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SONG TRANSLATION – This Is The Life – Skobo, Ananda, & Washamba Wenza

This is the Life (translation)

Translation provided by Smallz

also, check out the Skobo Fugee Collection, for more of Skobo’s music.

 

Vas 1, Smallz Mshamba Mwenza:

Sheng:

Me hukuona natoka Soo ndio mwaa nikukiss baby/pia nataka kukuona daily, iko on air kile umeseti / sikuskizi kama uko shady

Nikistand out weh umeketi / nikiblak out weh ni mlevi, ju unaown 16bars ..wanahop kukill verse instead ya kukip it live kwa chapter, na ukihook food 4 thought hii jeshi inaimanga vifaster

Always nikinyesha weh unameza hii flow, me ni smallz weh ndio HIPHOP, unafaa makofi ya Kilo, juu nimeshiba weh ndio mwiko sa nameditate thru hii product ya kiko..

Vile weh ni m’fat Jo na techniques za Puerto Rico, umefanyianga the people, wengine off stereo, hawa majaba chai, wanasmile na mimi ju imewadia ile time, switnes in its prime, addicted ka ghetto crime..

Umenifunza kutema maswala, kujiexpress vile mawaza, kubaki REAL kwa LEAGUE, Kikazi kutenga mafala

Pia nastick hapa nitek teachngs ka Lession, wameinsist kuwaplease kutek teachings kwa Lesso, hawakugusi leo ju unasound mKesho, the Future,the promises, the proccess of being, MUSIC itself. kama ni Hiphop niko safe, hizi zingine siskizi, speakers gon dizzy..the more unaget closer hapa the more naget feelings..

English:

-[in refferance to HIPHOP,] evrytime i hear a hiphop sound, its time to rush n embrace it,.whatever it has to offer is on air, i aint gon listen if it’s shady,

– sum artists just want to ‘kill’ it in a verse instead of teaching, entertain..keep it live in that chapter..n also Hiphop is never lame,it got ’16 bars’evrytime even when am high..

HIPHOP does evrythng, i only meditate on what it brings onto the table..n i meditate on this product of the pipe..when i spit, Hiphop swallows my words thru the instrumental.

HIPHOP gives a FAT beat, comparing it to Fat Joe of Latino bakground.. Other artists go off it at times tho..the beat kills the artists’ works if they dont DELIVER.. Its now my time, switnes in its prime..  Hiphop got me addicted lyk GHETTO CRIME.

It gave me a perfect way of how to express my thoughts n feelings.. Now am able to remain, stay top and REAL,just like Real Madrid on their League ..and with my works, not to work with fools.

 

I promise to stick to Hiphop 4ever.. to take teachngs like in a class lession..other artists choose to take teachings from a ‘leso’, [swahili word for the clothng women wear with teachngs written at the bottom of it.]. So if its HIPHOP Then am safe, aint gving it up 4 other genres ..stickn to it’s promises for the future..

 

Translation provided by Judge BlackDuo and Lness

 

English:

vas 2 – Flamez Mshamba Mwenza –

…..what i feel i will write wether is wrong or wright though not a sent i will cast the first rym on the mic. First flow no track cash flow no works less more chase more i acknowledge its a fact. I am giving you knowledge in dozes u can call me a doctor. I AM FEEDING MASSES with vases u can call me a padry. If there is a bad situation to be broke is a sin without a job its very dangerous. hastling is not fare. Stil camping with the boyz like the brazilian coach and this mascles are ready to full fil my jorney. my talent is a free gift thats why i dont pay douwary ..If its earning u are giving then you are dresing and feeding nations. I am not doing music coz of fame its the love in every instru ..after math is a birth worht words coz this vas has mo teaching than you can find in school MWEMBEEMBE sound like empty debez so lets make noise as we bowll is the focus

 

vas..3 [Skobo]

