, And a golden voice to sing. Then, I shall sing powerful songs. Songs to cause the dead to come alive, Songs to evoke the spirit of the ancestors. I shall be strong and my voice shall be strong . My song-god! Can you hear me? Where are you, my Hadzivodu? Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/black-sacred-music/article-pdf/1/1/61/791807/61fiawoo.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 13 February 2021

Journal

Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1987

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