Here’s one recording I’m sure you’ll love. The title of the song is “Suspend Me” sung by Wambura Mitaru, a U.S. music scholar from Kenya. The title of the featured poem is “The End of a Love Affair” by Kenyan poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo. Spoken vocal of the recording was done by the poet herself.
Now, I don’t really know how to write about music. All I know is that I love what I feel when I listen to this recording. It feels like when you’re a little bit tipsy from drinking two bottles of delicious ice cold beer that you really enjoyed you feel excited and giddy because you know you can now smile and be sad at the same time and not worry about what others will think. That’s how this recording makes me feel. Sorry, I really need to learn how to write about music now.
I hope you enjoy the recording though!
The End of a Love Affair
by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
When you are past the fuzzies, past speaking
each night – calling at dawn, past conjoining
your life to his by palm and cell phone;
When the memory of you two together,
after it’s over, protects you from others
who would block out the sound of your skin
– the small of your back, even – aching
to be alone, pores breathing air at last, grateful
while the shadow of him fades;
Silence will be yours to find yourself again,
the one you loved so fiercely before –
to whom you must eventually be faithful,
the one who will not accept shiny stones and flowers –
the notebooks and vocabulary you collected, scraps
to prove you learnt something useful on the way.
In case you’re wondering where I found this, I found this at World Literature Today.