…the wispers of wind this are the voices in my mind guardian angle is with me i mean selasi nasi. it Genessis book of the bible and kuran words still runing teach one bless one is to earn..in the hood is acardemy where we learn. how to go through love is a must like a fog[blunt]. I am day dreaming at night sleep walking listen i street talk the word. Remember the streets is where sir Jah lives early bird on the sun remember God when thingz are sah and it will be ok. This is the extra muzikah focus in Afrikah. Pleasure dont mix with biz bro u cant manage to fix this is the son of man on the crussifix THUNDER all over suden there was dark SCOBO FACE NEVER FADEZ U KNOW

 

Translation provided by Mohjay:

Flamez vas:

Kile nafeel na write, whether ni wrong or write, though not a saint, I’ll curse [cast?] the first rhymes kwa m.i.c., fast slow, no track, cash flow, no works, works, less more, chase more, naku-acknowledge in fact, nawapa knowledge in doses, unaeza niita dokte, nalisha mases verses uneza thani ni padri, ka kuna hali ya hatari kukosa mali ni dhambi, kukosa kazi ni hatari juu hustle si halali, nimedunga kambi na wachezaji ka ule coach wa brazil, na hizi muscles huwa tayari, tena ready ku-influence safari, kipaji ni free tayari na hatufiki bei ya mahari, ka ni riziki unanipa unanilisha unanivisha, sifanyi mziki juu ya sifa uwa ni mapenzi kwa kila instru, aftermath uwanga birth otherwise juu verse, imehold more teaching uwezi pata shuleni, mbwembe mbwembe empty debe, uwa ni kelele kwa wingi vigelegele, sherehe ndio twa focus aiisee

 

What I feel I write, whether it’s wrong or right, though not a saint, I’ll curse [cast?] the first rhymes on the mic, fast slow, no track, cash flow, no works, less more, chase more, I acknowledge in fact, I give knowledge in doses, you can call me a doctor, I feed the masses verses you might think it’s a priest, if there is a dangerous situation then if I don’t have wealth it’s a sin, lacking a job is dangerous because hustling is illegal, I’m in the camp with the players like the coach of Brazil, and this muscles are always ready, and they are ready to influence the journey, talent is free and I can’t even pay the dowry, if it’s my right then remember you are not the one who gives me my earning and you don’t feed me nor clothe me, am not doing music because of fame, it’s always love in every instrument, aftermath it’s always birth otherwise because the verse, has held more teachings you can’t find in school, talking, talking empty shit, is always a lot of noise like applause, celebrating is what we focus, I say

 

Skobo vas:

Mawhispers za wind, hizi ndio voices kwa mind, Guardian angel yuko name, I mean, sela Selassie ni Genesis, somo la Bible na Quran word, kwa mouth inazidi run, teach one, bless one, ndio earn, mtaani academy, tunazidi learn, jinsi ya kuishi, upendo lazima ka moshi, na-daydream, usiku na-sleepwalk, listen niki-street talk neno, kumbuka, izi mitaa ndio sir Jah ukaa, early bird kwa saa ndio sasa, kumbuka, Rabuka, kukipambazuka, mambo itakua mzuka, hii ni extra musika, makinika kiafrica, pleasure usimix na biz bro, huwes mek kunifix mwana adam kwa crucifix, blunder, thunder, mara giza jinx, skobo paints, never failes [fades?] you know,

 

Whispers of the wind, those are the voices of the mind, the guardian angel is with me, I mean, sela Selassie is the Genesis, reading of the Bible and the Quran word, in my mouth it continues to run, teach one, bless one, then earn, the streets academy, we continue to learn, in ways we live, love is a must like the smoke, I day dream, tonight, I sleepwalk, I listen as I street talk the word, remember this streets is where sir Jah lives, the time of the early bird is now, remember God when the sun rises, African pleasure, don’t mix with business, bro, you can’t make it to fix me, the son of Adam, to crucify, blunder, thunder, or even darkness, skobo paints, never fails [fades?], you know

 

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EDUCATION – Warriors One Love Community Centre (interview)

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Warriors One Love Community Centre is an educational and community space located near Arusha, Tanzania, that provides courses for free. The Centre was founded with the intention of supporting orphans and destitute children by Lwanda Magere, frontsinger of the Warriors from the East reggae band in 2010. Currently, the Centre is led by Samuel Chege Ngari (his interview). The following is an interview with Lisa Lombardo, who does public relations and donations work with the Centre. For more info, check out http://www.onelovecentre.wordpress.com

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1. Share a story involving Warriors One Love Community Centre.

