AWILELE

Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band - “Awilele”
All songs written by Olusegun Akinlolu. © & ℗ 2004 Olusegun Akinlolu/EniObanke. SOCAN/ASCAP

Iba F’Olojo
Olojo oni iba re
A se’ba, a juba, a wole, af’oribale f’Olojo o e
Awa de olu orun, a se’ba f’Olojo o
Baba o ma le r’omo ko ma m’omo
Wa gb’ope, wa gb’adura
Lojo oni o, b’a se njade lo o
Ka ma sise o, kaye o roju, ka ma siso o
Awa de olu orun, a se’ba f’Olojo o
Baba o ma le r’omo ko ma m’omo

Awilele
Ma a dun, ma a dun, oni’lu mi, ma a dun, ma a dun
Ma a fon, ma a fon, onifere yi o, ma a fon, ma a fon o
E ma a ko, e ma a ko, eyin elegbe mi, e ma a ko, e ma a ko
Ani ko ma a ro - Awilele!
L’eti elegan o - Awilele!
L’eti k’enimamani o - Awilele!
Awon asenibanidaro - Awilele!
Won so’le owo d’ahoro - Awilele!
Won ti so’le olora d’asale, won so’le owo d’ahoro o
Tani o r’ogun - talo fe j’agun?
Ogun oro ma lo kan yio - o de, jagun jagun de!
Ogun oro l’oma kan yio - o de, jagun jagun de!
Eni ba le ko k’o ma a ko, eni ba le so ko ma so
Eni ba le ko l’orin o - a ni e maa so 3ce
Ogun oro ma lo kan yio - o de, jagun jagun de!
Ogun oro l’o ma kan yio - o de jagun jagun de!
So daa k’omo enikan maa wo’so tuntun l’ojojumo
K’omo enikan maa w’akisa kiri
So da k’omo enikan ma re’lewe olowo nla
K’omo enikan maa re suuku abe’gi
Ani to ba da, e je a ma ba lo – e je a ma ba bo
To ba da, e je a ma ba lo- yo kangun sibi kan
A o d’eniyan l’ola o
Awa yio d’eniyan l’ola ye
A o wo’so olowo, awa yio wo bata oye
A o wo’so olola, awa yio wo bata, ye
A o d’eniyan l’ola o...

S’o wa pa?
E wa j’ijo ologbon, e wa j’ijo alayo yi o
Ijo ya, ijo oloyin
Sebi’jo lani e jo, ewo ni tija?
Mo ni s’e wa pa o, ore mi s’e wa pa
S’o le gb’apa, so le gb’ese yi o
Nj’o le mi’ri, s’o le mi bi eni ju’rukere
S’o le d’okoto oniyeri?
People love to hear us sing
We say the things that really matter
You know they love to watch us play
Say it makes them come alive
It gives them power, gives inspiration
Something to hold on to
Gives them the strength they need for tomorrow
Everybody’s welcome here, oh yeah
We gotta get up, gotta move on, cos this is the time
Get up, move on, it’s your time, it’s okay
Awon elere l’o ns’ere yen o
E o r’awon boys b’on se njo o
A be r’awon girls b’on se nko mo’le…
Ore mi mama gbe’yin o
E o r’omode yen b’o se njo - ijo, ijo
Sebi’jo lawa jo ko ma s’ija nibi…

Ominira
Mama a de o, e wa la'ro yi ye wa o
Eyin iya a de o, e wa la'ro yi ye wa o
Won l'ogbon ologbon o nii je a gb'agba ni were
Seb’ogbon ologbon iyen nii je a gb'agba ni were o
Won l’eni t’o ba bere ona iyen kii s'ina
Eni t’o ba bere ona won ki sonu lailai
Mama a de o, ewa la’ro yi ye wa o
Eyin iya a de o, e wa la'ro yi ye wa o
Oro t'e beere, o l’otun o l’osi
Oro t’e beere, o n’iwa o l’eyin o
B’e ba s’otito o, aye yin a dun, y’o l’ayo
B’e ba s’ododo o, ilu yin a toro, y’o ladun o
E ma f’ole j’oba, aye yin a dun y’o l’ayo
E ma f’opuro joye, ilu yin a toro y’o l’ayo o
I know what we've been through
It is time to seek a better way
Greedy people in these high places
Hungry leaders stealing from the poor
My people too dey suffer o in silence
They will never talk till it's too late for them
Ominira wa nbo o ominira...
Jegudujera o r’ile gbe, alapapin o r’ona gba
Ap’omolekun ori mu mi o
Ominira wa nbo, ominira...

