I just got off of the phone with one of my brothers (in spirit not blood) and I’m feeling really good! His name is Badialy, but more people know him as Boujou. His mother and I call him Boujoubadji.

He left Los Angeles about 3 years ago or so and is living is New York. We don’t talk often, but when we do, it’s almost as if neither one of us wants to hang up the phone.

Badialy was one of my first Kora teachers way back in the day. It is his family that I live with when I am in Senegal. His father Bouba, is one of my elders in the tradition. I’ve kept Bouba up many a night talking and playing Kora until he would finally tell me, it is time to sleep.

The importance of maintaining connections, both spiritual and physical, can not be overemphasized. After sharing some words and music over the phone I’m feeling really refreshed.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this day.

“Dooni dooni kononi be nyaga da.”

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