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This song is by Baaba Maal and appears on the album Lam Toro (1992).

Listen to my voice
Echoing in the night
Talking with the universe
Bringing advice to humanity
My friend, respect your word
Keep your dignity
Try to know your role in society
Olel invites the Halpulaar (those who speak Pulaar)
And all Africans
To unite around the fount of knowledge
That is Africa
To reflect, like the echo
A sense of solidarity
Within the family
And in the wider community
Good or bad
What we sow, we reap
Like the music of the great Peul festivals
Our song carries a prayer
That next year's celebrations
Will see everyone reunited
Reciting the same prayer
My heart is full of love for you
Political leaders shake hands
But do they really want national unity?
Children of Senegal
Come dance the Yela Hayo!
All over Senegal
They're dancing the Yela
Even the Serers dance the Yela!
Senef footballers in France
Senes footballers in Senegal
Solidarity will win you
The African cup in 1992
We don't care where the rain comes from
As long as it rains
In Senegal
In Mali
They dance the Yela
Yela is a song about love

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