FERE

Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band - “Fere”
All songs written by Olusegun Akinlolu. © & ℗ 2006 Olusegun Akinlolu/EniObanke. SOCAN/ASCAP

Muku-i-muku
It’s so nice to see people come together
To share love and happiness in a place of harmony
And the children – singing, dancing, chanting
Ore e wa, e je k’a lo, ore e wa

Ore e ba mi kalo l’agbo Beautiful Nubia
Seb’orin la nko nibe, seb’ijo la njo nibe o
Ara e ba mi kalo l’agbo Roots Renaissance
Seb’ere la nse nibe
Ko si wahala ni’bi rara
Ni muku i muku – ni mukulumuke
Ni wemu, ni wemu

Omode nbe nibe, awon agbagba o gb’eyin nibe
Omobinrin po jaburata, awon omokunrin o gbe’yin rara
Alakowe nbe nibe, awon onise owo nbe nibe
Awon agbe o gbe’yin nibe, omo’lewe po jaburata o
Olomoge nbe nibe, awon iyawo’le wa nibe
Alaboyun po nibe, mama agba ro’ro ofi won jo

Ore e ba mi kalo…

B’ebo ba di gbigba, ijo l’o ye wa
Adura wa gba, erin l’o ye wa
B’ebo ba di gbigba, ilu yi a toro
B’ebo ba di gbigba, aye wa a toro mini

Higher Steps (O Mbo Wa D’ero)
It’s so nice
See you on your feet now
We gotta move on up
Never give in to the pressures around us
The winner is the one who doesn’t give up
(Don’t worry)
Remember, a man’s his own best friend
Nobody can put you down unless you give in sister
Life is a fun game if we play it right
(Keep moving)

Ore o ba ma ma mi’kan rara o
Ko s’ohun t’o mbo l’oke t’ile o gba o
Seb’aye l’a ba, aye la o fi sile si
Gbagbo p’ohun t’o le mbo wa d’ero

O mbo wa d’ero ore mi o – ohun to le, mbo wa d’ero
O mbo wa d’ero n’ile o
O mbo wa d’ero l’oko o
O mbo wa d’ero f’omode o, f’agbalagba
O mbo wa d’ero fun gbogbo wa o
I’m taking higher steps
I’m going higher places
You can come along with me
We’ll do it together if you want

Ore o ba ma ma mi’kan rara o
Ko s’ohun t’o mbo l’oke t’ile o gba o
Seb’aye la b’ohun gbogbo, aye la o fi sile si
Gbagbo p’ohun to le mbo wa d’ero
Ara mi e ba ma ma mi’kan rara o
Ko s’ohun kan tuntun l’abe orun ye o
Aye la b’ohun gbogbo, aye la o fi sile si o
Gbagbo p’ohun to le mbo wa d’ero

Eleko’dere
Eleko’dere seb’o l’o j’ere 2ce
O nro’so dudu, o si nro’so pupa
O nro’so dudu o si nro’so funfun
O f’aimu gbaja o si tun lekenka o
Eleko’dere seb’o l’o j’ere

Asiko Eledumare lo dara,
Ka f’oun gbogbo s’Oba mimo lowo
Ki se ti ka joko jebete
Ki se ti ka joko regedi
Ise mbe pupo lati se
Ki se ti ka joko bebere
Ki se ti ka joko roboto
Irin mbe pupo lati rin o
Asiko ti to ara mi o, asiko ti to 2ce
Asiko ti to fun wa o
Ara mi, asiko to to fun wa o
Ka bo l’oko eru
Ka bo’wu iya sonu
B’ise o ba pe’ni seb’enikan i pe’se

