Takeifa - Kids African Party
Takeifa is a family band from the town of Kaolack in southern Senegal. It is made up of four brothers and a sister. As a young boy, one of the members asked for a guitar from his parents and was given one with no strings…so he made his own with bicycle brake cables. The moral of this story is that you don’t need a fancy instrument to make music. If you really want to do something, you just have to be creative and come up with a way to make it happen.
The song “Penthiou” is a tribute to the band members’ grandparents. In Africa, grandparents are deeply respected for their wisdom and experience. They sing, “Grandparents show us the way / My grandparents told me you shouldn’t use bad language / If you have self-confidence, you don’t need it / Our grandparents taught us that money does not make you a better person.”