1. The first time I heard her sing, it was in an unknown language that eluded my being but I had learned not to be afraid of my ignorance anymore.
  2. She called the song ‘Timbuktu Fasso’.
  3. I like to think that it is a song about loss and longing.
  4. Her name is Fatoumata Diawara.
  5. I close my eyes and let this song flow through me, I let it understand me.
  6. I did not try to understand it. Grief does not have a mother tongue.
  7. There are many reasons to offer a body back to God, this is not one of them.
  8. I had finally met salvation and it was not a dying man on a cross.
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