Ohun Oju Nri
Ohun oju nri enu o ma ni le so o
Ohun oju ri omo o ma ni le so bo de’le o
They say we’re free and colonisation is a thing of the past
But look around you people
Time is going by and we still can’t get it right
They our land is the home of poverty and disease
And we’re treated like second-class citizens of the world
Our leaders run around begging for help
When the solutions are right here at home with us
The future of this land is in the hands
Of every man and woman, young and old
Everyone of us has a share in the blame for the failure of society
See, we‘re still slaves economically,
We‘re still slaves politically,
We‘re still slaves ideologically
But I’ve got a song to sing
Je a gbe’ra kuro o ninu ogbun aye,
Ore e so’ra, e dakun o, a ma njin si koto
Je a gbe’ra kuro o ninu ogbun aye
A ni e mu’ra, e so’ra o, a ma njin si koto lo o

We’re trying to fix things from the top to the ground
But the way to solve it is from the ground upwards
Lasting change begins at the individual level
Everyone dips in the pot but no one replenishes
Have you forgotten the rules?
Without love there can be no truth, justice and peace
We must turn our backs on selfishness and greed
Go back to our culture of community - all for one and one for all
Not just every man to his own
We must go back to the land
A nation that cannot feed itself
Will always remain subservient to others
We’re still slaves to material wealth,
We‘re still slaves to religion,
We‘re still slaves to foreign ideals
But I’ve got a song to sing

This land will be a great place one day
A place where dreams come true
Our hope is in the children
Teach them to love their fellow man
And never to judge anyone by the colour of their skin, religion or language
Teach to be proud of our culture
And the values of hardwork and perseverance, honest and humility
Treat every child like your own
For every child, no matter the circumstances of his birth,
Is a beacon to this glorious future
Teach them to be strong in love
And never look down on themselves
Teach them to be strong
And learn to hold their heads up wherever they may go
Teach the children to sing this song of pride
And let them sing it loud and clear:
I’m not ashamed to be who I am
I’m not ashamed - I’m a proud African
I’m not afraid - I’m a child of The Most High
I’m not ashamed and I’ve got a song to sing

Ife Oloyin
Flying up in the air, slicing through the clouds
Any moment from now could be my last
Then my mind goes back to all the hurt I am leaving
Oh, the pain in your heart, and I know
I, I’m coming back home to give you all my love
To give you all you want
I, I’m coming back home
You will never be lonely
I will always be there for you

Ololufe nt’o ti nreti yen lo mbo l’ona yi
Baby mo r’ire mu bo n’irin ajo
Ife oloyin ti ko l’abawon (lakawe)
Jowo f’orijimi fa mi mo’ra

It’s such a lonely world
Can’t find no one to trust
You’re the only one who understands
Wipe away your tears, just take me in your arms
This is where I belong and I’m here to stay

Onile Ayo
Lesi ma gb’aye duro 2ce
Aye d’orikodo, lesi ma gb’aye duro 2ce
A mi gbe, o mi jabo 2ce
A nle o mbo l’ehin, a ngbe o mi jabo 2ce
Ohun buruku t’o gbe se ni’koko
O se b’oju enikan o le ri e o
Iwa ibaje t’e wu ni koro, o se b’owo eda kan o le ka e o
A o tu wo, a o gbe yewo, a o si o s’oju aye
A o gbe yewo, a o tu wo, a o yiri e l’oju aye
E ba je a wu’wa t’o dara, ore mi e wu’wa to sunwon
E wu’wa to j’oju k’aye ye wa

Baba on’ile ayo ni’jo t’o ba npin’re bo, ma gbagbe awa
Baba on’ile ayo ni’jo t’o ba npin’re bo, ma gbagbe mi
Ni’jo t’o ba npin’re alaafia, emi gigun, aiku baale oro, ibukun ti mba ni kale, omo

Ikoko Akufo (Lamentation For A Broken Pot)
Ikoko akufo, o d’ero akitan o
Ikoko to fo o, o ti dero akitan o
Monomono ya lu’gi, oro wo ‘nu ilu o
Itiju bi aso akisa lo ma ri o
O d’oro agbagba o, o d’eru f’ologbon
O d’owo awon agba o, o d’eru f’ologbon

Ilu Orita o, ilu alaafia
Mo ni t’e ba de’be, e ba mi ki won o
Gbogbo wa la o f’ayo de ‘le
Mo ni t’e ba ri o, e ba nk’Awero yen o
Omoge awelewa to nda ni l’orun o
Ile owo ni o wo s’aya
Ile ola ni o wo s’aya o

