As daily marks the sixtieth anniversary of African independence, RFI brings again the musical environment of the time. On 28 November 1960, Mauritania left the French Neighborhood. On the radio, a track glorifies this historic second: Yaa Mauritani mbareck listighlal (“Could God bless Mauritania’s independence” in French).
Independence in Mauritania additionally means independence from the airwaves. Radio Mauritanie, initially put in in Saint-Louis, northern Senegal, flourished on the time. Within the nomadic camps, the transistor propagates. The station, which is making ready its last transfer to Nouakchott, is arranging a number of classes with outstanding artists.
Mounina Mint Elea’s voice dominates this recording of Yaa Mauritani mbareck listighlal. For El Hadrami El Meïdah, the founding father of the Nationwide Orchestra of the Islamic Republic of Mauretania, “everybody was in love with the voice of Mounina Mint Eleya, who was very lovely. She was a bit of woman, however she sang very loud! And at the moment it meant that we sang effectively! As a result of the bitter cherries that they need to be heard by everybody, for instance, on the huge festivals the place they attended. “
A quartet to have a good time nationwide unity
On Radio Mauritany’s recording, Mounina Mint Eleya is accompanied by singers Isselmou Ould Nivrou and Mahjouba El Meïdah. Jeich Ould Sedoum is a tidinite, a type of lye that’s typically utilized in West Africa. Ould Sedoum was a virtuoso nicknamed “Mauretanian Ray Charles” as a result of, just like the American jazzman, he was blind.
Their presence collectively can also be a means of celebrating nationwide unity in a younger state threatened by Moroccan territorial claims. “We needed to deliver them collectively to unite Mauritania,” stated El Hadrami El Meïdah, founding father of the Nationwide Orchestra. Jeich Ould Sedoum was from the north, Mounina Mint Eleya was the morello cherry from the Emir of Brakna within the south, Mahjouba El Meïdah was right here (in Nouakchott, the editor’s comment) and Isselmou Ould Nivrou was along with his household in Atar (midwest of Mauritania, the editor’s comment). And we now have all these folks collectively! “
The lyrics of the track additionally have a good time the unity of this rising nation: “Could God bless independence (…), today when our flag is raised for the primary time (…). We acknowledge ourselves by their lovely colours: inexperienced and yellow crossed by a star and a crescent moon ”.