Rain Rain Beautiful Rain: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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  1. Spaceman Says:

    I referee (soccer) with a fellow from southern Nigeria. Barely speaks English, but soccer refs aren’t obliged to say much. Just point the right way. A compact fellow, maybe 5’2″ 130 pounds

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      This is such a good song. The African instruments add to it. It always made me think of the rainy season in Ghana.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I’m surprised he doesn’t speak much English as it is or at least was the national language.

      I always figured soccer is an international language.

      • Spaceman Says:

        “I bless the rains down in Africa”. One of those melodies that stays in your head.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I totally understand that from an African view. If the rains are late, the fields can’t be planted and families won’t have crops for themselves with a bit left to sell in the markets during the long dry season.

  2. Spaceman Says:

    He mentioned what he normally spoke – it was a native language, but I don’t remember what he said He was a salesman of farm supplies there, but was looking for work here. Catholic. Wife and children still in Nigeria. His brother lives in USA is how he got here.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I don’t know about Nigeria, but in Ghana, there are many, many languages. In my town they spoke FraFra, and only there was ir spoke. Around were three other languages.

      English was the national language in Ghana because it was a former British colony, and because they couldn’t chose just one native language and exclude all those who didn’t speak it.

      When I lived there, it was common for the father to go where he could work and send back money to his family.


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