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A Senegalese Song That Gives Thanks

Happy April 4th! It's Senegalese Independence Day.

The country's first president was Leopold Sedar Senghor, a poet. I read his work in French class, years ago and it got me interested in visiting his West African country.

Last year I landed at the airport named for him at Senegal's capital city of Dakar. That was just the beginning of three months of my Senegalese immersion — gathering around shared platters of fish and rice on the floor, spending afternoons drinking the requisite three cups of progressively sweetened, home-brewed tea called atayaa, learning the traditional rounds of greetings in Wolof, which translate roughly to: How are you? How is your family? How is your house? How is your work?

I never quite learned to dance as well as Coumba Gawlo Seck, but I was able to understand many of the words of her song, "Dieuredjeff," but that's because it's basically a thank you to her fans and a lot of the lyrics are their names.

Have a listen and a look and let us know what you think and what you're thankful for.