The Sounds of Aku Wuwu

Last week’s blog began a discussion on the Yi language, but this week I think you should hear it.

The link takes you to hear Aku Wuwu read the poem “Calling Back the Soul of Zhyge Alu” in the Nuosu (Northern) dialect (translated by Mark Bender of OSU). Aku Wuwu is wearing a traditional wool cape worn by the Yi people in Sichuan.

The poem, when read by Aku Wuwu in the Yi dialect, is so passionate, and although I do not understand the words, I can sense the emotion from the sound. It would be hard to interpret this poem as a poem of wonder or that it has a sense of peace. Rather, it is a poem of longing and passion.