E Ko’mo L’ede
You and I, we are wrong if we think everything is right
There’s a fire burning on the roof our future is dying as we sleep
We must awake from the lies we’ve been told about ourselves
There’s no reason to be ashamed of who we are and where we’re from
E jowo o, e k’omo l’ede ile wa o
E jowo o, e k’omo l’asa ile wa o
E jowo o, e k’omo n’itan ile wa o
E jowo o, e fun won l’aso ile wa wo
You’re so proud today to hear them speak in a foreign tongue
It’s not fair to keep them away from who they are and live a lie
All these children, they are strangers
To their own roots and culture
We must try to right the wrongs
And show them the beauty in who they are
O d’eni - eni
eji, eta, erin, aarun, eefa…

Ma Fo’ya
Here standing we don’t know why
Understanding is rare
Good men living on borrowed time
Sanity’s gone to the dogs
The pains of the people like the rain
Falling in streams of tears
A lonely child looks to the sky
The stars are silent tonight
Child!
There’ll be a better way
The sun will shine in your eyes
Omo o, omo o
Omo o, ma beru, omo o, ma fo’ya o
Time, like an ever-flowing stream
Bears all her sons away
They fade like a dream fades at break of dawn
And we are still the same, we don’t change
Times, they may come, they may go
They bring changes in what we see and what we know
But the hearts of men are set in greedy ways
We don’t change
Everything is still the same
It’s just the way we are
Somebody’s loss is another’s gain
History recalls, we never learn
And the poor and the young always take the blame
Child...
I wish I had the answers
I’ll take your pains away
I wish I was the angel of peace
Change the world in a breath…

Come, Warrior
E be jagun jagun k’o wa’le
E ba be jagunjagun k’o wa’le o e
Ife ni yio bo’ri ikorira o
Otito ni yio bo’ri iro
Itasan orun yio bo’ri okunkun biribiri
E ba be jagunjagun ko wale o e
Come, warrior come
Come to the place of wisdom
Lay your burden down, rest your soul
The sun will shine tomorrow
Whether you like or not
Love is the only way we’ll be free
Come, warrior come
Hey! Listen to the music
Rest a little while, heal your wounds
Time will pass you see
All secrets revealed
Love is the only way we’ll be free
Brothers, sisters, people, love is the answer

Awon Agba
Ija l’o de t’orin d’owe – eni’re
Ore ojo ana t’o wa d’ota ilu o – e rora se
Ebe gbogbo wa s’Eledumare - Oba ogo
Ka ma se te l’oju ore at’ebi – k’a ma sise o
K’a ma sise o e s’adura
Awon ma la gb’ade fun, awon agba
K’agba ma se won l’arin awa o
Awon ma la ba l’aye o, awon agba
Iba f’ewu, f’ori ba’le f’ologbon
B’omode l’aso ko l’akisa bi agba
O ye ka b’owo f’awon asaaju wa o
Awon ma la gb’ade fun o, awon agba
Iba f’ewu f’ori ba’le f’ologbon
Iba fun baba, iba fun mama o
Gbogbo ebi, gbogbo ara ile o
Ara adugbo, gbogbo ara abule o
Gbogbo ilu ni won nso’wo po t’omo
Awon ma la ba l’aye, awon agba
K’agba ma se won ni ilu awa o
Awon ma la gb’ade fun o, awon agba
Iba f’ewu, f’ori ba le f’ologbon
Ani’ja l’o de t’orin d’owe – eni’re
Ore ojo ana t’o wa d’ota ilu o – e rora se
Ebe gbogbo wa s’Eledumare - Oba ogo
Ka ma se te l’oju ore at’ebi – k’a ma sise o!
K’a ma sise o e s’adura
These people drifting with no destination
Must find a purpose for life
I’ve just had a vision of life and abundance
Places you’ve never been
I stand for love, I won’t be bought
I’ve come to fulfill your dreams
I stand for love, it won’t be long
I’ve come to fulfill your dreams
These voices drifting from high, high places
A new day is coming soon
E gbe wa eyin agba, e ma ma je a te o
A nwo’ju re Edumare, e ma ma je a te o