I personally as a German did not spend that much time in the centre directly. I just got in contact with it when I was volunteering in a hospital close to Moshi and made friends with the nowadays leader Blackgzas Dadi. However, my times there always have been short, I can share that the centre to me was and is kind of a second home. During my one year in Tanzania I was in need of help and became very lonely while being so far away from my German home, family and friends. That was when the centre gave me a new home, friends and nearly something like a family – Thanks for that!

2. What is Warriors Community Centre? How did it start?

In 2010, Lwanda Magere, frontsinger of the Warriors from the East reggae band, founded a centre for orphans and destitute children in Arushas suburb Kimandolo in the north of Tanzania. The Warriors One Love Community Centre represents a place where children and young people have space to meet, to practice sports or to get tutoring, with the aim of giving them assistance to be independent and educated people who are in charge of their own lives and able to return something to the society later on.

In 2012, Blackgzas Dadi became the head of the project and now leads a team that has taken on this task and is committed deeply in it. It is a mixture of talented and dedicated artists and volunteer teachers and tutors, that all have been working with children for years. Many of the members of the centre were brought up as orphans or street children and want to help children in similar situations now. Also former volunteers from abroad, like me as a German who worked in Moshi for one year, and international supporters are part of the project to form a melting pot of cultures, talents and impressions in order to ensure learning on many levels, as it gives a stimulating environment and a variety of inspiring teachers. Thus the children become part of something to be proud of and discover their personal talents. School fees have not to be raised.

Right now about 60 children and teenagers receive the program, which provides them games, sports, computer classes and an afternoon program with tutoring. Of course the centre is an English medium school to improve the language skills. The program allows the children a lot of freedom, so that they can discover their strengths and talents and learn to take responsibility for their education and their future.

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3. Where are you guys located? What is it like for people growing up in your communit(ies)? What kinds of struggles do young people face?

Me myself I was born and raised in Cologne in the west of Germany. Cologne is a very big city, where you can meet many different people and have a lot of different cultural offers. That’s where I moved back to now. I grew up in a small family with my younger sister and finished secondary school two years ago, so that I am now able to study medicine. I am very thankful for all the chances I have got in my life, because even in a country like Germany there are people suffering. We have big problems in our education system, which means that the government is not able to offer the same proper education to everyone and many young people have problems to find jobs that are well paid so that they could found a family. That’s the hardest task for many young Germans, I think. So like I said I am very thankful for my family and the education I got.

However, the centre itself is located close to Arusha in the north of Tanzania and the struggles young people are facing are similar to the German ones: A bad education system and insecure and low paid jobs. That’s where we want to become active and educated the youth of our community properly.


4. What is “community”?

To me community is the connection of different people around one place. This place can be bigger or smaller, starting in a house and family, growing to a town or city or being a whole country or continent. The aim of community to me is sharing. Not only material things like food, cloths or water but even time, knowledge and love. The important thing of a community is that everyone is part of it – if he likes to be or not – the young and free as well as the old and wise. That’s how sharing works, cause everyone, doesn’t matter what he does, knows or earns, has something to give and to teach.


5. Does the centre have a “philosophy of education”?

To me the centre’s philosophy first of all is that education should be offered to everyone. It should not depend on age, family background , religion or money. That’s why our program is for free. The other thing is, that education for us not only means maths, history or English, but also different types of art and practical skills. We want to offer a place where young people can discover themselves, their talents and strengths and where they can learn how to be part of the community and give something back to it. That’s education for us and the philosophy leading the centre.

