De Sousa was a protest poet, writing in defense of Africa against colonialism. Her poems celebrated Mozambican culture and history
The poem is not all about knowing a particular person; it is about knowing the soul of Africa. And to understand the soul of Africa, one must first understand the African better.
If you want to understand mecome, bend over this soul of Africain the black dock-worker's groansthe Chope's frenzied dancesthe Changanas' rebellionin the strange sadness which flowsfrom an African song, through the night