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African Lullaby Giveaway Has Ended with A Winner!


The African Lullaby Giveaway has ended with a Winner!***If You Won, please email me at themoxiebee1@gmail.com ! Thank you!***

The winner is of the giveaway now being verified by Amazon.com and will be sent the African Lullaby CD shortly.  The identity of the winner will not be revealed to me due to Amazon’s privacy policies.

That said–if YOU are the winner, please reach out and let me know, or let me know how you like the CD once it arrives.

I appreciate all of my supporters so much.  However, I have to share with you that although 30 readers entered the giveaway, only a handful actually followed through by 1) following me on Twitter 2) Liking the Giveaway Blog post and leaving a comment and 3) subscribing to the blog to get updates and new posts.

Actually, NOBODY left a comment on the blog.

Not one of you rascals!  Really?


Well, live and learn.  I will be using a different entry/award process for my NEXT giveaway.

Yes, there will be others.   Especially closer to the holidays.  Please do subscribe to The Moxie Bee by entering your email address in the form on the upper right hand sidebar. (Note:  I do NOT spam or sell address lists.)

I appreciate all who participated and I leave you with my son Ibrahim’s favorite lullaby, when he was small, “Diyore” by Abou Sylla,

The song is special to Ibrahim, and in some ways to me, for a few reasons.  Sylla is one of his father’s family names. His father, Mamadouba Sylla was related to Guinean ruler Sekou Toure; when Toure was deposed his friends and family started turning up dead.  The Sylla family quickly and quietly moved to Senegal and took on the Diolla name of Badji, which actually has its roots in India.  (I’m saving that story for another day.)

Also, Mouminatou Camara, family friend of the Badji/Syllas and renowned  Guinean dancer/drummer/singer/teacher, sings the background vocals for Abou Sylla on the African Lullabye CD .


I’ve met her a few times at classes and performances; I can testify she is a swirling force of nature and talent.

Ibrahim’s father, Assane,  a drummer/dancer/fire-eater/dance teacher from Kindia near Conakry, Guinea, taught me a different version of this song, the one Ibrahim’s grandmere Fatou Sylla sang to Assane as a boy.

He could only remember part of it, so we sang the first part to Ibrahim twice and then repeated the last line.  When he didn’t want to hear the CD, he wanted his father’s version, which went something like:

Bo Bo Bo, Bo Bo, Casalaba. Nan de mafulay.

Kin da sa buray. 

Bo Bo Bo, Bo Bo, Casalaba. Nan de mafulay.

Kin da sa buray. 




Back then, when Ibrahim was an infant, I asked Assane what it meant; he explained that basically it’s saying Don’t cry little child, your mother had to go to work, but your aunt will make you something nice to eat when you wake up. So go to sleep.

A few years after, when Assane and I separated and later divorced, I didn’t want to sing his version because it made me feel sad, not for me, but for my son.  Yet,  Ibrahim was insistent; he wanted his song.

So, I sang it. We sang it together, and soon it stopped feeling sad.  It became our song then; it still is.  And, I’m still trying to find a full translation.

Any SuSu speakers in the house?






African Lullaby Giveaway with The Moxie Bee and Amazon.com

African Lullaby Giveaway with The Moxie Bee and Amazon.com



Welcome to my first giveaway since re-starting The Moxie Bee. I’ve partnered with Amazon.com to giveaway one copy of a great CD: African Lullaby from Ellipsis Arts.  This was my favorite CD when Ibrahim was a baby and toddler.  Our favorite song was Diyore by Abou Sylla.  I learned the lyrics and he had to have me sing it every night, along with his other favorite lullabies, Bayou Baby Bunting and Rockabye Baby, with each song flowing into the next, til he was about five years old.


Editorial Reviews


As with other Ellipsis Arts releases, African Lullaby is more than a stellar music collection. Its delightful liner notes provide ample context for these “love songs for children” and the collection’s innovative earth-friendly packaging is a work of art unto itself.  Standing head and shoulders above others in its class, African Lullaby is testimony to the awesome power of music. –Paige La Grone


“Oh my child, you are growing up so quickly; you are my tender and beautiful baby…” You don’t need the printed translations of these loving African-language lullabies. Sung by such top traditional and Afropop artists as velvet-voiced Ladysmith Black Mambaza and the breathtaking Mor Dior Bamba, every song embraces and soothes. A 1999 Parents’ Choice® Gold Award Winner. (Lynne Heffley, Parents’ Choice®) — From Parents’ Choice®




Track Listings

1. Thula Mtwana – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2. Omo – Kemi Akanni
3. Kounandi Deni – Abdoulaye Diabate
4. Mayo Mpapa – Muriel Mwamba
5. Nyandolo – Ayub Ogada
6. Ayo Nene Touti – Mor Dior Bamba
7. Thula Thula – Ntomb’khona Dlamini
8. Webake – Samite
9. Oluronbi – Floxy Bee, The Hikosso Queen
10. Diriyo Nakana – Sadio Kouyate
11. Diyore – Abou Sylla
12. Sigalagala – Anindo
13. Tesegu – Danone O’Sow
14. Chitsidzo – Stella Rambisai Chiweshe
Product Details

·        Audio CD (June 22, 1999)

·        Original Release Date: June 22, 1999

·        Number of Discs: 1



Enter for a chance to win! All you need to do is:

  1. Click on the link and follow me on Twitter (@MoxieB) https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/8e990bdf0194c96e
  2. Return to my site and a) Like this post and b) leave a comment c) subscribe to the blog for updates.

That’s it!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Giveaway ends the earlier of 11/01/15 11:59 PM, or when the prize is claimed.  The official rules for Amazon Giveaway can be found at http://amzn.to/GArules

Good luck!

~Maura Alia Badji