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6. Talk about the project of integrating Tanzania/Germany and other countries as part of an international education.

The plan is to have volunteers from abroad – Germany and other countries – and later to go on with exchange programs for students and teachers. During my own time being a volunteer in a Tanzanian hospital I came to discover that the “view abroad” and the changing of perspective is necessary to open your mind to the world and find yourself in it. Furthermore in our world and time it’s important to understand each other and to get closer without to mind about country borders. That’s necessary for reaching a decent and honest society and world. And I hope to be able to offer this mind opening and interconnecting exchange to our students and teachers soon.


7. What kind of services does the centre provide? How can people join Warriors Community Centre and benefit from the services it provides? Are the services provided reserved for a certain age group?

At the moment we have a tutoring English program for young children and for the older ones an English and Computer course as an extra training after they have finished school. We are about to build more practical courses thou: We will have courses for Carpentry, Tailoring and Art workshop, because we want our students to first express themselves and second earning practical skills for making it easier to find a job. Even nowadays all the students that finish the computer and English courses found jobs in town soon, which we are very proud of. Other steps will be an Internet Café and a vegetable garden and snack service. Even there the students will earn skills which they can make use of for the rest of their lives. At the same time all our workshops can be used by community members to ensure their income and vegetables will be given to families in need. Of course, as the centre was founded and is leaded by musicians music plays a role in everything to and we hope to be able to offer a practical music class soon.


8. As there are no school fees, what kinds of creative ways are you guys fundraising to keep the work of the Community Centre going?

We hope to open the internet café and snack service soon so that the centre sustains itself. Otherwise even the Warriors from the East band is supporting the centre, when they are earning with CD selling or concerts as well as German donations. Me myself I am organizing a charity concert in Germany and am still searching for regular supporters.

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9. How does Warriors Community Centre provide education? What are the facilities and resources you guys have?

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At the moment we are still depending on donations. We got a few laptops and a desktop computer and were able to build a computer classroom and outdoor classroom as well. Our teachers are volunteering in teaching, which means they are working for free, which we would like to change soon, so that it’s easier for our teachers to stay with us and to build up their own lives and families.

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10. How long does it take for a student to complete an English or Computer course at the centre?

At the beginning the English and Computer courses were about one year, however, in the previous years we had to face the challenge that many students had to leave the centre before graduating. We found out that this happened due to the fact that one year is too long for being involved in additional courses only and the students were forced to move out. For making it easier for the students to finish our program we would like to intensify and at the same time shorten the English and computer courses down to six months.

11. The centre offers English and Computer courses. Does the centre help provide young people with employment? What kind of employment do graduates find after completing their courses?

We have been very successful in helping our graduates to find an employment. Most of them are able to work in Internet cafés in town through which they can take care of themselves.

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12. How do you see sports and the vegetable garden fitting in with the overall project of the Warriors One Love Community Centre?

We see the human as a whole thing. It’s not only body OR mind, it’s always body AND mind, and we believe that only a mind in a healthy body is able to learn. That’s why we want our students to know about how to treat themselves through the right use of food, herbs and plants and how to increase their strength through sports. The other goal of the garden is, that the students learn how to provide food for themselves and their families.


13. What is the role of music at the centre? What kind of arts training is available?

At the moment we are planning to have a practical music class, because we believe in music being a way of expressing yourself and influencing your environment. Furthermore we will have an Art, Craft and Jewelry workshop, Tailor workshop, Wood and Metal Workshop always on the one hand for our students to express themselves and to build up their creativity and on the other hand for getting practical skills for being employed easier.


14. How can people assist Warriors Community Centre in providing services? (How can people work/volunteer at the centre?)

We are looking for motivated volunteers from just everywhere who have finished any education which they want to share with our teachers and students. Mostly English teachers, ICT teachers or trainers for our workshops are needed.

