Enfrant d'Afrique

Story Behind The Song

Joanne Griffith suggested the theme to author Delphine Bailly, who wrote the lyrics. Jean-François Garneau composed the music, keeping it cheerful to convey the energy of chidhood and a sense od hope, but adding a chorus that evoques the sadness of war.

Song Description

The song is a poetic evocation of African children who are forced to be soldiers in wars they don't understand. It expresses the hope that children can be left out of adult fights and conflicts resolved peacefully.

Song Length 3:45 Genre World - World Beat, World - African
Tempo Medium Fast (131 - 150) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Welcoming Subject Boys, Men, Girls, Women
Language French Era 2000 and later



Enfant d'Afrique (African child)
enfant qui danse (child who dances)
qui joue à être (child who plays at being)
être soldat (at being a soldier)
Qui saute et chante (who jumps and sings)
sur le bord du fleuve (on the riverside)
tu pointes du doigt la lune de l'?il (with a finger you aim at the moon of the eye)
oh oh oh...
le c?ur dans la mire (your heart in the target)
du fleuve noir (of the black river)

Lyrics Delphine Bailly Music Jean-François Garneau
Producer Joanne Griffith/Jean-François Garneau Publisher YôYê (SODRAC)
Performance Joanne Griffith Label Self-published
This track is on 1 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
Earl SunDance My Top Songs 9/10/2007
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