The book was released in 2004 in Danish, English and French along with the music related to the stories. Moussa started touring instantly after the release, and today the project still is in great demand.
Read below the preface from the book.:
"..some of my happiest childhood memories are from holidays spent with my grandparents in the village of Koulikoro – especially the evenings of storytelling.
There was no electric light in the village when I was growing up, only oil lamps. But the moon and the stars lit our way when, after supper, we would make our way to one of our grandparents for a storytelling session. A fire would already be burning when we arrived, and we had been taught to greet all the adults present very respectfully.
“Once upon a time…” the story always began, and with those words, magic was already in the air. Several hours later, when some of the boys couldn't stop themselves yawning with tiredness, grandma would finish the story saying, “And now I´ll put this story back where it belongs.”
That is the tradition in Mali, for as the wise old people say, a story does not belong to the teller, it is just on loan, and like everything else borrowed it must always be returned to its rightful place. My father had inherited my grandma's gift of storytelling and right up to his death he would delight in telling me some of the stories from his childhood.
Now I want to tell you some of the stories from Mali and therefore I have written the book 'Once Upon A Time ...' and recorded a CD with songs belonging to the stories. I´ll be very happy if it inspires you to begin storytelling yourself. Hope you will enjoy them... - Moussa "
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