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Thread #20724   Message #567387
Posted By: GUEST,Gloriafs
08-Oct-01 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: King of Names
Subject: Man Goin Roun
Thanks for semding me your lyrics on "Man Goin Roun." This song talks about the fact that African slaves were given English names by their owners and not permitted to be addressed by their African names. In Africa, one's name identifies one's village, tribe and clan. The clan one is born into determines many things in one's life. For example: whom you may marry (clan A marries clan C, Clan B marries Clan D) with whom you may hunt So when an African lost his name, in effect, he was losing his identity. Gloria