During my vacation, I participated in a tree planting at the elementary school of my friend’s home village of Kokologo. This is a clip of a fairly boiler plate thank you speech in Moore of thanks for work and benedictions of work to come. (Soundcloud)
The time that my neighborhood starts waking up depends on the season and the type of work that the day has in store. This clip was taken at 6AM in May and recorded in my courtyard. (Soundcloud)
This is a recording I took earlier this year of women singing while tamping a porch. (Soundcloud) Generally, they’re smacking the ground with the tampers to even and pack the mud floor while someone comes by regularly to sprinkle water in the work area. They let me try it out, but I wasn’t very good at packing it evenly. Women are generally charged with the upkeep and repair of courtyards while men are charged with their construction.