Published on March 13, 2012

Kate’s Travel Playlist – Track 7: “Wassiye” (Music)

This week, here is a soothing West African tune by:

Habib Koité

Koité is a guitarist and singer from Mali.  He formed his internationally acclaimed band, Bamada, in 1988. They have five albums and have toured the world.

The more I listened to this song, the more I loved it.  That hook, “Wassiye Wassiye” is so catchy and stayed with me throughout the day. 

Curious about what I was singing, I looked up the lyrics. Let me tell you, it was no small feat finding out what he is saying. Here’s a rough translation…

“For all the happy fathers, you have just had a daughter who looks very much like your wife. You are blessed now with two wives at home.”

Hmm. Ok. I still like the song even though I can’t quite relate to the lyrics.

Find Habib Koite on itTunes

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