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​Youssou Madjiguene

This song is by Jimi Mbaye.

When I compose a melody
The rhythmic imprint of mbalax
Our music
Courses through my mind
When I play my guitar
In my mind's eye I see
Now the kora
Now the xalam
And whenever I lift my voice to sing
The image before me is of one person only:
Youssou Madjiguène

Who is Madjiguène?
He's the one who cleared the way
Who opened the road large for all of us
Calling us toward the horizon

When you go abroad you'll hear him called Youssou
Here at home the boys will holler "Hey, You!"
He collected the gold record
We were praying for
So we all exclaimed "Madjiguène, go ahead!"
Mbalax is ours
We own it
Let's take good care of it
If we do, it will surely hold its own in the world

Adja Ndeye Sokhna Mboup is your mother
El-Hadj Elimane Ndour is your father
You're Mamy's husband and
Bouba's brother
Oh, Youssou Madjiguène
I sing your good name

May God protect you
Protect you for our sake
That's what we're praying for
"Madjiguène, go ahead!"

You've done so much to help your friends
I'm sure God will reward you for that

What we own
Is the sound of the sabar
Kit drums we borrowed from abroad
The electric guitar is not really of our tradition
What we own is the sound of the xalam

When I compose a melody
The rhythmic imprint of mbalax
Our music
Courses through my mind
When I play my guitar
In my mind's eye I see
Now the kora
Now the xalam
And whenever I lift my voice to sing
The image before me is of one person only:
Youssou Madjiguène

"Madjiguène, go ahead!"
"Youssou Madjiguène, go ahead!"
"Madjiguène, go ahead!"
"Youssou Madjiguène, go ahead!"