Thursday, 15 December 2016

Genocide survivor-victor

NO PEOPLES who survive genocide are ever “losers”: KongoMongoLuba, BoulanguiMangbetu-AzandeBerg DamaraNamaHereroArmeniansJewsIgbo, Cambodians, TutsiDarfuri...

Someone or a people that survives genocide is at once a survivor and victor, hence that stunning incantation of the triumph of life itself on the morrow of overcoming the slaughter, the dehumanisation, the immiseration: “Happy Survival”!
(Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet, “Sandu” [personnel: Brown, trumpet, Roach, drums; Harold Land, tenor saxophone, Richie Brown, piano, George Morrow, bass; recorded: EmArchy label, New York, US, 23-25 February 1954)
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