Contact information

Projektleiter – Head of project: Samuel Ngari Chege

blackgzas@gmail.com

+255 764 603664

Spendengelder und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit – Donation and public relations: Lisa Lombardo

lombardo.lisa@web.de

+49 2302 1719897
+49 173 4670117

Administration: D. Tamino Böhm

tamino.boehm@gmail.com

+49 157 37256504
+255 759 840781

15. How does the centre aim to motivate in young people?

Through arts and sports and the contact to many different role models we are trying to open our students minds. We want them to understand that they are in charge and responsible for their own lives and that they can build any future they want to have if they are just working and believing hardly. When young people understand this, what they mostly do, the best motivation is growing.


16. What does hip hop mean at Warriors One Love Community Centre, Why get involved in Hip Hop?

Hip Hop or music in general is first of all involved through our teachers and the surrounding of the centre: There are artist living, teaching and practicing everywhere so that the students are influenced by that and they come to discover music as a way of expressing themselves. Otherwise we are planning a practical music class that offers a space to the creativity and personal initiative of the youths, cause it’s in our believe that Hip Hop and other music is able to express feelings and thoughts of a human being and to influence the whole society around the artist and we want our students to become in charge of new influences.


17. Does the centre have access to public space(s) for events?

There is a small place for events in the centre itself and many contacts to different people in town through which events could be planned.


18. Does Warriors One Love Community Centre provide health education and/or health services? Does the centre advise or otherwise support members of the local community in regards to seeking medical care? (Does the centre have any health organization partnerships?) How are health services accessible to members of the community?

Unfortunately at the moment the centre is not able to directly take care of health problems, but as I am becoming a doctor it is one of our future plans. Otherwise like I said before we try to show a healthy way of life through the vegetable garden and food to our students.

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19. What kind of opportunities are available for women at Warriors Community Centre?

Women are as welcome as men in our centre – as students as well as teachers. Like I said before: The philosophy of the centre is that humans should be raised in equality, so there is even no difference for us between women and men.

20. How have women contributed to Warriors Community Centre?

Half of the teachers I came to know in the centre have been women – and new ones are always welcome!

21. Does the centre engage with the Government of Tanzania in any way? If so, how?

Right now the centre is not engaged with the government and even in future our freedom is important to us. That’s why we want to become a NGO (non-governmental organization) and not a governmental program.

22. How can people learn more about your organization and projects you are involved in? Talk about any organizations the centre supports or is partnered with.

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The easiest way of getting in contact with us or information about us is our blog and homepage www.onelovecentre.wordpress.com . That’s where you get any news. We are working on founding a German partner organization, but also this one will be represented on our blog.

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23. How can people support Warriors One Love Community Centre (please include contact info.)

We are looking for volunteers and sponsors who ensure the rent for the house and help us with renovations. Also we are looking for donations such as computers and material. Any ideas and interests can be shared and we can be contacted (in English, Swahili, German or Spanish) through onelove-centre@web.de

Contact information

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Thanks a lot and stay blessed.

SONG TRANSLATION : NIPENI KURA ZENU!!! – Pewa Abagenge

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Pewa Abagenge is a “new skool” genge artist based in Nairobi. You can find his music on soundcloud, reverbnation and youtube.

Translation provided by Jaymo Kusini from Audio Kusini Studio in Kahawa (Nairobi, Kenya).

[EDIT 10 Dec. 2013: The original music video appears to have been removed. you can still listen to the song here]:

NIPENI KURA ZENU – Pewa Abagenge (Audio Kusini)

CHORUS

NIPENIKURA ZENU…:TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME UA VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…;TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…TUMEKATAA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

WANA SIASA BURE TUMEKATAA….
(WE DON’T WANT ROGUE POLITICIANS

VERSE 1

MARA INGINE TENA NIMEKUJA KUOMBA KURA
(ITS YET ANOTHER TIME AVE COME TO ASK FOR YOUR VOTES)

NASKIA MNAKUFA NJAA MI NTAWAPATIA CHAKULA
(I HEAR YOU ARE DYING OF HUNGER AL BRING U FOOD)

