The beautiful words of the anthem below were composed by the Griots of the Wassoulou empire (or Mandinka empire) which went from 1852 to 1898, to the glory of the then Fama (King), the Almamy Samori Touré. The words are quite deep and celebrate courage, vigor, and righteousness. Enjoy! In recent times, this anthem was sung by the Bembeya Jazz National.
“If you cannot organize, lead, and defend the country of your fathers, call upon the most valiant men;
If you cannot say the truth, at all times and all places, call on the most courageous men ;
If you cannot be impartial, give the throne to righteous men;
If you cannot protect the iron to face the enemy, give your sword of war to women who would point you to the path of honor;
If you cannot courageously express your thoughts, give the floor to the griots talk.
Oh Fama ! The people trust you, it trusts you because you embody its virtues.”
From the journal l’Autre Afrique N° 01, juillet 2001, new version. Translated to English by Dr. Y., Afrolegends.com