Friday, October 31, 2014

Africa Stop Ebola awareness song....

Raising awareness of the need to go to a doctor as soon as symptoms occur. English translation and info below....

A collective of African musicians have come together to record a song to help raise awareness about Ebola in Africa. The song, entitled “Africa Stop Ebola”, features the singers Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Kandia Kora, Mory Kante, Sia Tolno, Barbara Kanam and rappers Didier Awadi, Marcus (from the band Banlieuz'Arts) and Mokobe, and also includes the musicians Sékou Kouyaté (electric guitar, bass, electric kora) et Ludovic N’Holle (drums).

The song is a message to citizens about what they can do to help stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. The song is performed in French and vernacular languages widely spoken across the region to ensure that the message is understood regardless of the level of literacy and education of the population.

Thanks to Cheick Tidiane Seck for his active participation in this project.

Kandia Kora (Guinea / sings in French)
Africa is full of sadness
To see our families die
Do not touch the sick
Do not touch the bodies
Everyone is in danger
Young and old
We must act for our families

Chorus x 4
Ebola, Ebola
Invisible enemy

Tiken Jah Fakoly (Côte d’Ivoire / sings in French)
Ebola you are our enemy
If you feel sick the doctors will help you
I assure you, the doctors will help you
There is hope to stop Ebola
Have confidence in the doctors

Chorus x 4
Ebola, Ebola
Trust the doctors

Amadou & Mariam (Mali / sing in French)
Ebola is not good
You should see a doctor
Ebola is not good
You should see a doctor
Ebola hurts
You must see a doctor
Ebola is not good
You should see a doctor

Chorus x 4
Ebola, Ebola
Invisible enemy

Salif Keita (Mali / sings in Malinké)
Take Ebola seriously
This is a very serious disease
Once you have symptoms, please seek doctors
They can help you
Wash your hands and avoid shaking hands with others

Sia Tolno (Guinea / sings in Kissi)
Beg you, dear parents,
Follow the advice of medical authorities
Ebola came to hurt us
Respect their advices

Barbara Kanam (DRC / sings in Lingala)
Ebola you came to suffocate our people
You add pain
To the DRC
But we will overcome
Stay up
Sooner or later we will beat you

Mory Kante (Guinée / sings in Malinké and Soussou)
Get up, stand up
Ebola is a problem for us
We cannot greet someone
You cannot kiss someone
It does not mean that person makes you ashamed
It’s just a reality

Oumou Sangaré (Mali / sing in Bambara)
Ebola has become a problem for us today
I ask all the doctors in Africa to stand up
Ebola has really become a problem for us

Chorus x 4
Ebola, Ebola
Have confidence in doctors

Didier Awadi (Sénégal / sings in French)
Again we talk about tragedy
As a false note in the melody
Ebola we thought you were since abolished
You are walking around spreading disease
We will not flee from you we will not hide
Because we know we have the means to push you away
We will strike you, we are not a plague
We will get together and we will beat you

Marcus (Guinée / sings in Soussou)
Among them there are many who have access to hospitals
Those who are cured are no longer contagious
There are some who remain at home until the evil gets bigger
Oh my God
Mama Africa get up and stand united as we used to do before for other battles
Ebola you also shall be defeated

Mokobé (Mali / sings in French)
Another tragedy strikes the continent
Africa needs vaccine, medicine
Hope for them is permitted
Should we close our eyes and let them into oblivion? (not !)
Then unite for a good cause
Mobilize and break the closed doors,
Ebola I swear we will evict you
Africa needs vaccine and treatment

Ebola, Ebola
Invisible enemy
Ebola Ebola .....
Ebola, Ebola
Trust the doctors x2

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Itch FM's Weekly Wind Up; Capone N Noreaga, Saddat X, Idris Elba and more!

Shout out to Eza, Shante and the whole Itch FM massive; they've been putting out a beacon for hip hop for a long time now and these Weekly Wind Ups are a great way to get your hiphop fix. Got inspired to blog up a couple of the items....though I don't think the Connousiours of Hip Hop show has the Chester P feature; keep updated on that one and all the banging shows on their Soundcloud page.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Music from Saigon, Benny Diction & Mnsr Frites and Chima Anya

Had to celebrate Saigon's eagerly anticipated release "The Greatest Story Never Told Part 3" with a video, check the poweful track putting pay to the glamour of a street life that had him behind bars for a long stretch. Then buy the CD or digitally via Spotify or itunes check the album, a revalation for positive lyracism in hiphop these days....

Meanwhile in the relatively more sedate UK, Benny Diction has been getting together with Granville Session's Mnsr Frites (thats Mister Chips to you matey) to celebrate the life of a gourmet with a vibrant video in Bllomsbury Market. An audio tribute to MadLib's "Chitlin & Pepsi", "Rubicon & Pasties" is a gem in it's own right! "Shouts to all the ladies who don't skimp on the portions....." Also watch out for a cameo from Chief Quiche ;)

And finally the homeboy Chima Anya smacks it with a new track as part of a sequential release series you can check by hunting the man down here. In the meantime enjoy! And yes, you can enjoy Lil Wayne and Big Daddy Kane!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Golden Age Goodies

Can't believe I hadn't had the treats of these verses before, powerful video with clips from the Panther film.
Check the Piano lick on this one! The classic gravel voice of the Underground, Nine, hooks up with Smooth Da Hustler over some smooth jazz infused instrumental....