Seb’ade ori oko ni won, obinrin to n’iwa t’o l’ewa
Iwuri obi ni won o ma je, mobinrin to gb’eko to mu lo
Ori re dara, ori re sunwon, o d’adufe olori oko
Ori re dara, ori re sunwon, o d’abefe o…

Ikoko to fo i s’oun a mu se’be
Ikoko to fo i s’oun a mu to’le
Ikoko to fo i s’oun a mu r’odo
Ikoko to fo i s’oun a mu yan’gan
Ibadi aran d’eni a mu se yeye o
Bi eye ti o l’apa
Ibadi aran d’eni a mu se yeye o

O ba ma i lo o 2ce
Duro se’un obinrin nse
Gb’aye se’un obinrin nse

Tables Turn
The young man standing laughing
But he knows where the shoe dey pain am so
He no fit do anything today
But one day the tables will turn
The little children on the street
Working hard so they can eat
Dem no fit do anything today
But one day the tables will turn
My sister with the sexy eyes
Selling her body so she can live
She no fit do anything today
But one day the tables will turn
So my brothers don’t you see
We must bring some sanity over here
How can one person have so much
While so many have none?

The average man doesn’t ask for much
He only wants what you and I want -
A safe place to lay his head at night
Is that too much to ask?
He wants his kids to go to good schools
So they can become somebody
He wants them grow up healthy and strong
Is that too much to ask?
So when you build your mansions
And drive around in your fancy cars
Remember to think of the little man
Cos one day the tables will turn 2ce
So my sisters don’t you see…

So people keep on struggling
Meditate on the words of the wise
A lie may stand for a thousand years
But one day the truth will reign
Mothers put away your worries
Wipe away your flowing tears
We no fit do anything today
But one day the tables will turn
Little children listen up
We may be down but we’re not out
We must not give up on our dreams
One day your time will come
So my people don’t you see…

The poor man stands there laughing
But he knows where the shoe dey pain am so
Him no fit do anything today
But one day the tables will turn

Dear Africa
Se b’a nd’aro ara wa ni o 2ce
Se b’a nd’aro ile wa ni o
Se ba nd’aro Africa ni o

We had a dream to build a great nation
We had a desire to rule the world
We lost our way and we should have turned around
But all we do is keep on going wrong
How many more years of sorrow will come
How many more wars will we fight?
Dear Africa I’m worried for you
Come on and tell me, what we gonna do?
Tell me where we gonna go for love
Where we gonna go for hope
Show me how we gonna live without justice
How we gonna live together?

We’ve got the children scattered all over the world
They contribute to those economies
Back in the land the forest has become a desert
We shift the blame from one to the other
How much more blood are we gonna shed
How many more kids will go to war?
Dear Africa I’m down on my knees
Come on and tell me what we gonna do?

The sky is bright and the music is high
The spirits of our fathers returning home
Dear Africa give me some hope
Come on and tell me what we gonna do…

Mama Agba’s Twilight Treat
Asin toun tokere, awon n’a jo nja o
Ija re mo wa la
Asin fi mi ni’mu je, e gba mi lowo re o
Awo mi nbe l’oja o

Olofofo ye’ra, a fe s’oro awo 2ce
Etu o si mo, ibon j’iya o gbe
Alaisi baba omo, e ma f’iya j’omo
B’ajanaku ti gborin to ko le danikan gbe’gbo
Bi o ba si t’eye ni adie bage-bage
A ns’oro lowo iwo nlu’lu ken-ken
Bi o ba si ti oba ni mba fa’lu re ya
Omo eniyan to ri mi ti o s’ariya
Bi o ba je eranko ni a si je digbolugi

Ma fe fere si mi mo, fere
Aso fere ki mo ro
Ewu fere ki mo wo
Omode yi o gboran dan?
A i fe fere loganjo
Ma fe fere si mi mo