Matters Arising
E a ma de o, a ma de o,
A wa nk’ilo fun’ra wa ni o
E a ma de o, a ma de o,
E je a s’otito fun’rawa o
Iwo gb’esin s’ori, gbogbo ara ilu ti wa d’elese loju e
Eyin gbesin s’ori, e wa npa’niyan l’oruko Olorun l’oke
Se iwo ti gbagbe
P’Olorun oba, Olorun ife ni kii korira
Se eyin ti gbage p’Eledumare alagbara
O le gbe’ja ara re
Iwo de’po ola, o wa nsi’wa wu, o ti gbagbe orisun
On j’aye olowo, omode ilu nwo’nu akitan k’ebi ma pa won o
Ko le s’alaafia ninu ilu b’inu ara ilu o ba dun
Ko le s’alaafia f’olowo fun talaka
Ba o ba s’otito n’ijoba o
Ore otito s’owon o
Ife otito s’owon ye
Oo le gb’ara l’enikankan o
Won a ba e je o, won a ba e mu o
To ba y’eyin pada, won a s’oro e ni buruku
Won a ba e l’ogba, won a ba e je’gbadun
B’igba ba yi pere gbogbo won a sa lo o
Ilara ti poju, ikorira ti poju
Ko le s’ilosiwaju ninu abosi
Ikunsinu ti poju at’imoteni nikan
Ko le s’ilosiwaju ninu iwa ibaje yi o

Oke Bola
Lodo Mama Agba, wa kalo o – Oke Bola wa kalo o e
N’ile Awolowo wa kalo o, Sounds of Joy wa kalo o
Waateco wa ka lo o, Iya gbagi wa ka lo o
Mama onidodo e wa kalo, Baba Ghana wa ka lo o
Asegunsete, wa ka lo o, Osandesangun, wa ka lo o
Seyi serere, wa ka lo o
Lodo Mama Agba wa kalo o – Oke Bola wa kalo o e
Tell me what happened to the good days
When we had everything going right?
Brothers, what happened to the old songs
We used to sing in the bright moonlight?
We want to be happy, we all should be free
Children have a right to share of this culture
Bring back the good days
Kos’oloko l’oko – eye e bere maa j’oka, eye

Each Time You Turn
Ololufe, ololufe ololufe, okan mi wa lodo re
Ololufe mi o, ololufe, ololufe, okan mi wa lona
You wake up in the middle of the night
Find a reason to start a quarrel
You cry up all the tears in your eyes
And then you tell me you’re going away for the last time
Each time you turn and wave your hands and say goodbye
It’s like a load is lifted off my head
Now you are gone I should be happy, girl
But I don’t know why
Why am I feeling so lonely now?
O tun ti nlo niyen, o ti gb’apamowo re
O ti we gele s’ori
E ma ba mi bebe
Ara ile, ero ode e ma ba mi bebe
Otun ti nlo niyen o a
You are restless, you don’t belong to anyone
One day you are here, the next you are gone away
I’m tired of the selfish games you play
But I’d be lying if I should deny you are still the one
Each time…
O tun ti nlo niyen, o ti gb’apamowo re
O ti ko bata sese
E ma ba mi bebe
Ara ile, ero ode e ma ba mi bebe
Otun ti nlo niyen o a
My love, we didn’t plan it this way
Honey, we said we’d go all the way
My love, I need you more everyday
Honey, down on my knees begging please…