NIPATIENI KURA MI NTAWAPATIA UNGA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES AL GIVE U FLOUR)

I.D.P MSIJALI NTAWAJENGEA NYUMBA
(I. D. P’S DON’T WORRY AL BUILD U HOUSES)

NTAWAPATIA PESA KILA KITU PIA SHAMBA
(I’LL GIVE U MONEY EVERYTHING INCLUDING SHAMBA’S)

BARABARA MBAYA ZOTE JOO MI NTAJENGA
(I’LL BUILD ALL IMPASSABLE ROADS)

NTAFUNIKA MASHIMO LAMI PIA NTAWEKA
(I’LL FILL ALL THE POT HOLES, AND TAMACK THE ROADS)

MASOMO YATAKUWA BURE HAMTA LIPA HATA SHILINGI
(THERE WILL BE FREE EDUCATOIN YOU WONT PAY A CENT)

CHUO KIKUU HIGH SCHOOL PIA SHULE YA MSINGI
(UNIVERSITIES HIGH SCHOOL AND ALSO PRIMARY SCHOOL)

NIPATIENI KURA MI NTALETA HAPA MAJI
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES I’LL BRING YOU WATER )

MTAKUNYWA YA DASANI MTA OGA YA MFEREJI
(U WILL DRINK BOTTLED WATER AND SHOWER WITH TAP WATER)

AHH VIJANA YA MAJI
(AHH BOYS I GIVE YOU SOMETHING FOR LIQUOR)

ILIKUWA UWONGO ILE STORY YA MADAWA
(IT WAS I LIE ABOUT THE DRUGS STORY)

LAKINI HOSPITALINI HAPA MI NTALETA MADAWA
(BUT I’LL SUPPLY DRUGS TO HOSPITALS)

NIPATIENI KURA SI MNA JUA SI NI KABILA MOJA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES BECAUSE WE ARE FROM ONE TRIBE)

HIZO KURA ZENU MI NAZINGOJA…
(AM WAITING FOR YOUR VOTES)


CHORUS

NIPENIKURA ZENU…:TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME UA VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…;TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…TUMEKATAA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

WANA SIASA BURE TUMEKATAA….
(WE DON’T WANT ROGUE POLITICIANS)

NIPENIKURA ZENU…:TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME UA VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…;TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…TUMEKATAA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

WANA SIASA BURE TUMEKATAA….
(WE DON’T WANT ROGUE POLITICIANS)

VERSE 2

SIWEZI KUPATIA KURA YANGU NIMEKATAA
(I WONT GIVE YOU MY VOTE I’VE REFUSED)

ULIIBA MAFUTA YA GARI ULIIBA NGATA
(YOU STOLE PETROL YOU ALSO STOLE PARRAFIN)

WE NI MWIZI STAOGOPA KUSEMA HODARI
(YOU ARE A THIEF I WONT FEAR TO SAY BOLDLY)

PESA YA SHULE MAHINDI PIA KABURI
(SCHOOL FEES MAIZE AND ALSO CEMETRY)

NILIKUWA NA BIASHARA MKABOMOA KIBANDA
(I HAD A BUSSINESS WHICH YOU DEMOLISHED)

KAZI KWA VIJANA MISHAHARA MNAPENDA
(JOB TO THE YOUTHS AND YOU TAKE ALL THE CASH)

TUMECHOKA NA VIONGOZI KILA SIKU MASAGA
(WE ARE TIRED OF POLITICIANS WHO ALWAYS HAVE SCANDALS)

KURA YANGU AFADHALI NIPEE BOY ANA SWAGGER
(I’D RATHER GIVE MY VOTE TO A YOUNG DUDE WITH A SWAGGER)

UNAPENDA UKABILA ULILETA VITA KENYA
(YOU ARE A TRIBAL LEADER YOU BROUGHT WAR IN KENYA)

WENGI WALIUMIA WENGINE WALISHA GENYA
(MANY GOT HURT AND OTHERS DIED)