What A Day!
Oh what a day I met you baby
I was the man without a hope
And all my dreams were going nowhere
You pulled me up and here is where I am
Oh what a day!
I’ve got the feeling can’t you see
I’ve got the fire in my soul
I’ve got the rhythm can’t you see
I’ve got the passion and the thrill

Oh, what a night I held you baby
The stars were bright in the sky
And in my heart there was an emptiness
You filled it up and gave me all of you

Fire burning up in there,
People running up and down
Got you baby and that’s okay
It’s all I want, it’s all I need…

E wa w’omoge b’o se njo…

Mind Of Your Own
Mo fe so’tan kan, o ya!
Mo fe pa’tan kan, ma a wi se! 2ce
Itan yi d’ori o d’ori
O d’ori ebi iyadiran o
Baba j’iya t’o fi gbo, mama j’iya o ti gbo
Awon omo j’iya won nsokun o
Won nko yin leru e f’owo leran
Won nja e l’ole o gb’oju s’oke
Oba Oke i sokale ran ni l’owo
Owo ara eni laafi tun wa ara eni se o
Owo ara ni laafi t’aye eni se o

When you’re low you fold up just like burning paper
You think that someone will come and help you out
But everyone has his own big or little problem
So you’ve got to stand up and face your life
In this life it’s a race that everybody runs
Some will run very fast, some will run it slow
But everyone will get there and it’s such a bloody shame
If you give up before the finish line
It’s time you had a mind of your own 3ce
It’s such a bloody shame!

Everytime you feel down you look to the West
You think that big brother will come and help out
But all they do is betray and steal your wealth
Nobody can liberate you except yourself
It’s time you had a mind of your own 3ce
It’s such a bloody shame!

All It Takes
Woke up this morning, got nowhere to go
Something in my heart tells me I shouldn’t cry
Tears are for babies, worries are for fools
Life will always bow down to the man with faith
I have climbed the mountains and I have seen the valley
Here is everything I’m always longing for
So it doesn’t matter whatever they say
I know where my destiny is taking me
And all my brothers say…
Give it all it takes
And I’ll give it all I know
Give it all my heart and all my soul

I’ve just said my prayers with a breath of fire
Bright is the day that will follow the night
I have a little son and he thinks I am great
In his trusting eyes I see a world of love
Said I’ve been there before, the valley of death
And the all-seeing father says it’s okay
So it doesn’t matter whatever they say
I know where my destiny is taking me….

Spirit Of A New Generation
Yi o lo o! eleyi o lo o! bo gbe’na ka’ri, bo w’ewu eje
Itakun to ni k’erin ma g’oke, tohun t’erin lo nlo o
We are marching on to love, marching on to glory
We’re marching on to love, marching on to freedom
Cos we are who we are, what we are what is strong and what is noble yeah
All together now!
The people are ready, they want a better day now
They are tired of promises and politics
They want some reality
The people are moving to the future with faith now
There’s got to be a better way, a new dawn of hope
Who go fit stop the party when we wanna dance
Who go fit stop the music? - No one, no one!
Who go fit stop the children when they wanna play
Who go fit stop the people from moving?
We’re coming out
I tell you brothers this is the new way
And things won’t ever be the same again
This is the spirit of a new generation – hardwork and honesty
This is the way we will do our things now - all for one and one for all
This is the spirit of a new generation – Courage, transparency
This is the way we will do our things now - all for one and one for all

Baba Eledumare
You can be what you wanna be
You can do all you wanna do
It’s all here, it’s in the head, it’s all here…
I don’t know why you’re feeling so sad
I’ve got the music and I have no worries
In my heart I desire tomorrow
I feel the fire as it burns in my soul
Jowo Baba Eledumare, wa sure fun wa
Jowo Baba Eledumare wa gbo o(2ce)

Forget the world, it’s so full of injustice,
Forget the pain in your heart it’s all over
If your dreams are strong they’ll take you there
Come feel the fire as it burns in this your place…

I believe my heart can’t be wrong
I’ve seen tomorrow and I know where I’m going
If your dreams are strong they’ll take you there
Come feel the fire as it burns in this your place…

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