He and his two older brothers, Massyla and Youssoupha were raised by their mother. His father, disappeared two months before Diop was born. During this time, he became fascinated with the poems and style of writing of Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe and several others which influenced him into writing his own. In the late s, he served as a nurse in a military hospital and later went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Toulouse in France, and graduated in Diop was a professional veterinary surgeon, although he was mostly recognized for his poems and folktales. It was during his civil service career in that he collected and reworked most of Wolof folktales, and also wrote poetry, memoirs, and a play.

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Pancocojams showcases the music, dances, language practices, and customs of African Americans and of other people of Black descent throughout the world. Information about Birago Diop is also included in this post. In addition, accapella performances of the song "Breaths" by Sweet Honey And The Rock and by two other accapella groups are also featured in this post.

The content of this post is presented for religious and aesthetic reasons. All copyrights remain with their owners. Thanks to Birago Diop for composing this poem and thanks to Ysaye Maria Barnwell for composing the music for this song. Thanks also to all the featured vocal groups for their performances of this song, to all those quoted in this post, and to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

Birago Diop died on November 29, in Dakar at the age of His legacy includes the titles of novelist, diplomat, a founder of the Negritude movement and veterinarian. Even now, decades after his death, his stories and poems still remain - sharing his dreams and ideals, whispering the great tales of the African values and culture, never to be forgotten.


Birago Diop

His mother raised him with his two older brothers, Massyla and Youssoupha; his father, for unknown reasons, disappeared two months before Diop was born. During this time, he became fascinated with the poems and style of writing of Victor Hugo , Charles Baudelaire , Edgar Allan Poe and several others and began writing his own. He also served as the first Senegalese ambassador to Tunisia from to These served as the main inspiration for much of his literary work. Indeed, most of his poems and tales have their roots in oral African traditions. Generally recited to a group at night by a professional storyteller, called a griot , folktales were repeated in different places by the people who heard them.




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