GAZETI YA JANA NILIKUCHEKI ULIKUWA HAPO
(I SAW YOU ON YESTERDAYS PAPER)

NASKIA UNA KESI KENYA INGINE NA OCAMPO
( I HEAR YOU HAVE A CASE IN KENYAN COURTS AND ALSO THE HAGUE)

NAJUA MTOTO WAKO SIKU HIZI ANASOMA ULAYA
(I KNOW YOUR CHILD STUDIES IN EUROPE)

ULIIBA SCHOOL FEES KWANI NANI HUONI HAYA
(ARE YOU NOT ASHAMED THAT YOU STOLE OUR SCHOOL FEES)

WANA SIASA BURE SAA HII TUSHA WAJUA
(ROGUE POLITICIANS NOW WE KNOW YOU)

TUMECHANUKA RAUNDI HII HATUTA WACHAGUA
(WE ARE NOW ENLIGHTENED THIS TIME ROUND WE WON’T VOTE YOU IN)


CHORUS

NIPENIKURA ZENU…:TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME UA VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…;TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…TUMEKATAA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

WANA SIASA BURE TUMEKATAA….
(WE DON’T WANT ROGUE POLITICIANS)

NIPENIKURA ZENU…:TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME UA VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…;TUMEKATAA;
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

NIPENI KURA ZENU…TUMEKATAA
(GIVE ME YOUR VOTES…WE’VE REFUSED)

WANA SIASA BURE TUMEKATAA….
(WE DON’T WANT ROGUE POLITICIANS)


VERSE 3

NAITWA PEWA WAKENYA VERSE THREE NI BARUA
(I AM PEWA AND THIS THIRD VERSE IS MY LETTER TO YOU KENYANS)

NIMEWAANDIKIA VITU KADHAA PIA MNAFAA KUJUA
(I’VE WROTE AFEW THINGS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW)

NIMEANDIKIA WAWESH OTI NA PIA WAMBUA
(AM WRITING TO ALL TRIBES IN KENYA)

KENYA NI MOJA NASEMA TUACHE UKABILA
(KENYA IS ONE LET’S AVOID TRIBALISM)

NIITE BROTHA HATA KAMA SIFANANANGI NA WEWE
(CALL ME BROTHA EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T LOOK ALIKE)

WE NI BROTHA SITA KULINGA NA MAWE
(YOU ARE MY BROTHA I WON’T FIGHT YOU)

USINIPATIE KURA YAKO JUU MI MGENGE
(DON’T GIVE YOUR VOTE BECAUSE OF MY TRIBE)

NIPE KURA YAKO NDO HII KENYA NIIIJENGE
(VOTE ME IN SO THAT I CAN BUILD THIS KENYA)

VIJANA ROUNDI ITABIDI TUWE WAJANJA
(FELLOW YOUTHS THIS TIME ROUND LETS BE CIVILISED)

TUSIKUBALI KUTUMIKA NA HAWA WANA SIASA
(WE SHOULDN’T ACCEPT TO BE MISSUSED BY THESE POLITICIANS)

NAJUA LABDA ULIKOSEA JIRANI YAKO KITAMBO
(I KNOW YOU MIGHT AVE WRONGED YOUR NEIGHBOUR BEFORE)

MWAMBIE POLE MWAMBIE ASAHAU ILE MAMBO
(TELL HIM SORRY AND ASK HIM TO FORGET THE PAST)

NA KURA YAKO USI PATIE MWANA SIASA BURE
(AND DON’T GIVE YOUR VOTE TO ROGUE POLITICIANS)

ULE HAKUJANGI MASHINANI YULE HULALA BUNGE
(THE ONE WHO DOESN’T COME TO THE VILLAGE THE ONE WHO SLEEPS ON HIS JOB)

AKI KUIOMBA KURA MWAMBIE TUMEKATAA
(IF HE ASKS FOR YOUR VOTE TELL HIM WE’VE REFUSED)

SONG TRANSLATION : PAIN AND JOY – GAS FYATU

Watch the music video for Pain and Joy.


