Maalouma is an internationally known singer and musician from Mauritania. She is also a senator and activist. Her music is unique in that it forges a new sound that combines the traditional stylistic streams of her country – the “black (African) way” and the “white (Arab) way,” with the blues and other contemporary styles. She boldly addresses controversial topics in her lyrics, using song as a means to give voice to victims of injustice. Her music was banned in Mauritania until 2005.
Here’s a track “Eden” from her 1998 album, Desert of Eden. (This is not a worship song, just a excerpt of local music for cultural interest).
How can this lead us in prayer?
Getting a taste of the cultural scene of a country can provoke hope-filled imagination as we pray. We see but a shadow now, but one day we shall see in full.
- Many more young men and women will be awakened to the possibilities of being creative cuture-makers like Maalouma. Most of all, that they will be awakened to the truth of the Good News and delight in the One who delights in them.
- Singers and musicians will be raised up to sing new songs to the Lord. Jesus is worthy to be praised in Hassania Arabic, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof, and all other dialects!
- Wisdom and inspiration for workers as they seek to do works of justice in creative ways, ushering in the Kingdom in tangible ways.