Chuck Levy


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Welcome to Banjourneys

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my online music hut.  Take a look around, set a spell, give me a holler.  My Banjourney has led me to all sorts of interesting people an places, from Ohio and Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Mars and back, to The Gambia and Senegal, and home to Gainesville, Florida.  Along the way I have picked a bunch of banjos, a few fiddles, and an akonting or two as well, and some stories to tell.  What about you?

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Belecha/Mariam Sajoe

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These are two songs I learned from Remi Diatta while I was in Lamin, Gambia. Remi doesn't speak English, and I don't speak Jola, so Daniel Jatta translated. However, Daniel's Dialect is a little different than Remi's so there may have been some slippage. This is what Daniel translated from Remi: Belecha is a beuatiful girl who is asked by her boyfriend to kneel down in front of him in public so that the community will know that she is in love with him so that nobody else can take her from him. Miriam Sajoe is a beautiful woman who disappointed a suitor by keeping company with another man. In the songthe jilted suitor is saying "My beautiful girl named Mariam Sajoe left me but I won't blame her. I wil ljust have to accept that it is the will of God.