PAIN AND JOY TRANSLATION

Translation provided by the artist, Gas Fyatu. Gas is an activist, writer, entrepreneur, and hip hop artist based in Nairobi. He is a member of Ukoo Flani Mau Mau and Moshikali. You can find Gas’ music on youtube. Read his writing at Kwani.

Intro.by FRENCH ARTIST


CHORUS

COME WITH ME/(my honniez)COME WE SING/(my hommies)
COME WITH ME/(rastaman)COME WE SING/(babylons)
PAIN AND JOY/OF EASTLANDS
PAIN AND JOY/OF WESTLAND

VERSE ONE (English)

Pen in my hands I am in my room enjoying solitude
I don’t know who to ask?how to delivers how this lines)
it is like snooker game I don’t know which ball to hit/
in this ghetto the way the rate of single women is increasing in our hoods/ is proportional to the number of emcees releasing too many singles)
All the critics are watching this ocean too big /I got to keep my head up
Sometimes I think leaving this/but I cant hip hop my political party
Lend me your ears as I follow this art like a sinking star/my plate of fate when am hungry
No pain no gain just know/I don’t want slim bodies in my hood/got heavy weight ghetto dreams/do you get it boy?
This rain full of poetry Oo come sing with /come dance to the tunes good and bad stories of my neighbourhood


VERSE ONE (SHENG)

Kalamu kwa mkono niko kwa keja solo
Nikaa ball za pool sijui nigonge ipi
Sijui nummulize mwongolo hizi mistari zitoke vipi?(
Nikaa vile mashory wana opt ku-remain single ndio emcee wana drop too single
Ma-critics wanatazama bahari kubwa maji ya shingo nazama
Na-think kuhama lakini siwezi hip hop chama

Maskio zako sasa na borrow hii sana na I follow ka sinking star plate ya fate niki fee njaa
No pain no gain jua/sitaki kuwa kwa bodies slim nina ghetto dreams heavy weight/una gitch boy
Ni rain ya poetry oo Come sing na me come dance na me mzeiya


VERSE TWO(ENGLISH)

I hear knowadays in the street, they say get the money you get the honey/welcome to eastlands my hood and feel at home/and please come in peace/but don’t forget bring some business/we got bank slave hustlers/economic tough time but in this ghetto we live our lives/living like a soldier/one room /enjoying life pleasures/with our ghetto queens/life a gamble/but there are great moments like marriage dreams in the hood/good things like my man Otty wife got twins/so and so went where since last year?/Jaymo is flying out I heard/bro Kevo stopped smoking weed nowadays he only takes beer/Patty has stuck to khat still/Nimo saw the light and joined Jesus/brotherhood during good times and bad times/Eastland is full of dramas/reggae music blasting from sound woofers on the streets/black hooded hip hop head roaming the streets/watch you back police on your back/COME SING WITH COME DANCE WITH THE STORIES OF THIS GHETTOES

VERSE TWO(SHENG)

NASKIA SIKU HIZI GET THE MONEY GET THE HONEY/KARIBU EASTLAND MTAANI NA UFEEL NYUMBANI/na ukuje na amani/
Lakini usisahau kubeba pesa kuna ma-lords- bank/vijana bank/economy mbaya lakini hood tunaishi
Maisha ki-soldier room moja/pleasure za life kuoja/kando ya bed na ka gheeto queen/pata potea/dreams za kufunga ndoa/vitu poa/kaa otty amepata matwins/nani amepotelea wapi since last year?jaymo ana fly naskia/kevo aliacha gode siku hizi ni ma-beer/paty nimogoka sana nimo ameokoka/ubrother hood kukiwa kupoa ama kubaya tuko/si eastland kuna vituko/reggae na saunya/hip hop nyuma ya black hoodies/wasee mabanga wakudiss

Verse three is by a cultural officer at alliance francaise 2005/06/and current director alliance francaise Zimbabwe/and an artist/ Charles houdart a.k.a hoo

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