Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Moïse Mbiye – Bilaka Ya Bomwana


Moïse Mbiye’s “Bilaka Ya Bomwana” (French for “The Cry of the Child”) transcends the boundaries of a typical song, transforming into a powerful and poignant plea for compassion and action towards the suffering of children. Through Mbiye’s emotive vocals, a dynamic soundscape, and lyrics overflowing with empathy and urgency, the song becomes a heart-wrenching call to action, urging listeners to acknowledge the plight of vulnerable children and fight for a brighter future.

The song opens with a mournful melody and Mbiye’s voice, carrying the weight of the world as he sings, “Bilaka ya bomwana ezali” (Lingala for “The cry of the child exists”). These opening lines set the stage for a song that confronts the harsh reality of child suffering, refusing to turn a blind eye to the injustices faced by the most vulnerable members of society. The music mirrors this sentiment, with sparse instrumentation and a melancholic tone, creating a sense of urgency and prompting the listener to pay attention.

As the song progresses, the lyrics delve deeper into the specific experiences of these children. Lines like “Mingi bazali na ndenge te” (Lingala for “Many are not well”) and “Bazali na mpasi mingi” (Lingala for “They face many difficulties”) paint a vivid picture of the hardships endured by countless children, from poverty and hunger to war and abuse. The music intensifies slightly, incorporating elements of dissonance to reflect the gravity of the situation and evoke a sense of unease.


Moïse Mbiye – Bilaka Ya Bomwana Lyrics

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