THOSE PEOPLE

A black magazine for people too hip for black magazines. 

Their Name Is Amani

Their Name Is Amani

 

That dust road
That red sun
That wide veld
Swallow me

Ah, that music
of sunset and trees
That excited marimba
Those quick drums
Rattle me

Their dusty feet are
hostage too
you soulful voice
you painful joy
tell me how
you make the winds obey

IMAGE CAPTURED BY MOSES MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

IMAGE CAPTURED BY MOSES MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

that tropical sway
that tropical vibe
that African people
you make home sweet
you make life
come alive

I nod my head
And I shake my dreads
We killin’ this vibe
We’ll do it all again

I nod my head
And I shake my dreads
We don’t need to ask
We know you want to dance

Image captured by Moses Mitchell Photography

Image captured by Moses Mitchell Photography

“Elelelele le — oh
Aa yeee
Aa yo
Elelelele
Aa yo”

You say yur words
like you don’t need a drum
Yur vocal cords are musical
You got dat tropical voice
You got dat caribbean tongue
Yur woman speaks like the moon
When she full,
she pull the tides
up her beach
gazing down like she don’t want dem
She knows
how to have her fun

she move ha body
like she made hurself
how can she do that
she can barely save hurself!
Image captured by Moses Mitchell Photography

Image captured by Moses Mitchell Photography

and we sing

“Elelelele le — oh
Elelelele ole”

her name is Zaina

her name is Yemi
they call them Amani
his name is Delano
they called ha Savonnae
somebody call dem
Amani

“Oh-oh, oh-oh
I nod my head
Oh-oh, oh-oh
We nod our heads”

I shake my dreads
And you drop ya braids

We love you like Amani
Like gazelles won’t stop hopping
We love you like Upendo
Like chickens roaming on the street
Love you like I already told you

Now whip yur braids,
And roll yur head
See the sun
‘en stop — 
And say Amani

 
 

This song never grows old.

Thank you drums.

Thank you marimba.

Thank you afro songs.

For getting under my skin.

For taking me back home.

 
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