And to conclude the journey of Counterflows 2015 we bring to you the most joyous of concerts. Bringing Noura Mint Seymali to Glasgow is an important step for Counterflows. Her’s is a music that transcends the global trends in experimentalism and is together completely contemporary and ancient. Noura’s voice is steeped in the poetry of her land and as the sub-Saharan dunes shift in the warm wind so too does the music of the griot, moving to the rhythm of hope.
And how glorious too to have Sacred Paws perform as part of this evening. With their new EP out, the support for their mesmerising music just grows and grows.
Nostalgic Song about Life by Aicha Mint Chighaly
Oh! These are uncertain times.
Even one moment of pleasure
Is sure to be followed by days of pain
Today I went past the old camp ground
And I saw the baobab branch which used to
Stand behind the tents.
This baobab branch was burned all black.
Oh! Such sadness and desolation.
The one who burned that branch is ignorant.
There is no other divinity but God.
O my beloved, speak.
Because I am too shy, I cannot
Come see you at your parents’ house.
And you, you did not take the precaution of leaving
And going away
So that I could find you
Translation by J. Crews of Sheikh Mohammed el-Arbi’s French translation from Arabic
21:00 – 21:25 Sacred Paws
21:35 – 22:45 Noura Mint Seymali