Seydou
Salif Keita Lyrics


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Allah nôlé
Allah nôlé woyi
Allah lé fama allah lé dalimassan
Allah sa menfou

Allah nôlé
Allah nôlé oh
Allah lé fama allah lé dalimassan
Allah makoté

Ngo allah makotala
Komatessi yé fini mi danla
Kokan fêrobô, Seydou toro karala
Bogolan djama yé fini mi dan na lo wo lof o kadi bèyé
Seydou toro karala
Guéssé dan na lou guéssé mi dan na lo o lo
No kadi bèyé Seydou toro karala

An bè sapé lé
Djama bè sapé lé ko
An bè ko
An nou farafimoussolou sapélé ko

An bè sapé lé
Djama bè sapé lé ko
An bè ko
An nou farafitchèlou sapélé ko

Seydou djolimandi
Seydou Seydou koussa woyi
Chris Seydou Seydou koussatala

An bè sapé lé
Djama bè sapé lé ko
An bè ko
An nou farafimoussolou sapélé ko

An bè sapé lé
Djama bè sapé lé ko
An bè ko
An nou farafitchèlou sapélé ko

Seydou djolimandi
Seydou Seydou koussa woyi
Chris Seydou Seydou koussatala

Awa kignèrô den ni djon kakan?
Alphadi yarabini mo mankan
Assa kignèrô dan ni djon kakan?
Mangara filani gnon ni mo makan

Alé lé
Alé lo karala
Seydou lé, Seydou lé gogolan
Jupou lou karala djama yé

Alé lé
Alé lo karala
Ngo Seydou lé, Seydou lé robou
Youman lou karala djama yé

Iyan fêro to
Seydou yan ferôto to
Iyan to iyé djéliden
Missènou fero to to

An gnadji to
Djama bè gnadji to ko fo
An bè ko
Anou farafidenou gnadji to ko

Seydou djolimandi
Seydou Seydou dogora
Chris Seydou Seydou dogora man




Chris Seydou Seydou dogora
Chris Seydou Seydou dogora man

Overall Meaning

Salif Keita's song "Seydou" is about the African traditions and spirituality, emphasizing the importance of respecting the divine and the moral values it instills. Through its lyrics, Keita honors Seydou, who embodies a spiritual leader and a source of wisdom and guidance for his people. In the song, Keita repeatedly invokes Allah, showcasing the centrality of religion in the African culture while also exalting Seydou's wisdom and teachings.


The opening lyrics, "Allah nôlé, Allah lé fama allah lé dalimassan, allah sa menfou," can be translated to "God is great, God is just, God is powerful, God is our refuge." These lines are an expression of the importance of faith and trust in Allah, especially during difficult times when people are vulnerable and need help. In the chorus, Keita repeats "Seydou djolimandi, Seydou Seydou koussa woyi" which means "Seydou, we thank you, Seydou, Seydou, we appreciate your wisdom." Here, Keita is praising Seydou as a spiritual teacher and guide who has helped the community navigate through life's challenges.


The latter part of the song references several African traditions, such as Bogolan dyeing, a method of coloring fabrics with natural dyes, and percussion instruments like the jembe and doum-doum. These references demonstrate the importance of preserving cultural practices and knowledge that connect people to their roots.


Overall, "Seydou" communicates a message of gratitude, respect, and reverence for the divine, traditions, and the wisdom of elders. The song is a tribute to an individual whose teachings have had a lasting impact on his community, providing them with knowledge and a sense of identity and belonging.


Line by Line Meaning

Allah nôlé
Oh Allah help me


Allah nôlé woyi
Oh Allah help me please


Allah lé fama allah lé dalimassan, allah sa menfou
Allah is respected, Allah is strong, Allah will not be defeated


Allah lé fama allah lé dalimassan, allah makoté
Allah is respected, Allah is strong, Allah is victorious


Ngo allah makotala
Indeed, Allah is victorious


Komatessi yé fini mi danla kokan fêrobô, Seydou toro karala
The hunter named Seydou is brave and skilled in hunting wild game


Bogolan djama yé fini mi dan na lo wo lof o kadi bèyé, Seydou toro karala
Seydou is also skilled in creating bogolan clothes


Guéssé dan na lou guéssé mi dan na lo o lo no kadi bèyé Seydou toro karala
He is skilled in both creating and wearing the traditional Guéssé clothing


An bè sapé lé, djama bè sapé lé ko, an bè ko an nou farafimoussolou sapélé ko
Let us dress well, let us all dress well, so that we may honor ourselves with respect


An bè sapé lé, djama bè sapé lé ko, an bè ko an nou farafitchèlou sapélé ko
Let us dress well, let us all dress well, so that we may present ourselves well


Seydou djolimandi, Seydou Seydou koussa woyi
Seydou is strong, Seydou is very strong


Chris Seydou Seydou koussatala
Chris and Seydou are both very strong


Awa kignèrô den ni djon kakan?
Who is the best hunter in the village?


Alphadi yarabini mo mankan!
Alphadi is the best!


Assa kignèrô dan ni djon kakan?
Who is the best blacksmith in the village?


Mangara filani gnon ni mo makan
The blacksmith named Mangara is the best


Alé lé, alé lo karala, Seydou lé, Seydou lé gogolan jupou lou karala djama yé
Let's go see Seydou who is good in making bogolan clothes and wears the traditional Guéssé clothing


Alé lé, alé lo karala, ngo Seydou lé, Seydou lé robou youman lou karala djama yé
Let's go see Seydou who is good in hunting and wearing wild game skins


Iyan fêro to, Seydou yan ferôto to, iyan to iyé djéliden missènou fero to to
He has a strong bow, Seydou has a stronger bow, and the strongest is the bow of Djéliden


An gnadji to, djama bè gnadji to ko fo, an bè ko anou farafidenou gnadji to ko
Let us complement the bow, let us all complement the bow, so that it may be known that we have good weapons


Seydou djolimandi, Seydou Seydou dogora
Seydou is brave, Seydou is very brave


Chris Seydou Seydou dogora man
Chris and Seydou are both very brave




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Written by: Salif Keita

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Nqobile Sibiya

Can somebody translate this song for me into English plz. Tnx

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