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This Reggae Was Relevant Yesterday, and Today

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by PlanckScale, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. PlanckScale

    PlanckScale JF-Expert Member

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    Radio Africa by Latin Quarter.

    For those who were deep in reggae in the 80's, you may have come across this powerful lyrical song. For the young generation, please sample it. The sound is full, since it was recorded live in a studio (not the digital stuff of today's musicians).

    I remember watching the video with dingi (RIP) 23 years ago, and all he said was "Muntu, Muntu", refereeing to the only diga on the band! But, surprisingly, those lyrics came from a "white guy"!!

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    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
    I'm hearing only sad news (From Radio Africa)

    They've still got trouble with a monster in the South
    Heads buried deep in that lion's mouth
    Like a jaw snapped shut, it keeps them apart
    If that jaw got broke it would be a start

    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
    I'm hearing only sad news (From Radio Africa)

    The West still complains about the foreign aid
    They'd do better to change the terms of the trade
    There's more tanks than food in the Ogaden
    It looks like Moscow got it wrong again

    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
    I'm hearing only sad news (From Radio Africa)

    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
    I'm hearing only sad news

    Mozambique and Mugabe
    Still got Frelimo, I hear them say
    But "Exchange" means, "Recession" means
    It all means "Harder to take"

    Tanzania should be moving up a gear
    Instead they've got to step on the brake


    (I'm hearing only bad news)
    Can't stop a movement that's come this far
    (I'm hearing only bad news)
    But "Lending" means and "Interest" means it's harder to fight

    (I'm hearing only bad news)
    Independence has a hidden expense
    (I'm hearing only bad news)
    When the hands on the purse strings are white

    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
    I'm hearing only bad news (From Radio Africa)
     
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    PlanckScale JF-Expert Member

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    This one is from Mwarubaini (A.K.A UB40).
    They say: "the impact of reggae is not to the records it sells, but to the eyes it opens". You be the judge...

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    The great flood of tears that we've cried
    For our brothers and sisters who've died
    Over four hundred years
    Has washed away our fears
    And strengthened our pride
    Now we turn back the tide

    We will no longer hear your command
    We will sieze the control from your hand
    We will fan the flame
    Of our anger and pain
    And you'll feel the shame
    For what you do in gods name

    We will fight for the right to be free
    We will build our own society
    And we will sing, we will sing
    We will sing our own song

    When the ancient drum rhythms ring
    The voice of our forefathers sings
    Forward Africa run
    Our day of freedom has come
    For me and for you
    Amandla Awethu

    We will fight for the right to be free
    We will build our own society
    And we will sing, we will sing
    We will sing our own song
     
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