Oruko Rere
Through the wild jungle we’re coming back home
Through the fire and through the sea
I know mother my promises to you
To make you a queen before you die
The years are gone and you’re losing hope
But I will never give it up for you, for me, for life…
Never (3ce) fear the shadows of night
Be on guard every hour of the day
Put a smile on the faces of the fallen
Loving and living and strong (2ce)
I told my father very long time ago
I’ve got to be a man of my own
Change the world with a rhythm and a melody
Many horrors and pain abound, it’s getting harder everyday
But I will never give it up for you, for me, for life…
Never (2ce) share the path of the wicked
Never never be a pawn for greed
Follow the words of the great ancestors
Loving and living and strong (2ce)
Yeye, e ma ma b’inu si wa o
Ko s’owo l’oni, ola mbo wa da
Seb’oruko rere o san ju’le oro
Omo oko nse won to lese o
Baba, e ma ma b’inu si wa o…
Through the wild jungle we’re coming back home
Through the fire and through the sea
Through the darkness and pain of lost friends
Our weapon is a message of hope
The more they push us the stronger we are
And we will never give it up
For you, for us, for life…
Never (3ce) fear the shadows of night…
Yeye, e ma ma b’inu si wa o…

Lekeleke
Lekeleke nfo l’oke, eye funfun ni
Lekeleke nfo loke, eye funfun ni
Aso ala ni mo wo elepo ya fun mi
Lekeleke nbo l’ona eye funfun ni
Fo, maa fo, maa fo, eye olola
Bo, maa bo, maa bo, eye onire
Sometimes I wish I could fly like a bird in the sky - away, away
With the love and the strength of the fathers
In the blessing of the spirits of the sky
In the warmth of the bosom of the mothers
With the knowledge and the wisdom that I need
To set my people free, set my people free…
O nbo l’ona, eye oba ni ko se to o
O nb’onile wi, o nkilo f’alejo, o ni e maa so’ra o
E ma fi’ya j’opo, at’omo oku orun
O ni e f’eso s’aye, e ma te talaka mo’le mo o
O nbo l’ona, eye oba ni…
Awon omode ilu, won wa ko’ra won jo, won fe so’ko p’eye
Eye ko, eye o ku, nse lo nfo, nse lo nbe lat’igi s’igi
Awon agbagba ilu, won wa ko’ra won jo
Won fe l’eye l’oko
Won k’ada jade, won k’ake jade, won nge gi oko
O di ka, o di ko
Eye ko, eye o ku, nse lo nfo, nse lo nbe lat’igi s’igi
L’aipe l’aijina, won ge gbogbo igi tan, o wa ku’gi kan l’oko
Igi iroko, igi ti gbogbo aye nfe, eyi ti gbogbo aye nbo
O di ka, odi ko, ko ma ku gi kan loko o!
Ko wa pe l’eye fo lo o - pagidari igi da
Pagidari igi da, eye fo lo o…

O ya o!
O ya o!
Baba, mama, e ma ma se sun mo o
Ore, ara ewu mbe lode o
Baba o, mama o, e ma ma se sun lo o
Ore, ara, jamba nkan lekun
E ma ma gb’ole laye, e ma ma gba jaguda
E ma ma gbonijibiti, e ma ma gba konde
Ola si ma dara o - a dara, a dara
Ayo mbo l’ola o - a dara, a dara
So when you think you’ve got problems, pain in your heart
There is a place you can go to and come out anew
There is a place called history
It’s there in the books
Darkness will give way to light
Ki’jo to d’ijo ana oro ta so e ma gbagbe o
E ba mi kalo o, ore e ma gbagbe o
Aye d’oju ru, ko s’owo l’apo
Aye d’oju ru, ko s’ayo n’ile o
Aye d’oju ru ko s’owo l’apo
Ebi np’omode o
Baba, mama, e ma ma se sun mo o…

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