Inspired by a visit to the small village of Kpna in the north of the African country, Togo, Canticles places at its heart, the rhythms and melodies from community songs.
Glowing with the light of a thousand,
a thousand galaxies,
Flowing with the strength
of a ceding river,
Embracing and transforming
from season to season,
Loving with no limits.
Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love anew for you as we wake in the morning.
Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my hands be strong when we're working long in the sunlight.
Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my heart be still as we sit alone in the moonlight.
Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my sense be clear as we sleep at night in the forest.
Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love be strong. Let peace come to you in your sleeping.
Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria
Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain
Fat baobabs and shady mango trees
Hippos and lions, elephants and eagles
Busy black ants and hopping fleas
Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae
Sisal plant tips and tall lake reeds
Maasai spears and hunting arrows
Coconut milk and roasted yams
sponges and porridge and golden ripe mangos
Sugar cane sweet and sundered dates
sweet pineapples and bananas