Based on a song called Allah L'a Ke, a classic piece from the Gambian kora repertoire.  This song commemorates the settlement of a dispute between Mamadi Kora and his younger brother over the chieftainship of Fuladu. Their father, Fali Kora, died at the turn of the 20th century, in the early colonial days, and the younger brother took possession of the chieftaincy. Fearing retribution from his older brother, the younger had him banished. In an attempt to quiet the resulting civil unrest, the British colonial government had Mamadi, the rightful ruler, installed as king.  Instead of seeking revenge and punishing his brother, Mamadi asked only for an apology from him, saying the following words (which are the first lines of the song:

"God has done it. It was not the work of man.

All things in this world can be delayed

Except for the works of Allah Almighty.”


Recorded on January 27th, 2014 in Chapala Mexico

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