Alimatou by Franco Luambo Makiadi is about what?
What is the song Alimatou by Franco Luambo Makiadi from ok jazz about?
Franco was told by friends that Alimatou doesn’t leave home. She is waiting for her husband, who has been away for a long time, to come back. He is sending money but he is not physically coming back. This song is Franco’s attempt to persuade her to start going out. He points out reasons for his husband’s nonchalance. He told her that she can wait for someone who is thinking about her. He, Franco, thinks that her husband doesn’t love her.
Bako lingaka moto soki ako kanisaka yo epayi asakanaka.
(You can love someone if he is thinking about you where he goes to have fun.)
Mais na moni alingi yo te oh.
(But I think he doesn’t love you.)
Bimaka. Oko pesa nzoto lisuma, bandeko.
(Begin going out. You will bring bad luck to yourself.)
Ako zonga te oh.
(He will not come back)
Na sima, oko yeba nani alingi moto.
(Later, you will find out who loves who?)
Soki yo; soki ye.
(Either you or him.)