Its only words, and words are all I have
February 22, 2011 12:50 PM Subscribe
Binyavanga Wainaina remembers one night in the Kenyan countryside
as a young man, an excerpt from his soon to be published memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.Then a song comes on that makes me insist that we are leaving.
Sometime in the 1980s, a Kenyan university professor recorded a song that was an enormous hit. It could best be described as a multiplicity of yodels celebrating the Wedding Vow.
Will you take me (spoken, not sung)
To be your law- (yodel) -ful wedded wife
To love, to cherish and to (yodel)
(Then a gradually more hysterical yodel): Yieeeeei-yeeeeei -MEN!
Then just Amens and more yodels.
All these proud warriors, pillars of the community, are at this moment singing in unison with the music, hugging themselves (beer bottles under armpits) and looking sorrowful.