“It’s Our Character to Be Ambitious”

Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour wrote this brilliant song Gaiende (The Lion) for his 1989 album of the same name. Its irrepressible driving beat made it a pop song that became an even more popular anthem for Senegal’s national soccer team The Lions. But reading through the lyrics now, it could now also play as a perfect campaign theme for Youssou N’dour. If only he were a legitimate candidate. The election commission in Senegal has told Mr. N’dour that while he submitted more than the 10,000 signatures he needs on his campaign petition to be a candidate, a couple thousand of the people who signed apparently can’t be accounted for.
Here’s a taste of Gaiende. The lyrics are below.

When you hear ‘Mbarawacc’
It’s a praise name for the lion
Ndiaya Gaiende Ndiaye is a king. He has no fear.
He has no doubts. What he wants he takes.
Nobody should puff himself up in front of the lion.
He is the king who knows how strong he is.
To show it, he gives way to no one.
If you don’t believe it, just try and filch his prey.

You are our lions!
Hey, hey, hey, win!
You must!
We want you to win!

We have always been brave people
We have never contemplated defeat
It’s our character to be ambitious
We are famous for our courage
Our bravery is legendary
Our ambition is strong strong strong.

You are our lions!
Hey, hey, hey, win!
You must!
We want you to win!

You have all our hopes with you
Our fighters are brimming with force
They will conquer in all their battles
If you don’t believe it, just try and filch his prey.

You are our lions!
Hey, hey, hey, win!
You must!
We want you to win!

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