Music from Burkina Faso – Samsk Le Jah

Today I present you the song “Thomas Sankara – Hommage”, from Samsk Le Jah. You don’t know Sankara, “Africa’s Che Guevara“, a very interesting person who was killed 24 years ago? Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987) was the 5th president of Burkina Faso. He was a Marxist revolutionary, Pan-Africanist theorist, but he had also many really great ideas: his government included large number of women, his policy was oriented toward fighting corruption, reforestation(the green wall of Africa, against the desert), averting famine, and making education and health real priorities.His government was also the first in Africa to claim that AIDS was a major threat. He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers! As President, he lowered his salary to only $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge and a broken freezer. He aslo wrote the national anthem him self. One week before he was killed, he said: “while revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas!“. As a result, he was overthrown and assassinated in a coup d’état led by the French-backed Blaise Compaoré on October 15, 1987. I most like his idea of the green wall, in my opinion one of the best solutions to stop the desert!

R.I.P. Thomas Sankara

sources: wikipedia(I just wanted you to get to know him) and others

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