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Published on Aug 23, 2008
Milyamba is about the hard life of the woman in the senegalese country side.
Sister Fa - Milyamba (English)
1. Verse Well dressed this morning you go out to use your time You don't take your time to walk slowly as in spring You do not give so much importance to the ones who say That the life in the countryside is difficult Because you little Sister live the easy life To go shopping you have your nice car You drive with it like a small nightingale Meanwhile me all morning I go to the rice fields With my child in my back I go kilometres Dressed in rags as if I had nothing else To live happy I have to accept this work For it I use all my energy without any sorrow And to prove my braveness I start a simpl croon
2. Verse With the burning sun right in the middle of the day We brave women work there in fields like slaves in one of these plantations We take care of our harvest with attention Avoiding to step on it, that is affection While you in your well air-conditioned room You make your siesta without risk to be traumatized While I think of it your room is well flavoured And your curtains protect you from the sun Sleep well little Sister because you do not have any worries The life which I live is the law of nature My injured feet even tough wearing sandals Which I take off as soon as I arrive in front of my door A very small nearly empty bowl is all that they bring me And the fruit of my job is what I bring in.
3. Verse My hard hands do not deny the contact with the mortar My body is damaged from my head up to my heels Certain dresses like trousers you never wear it The last sunrays I use them to preparer with sweat in my kitchen My running tears hurt my pride I work with naked upper part of the body even if it is a bit wild Work hard to nourish my children, that it is my work I have to do it before shame devastates me To have a rest I back out in my hut My mat loopholed by thumbtacks and fleas till the soil Which bite me all over my body and which prevent me to sleep.