Daily Topic for February 18, 2017

Isaiah 35:10, NIV
...and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Pray that soon the Lord will raise up Mandinka people who will bless the Lord with singing His praise among the Muslim peoples of West Africa. Pray for a contagious everlasting joy to cling to Mandinka believers.

Mandinka (aka, Mandingo) People of Ghana

by KC

When you think of Ghana and other countries in Africa, you think of a place where people love music. In West Africa, a Mandinka man called a jalibaa (jal’ ee baa, or praise singer) accompanies his songs with an interesting instrument called a kora (pronounced CORE-uh). It resembles a mandolin, and its body is made of half of a calabash covered with cowhide fastened on with decorative tacks. Several holes are cut in the side of the instrument. The praise singer has to memorize the genealogy of patron families and sing their praises. He can also deliver a musical message as well as entertain his hearers. The jalibaa art form is diminishing, as fathers are no longer passing on their musical secrets to their sons.
God has endowed people with the ability to enjoy and participate not only in vocal melody and harmony, but also with an ingenuity to create many kinds of musical instruments to meet various kinds of communication needs.
The folk Islamic Mandinka people also enjoy sharing their many proverbs. People usually learn them by hearing them, not by reading them in books. Thoughts and ideas are taught through music, proverbs, and stories.

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Pray that as harvesters go to the Mandinka people, they will find ways to take the good news through appealing music and other culturally-appropriate means.


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