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For this installment Charlie pays tribute to poet-statesman Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal who died at age 95 on December 21, 2001.

Leopold Sedar Senghor, who led his country to independence served as the first president of Senegal. He is noted for his involvement in the philosophy of "negritude," a term he coined. He once said he wanted to "irrigate the Cartesian rationalism of Europe with black sensitivity through the gift of emotion." A poet of great strength and a politician of great humanity, he deserves to be celebrated and remembered. To hear Charlie's thoughts click on the [ Stream ] or [ Download ] links.

Leopold Sedar Senghor
Leopold Sedar Senghor


For Two Flutes

I HAVE spun a song soft as a murmur of doves at
     noon
To the shrill notes of my four-stringed khalam.
I have woven you a song and you did not hear me.
I have offered you wild flowers with scents as strange
     as a sorcerer's eyes
I have offered you my wild flowers. Will you let
     them wither,
Finding distraction in the mayflies dancing?

 

From "Nocturnes" by Leopold Sedar Senghor
trans. By John Reed and Clive Wake


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