After all that’s happened in Mali over the last two years, sometimes we need a reminder that living there can be about something other than uncertainty, fear and violence. That people who dwell there can be–and for the most part, are–peaceable, joyful individuals who love life. So when I came across this video shot in Bamako, set to Pharrell Williams’ cheery hit “Happy” and inspired by its music video set in L.A., I knew I had to post it here.
Watching “We are HAPPY from Bamako” made my day, and my hat’s off to the folks at Abamako.com for the idea. Isn’t it wonderful to see the side of life in Bamako that has nothing to do with politics, corruption, or Amadou Haya Sanogo?
You’ll have fun picking out your favorite landmarks from Mali’s capital in these scenes. Stay happy, Bamako.
Another version posted after the above:
Some other African city videos in the “Happy” family
Turns out “Happy” videos constitute a global urban meme. Check out, for example:
- “Happy (from Abidjan)”
- “HAPPY We are from Brazzaville”
- “WE ARE HAPPY FROM DAKAR”
- “Happy (We are happy from Lomé)”
- “Happy (We are from Marrakech)”
There are plenty of others, but I haven’t yet found any from Bangui, Conakry, Juba, Luanda or Nouakchott. Residents of those cities, you’re on notice! None from East or Southern Africa that I’ve seen either. (Well, one from Cape Town, filmed entirely in a bistro there by its employees–does that count? Too commercial for my tastes.) Maybe they need to get happier?