Africa Must Wake Up !

Nas & Damian Marley - Distant RelativesDistant Relatives est un album studio collaboratif entre le légendaire rappeur américain Nas et l’artiste reggae jamaicain Damian Marley, sorti le 18 mai 2010, chez Universal Music / Def Jam Recordings. Enregistrement de l’album a eu lieu entre 2008 et 2010 et les arrangements traités principalement par Damian Marley et son frère Stephen Marley. Alliant des éléments musicaux du hip-hop et reggae, Distant Relatives est également constitué d’échantillons de musique africaine. Le contenu lyrique de l’album tourne autour de thèmes concernant l’ascendance et la pauvreté de l’Afrique et se présente comme une critique sociale particulièrement introspective et avertie des Etats-Unis et de l’Afrique.

NB: Ci-dessous le titre “Africa Must Wake Up”, une collaboration entre Nas & Damian Marley et l’artiste Ethiopien-Canadien K’Naan. Découvrez d’autres extraits de l’album en vidéo/audio plus bas.

[Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley: Intro]
Morning to you man
Morning to you love
Hey, I say I say

[Chorus 2x]
Africa must wake up
The sleeping sons of Jacob
For what tomorrow may bring
May a better day come
Yesterday we were Kings
Can you tell me young ones
Who are we today

[Nas: Verse 1]
The black oasis
Ancient Africa the sacred
Awaken the sleeping giant
Science, Art is your creation
I dreamt that we could visit Old Kemet
Your history is too complex and ridig
For some western critics
They want the whole subject diminished
But Africa’s the origin of all the world’s religions
We praised bridges that carried us over
The battle front of Sudanic soldiers
The task put before us

[Chorus 2x]

[Nas: Verse 2]
Who are we today?
The slums,deceases, AIDS
We need all that to fade
We cannot be afraid
So who are we today?
We are the morning after
The make shift youth
The slave ship captured
Our Diaspora, is the final chapter
The ancetral lineage built pyramids
Americas first immigrant
The Kings sons and daughters from Nile waters
The first architect, the first philosophers, astronomers
The first prophets and doctors was us

[Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley: Bridge]
Now can we all pray
Each in his own way
Teaching and Learning
And we can work it out
We’ll have a warm bed
We’ll have some warm bread
And shelter from the storm dread
And we can work it out
Mother Nature feeds all
In famine and drought
Tell those selfish in ways
Not to share us out
What’s a tree without root
Lion without tooth
A lie without truth
you hear me out

[Chorus]
Africa must wake up
The sleeping sons of Jacob
For what tomorrow may bring
May a better day come
Yesterday we were Kings
Can you tell me young ones
Who are we today
Ye lord
Africa must wake up
The sleeping sons of Jacob
For what tomorrow may bring
May some more love come
Yesterday we were Kings
I’ll tell you young blood
This world is yours today

[K’naan]
[In Swahili] Dadyahow daali waayey, nabada diideen
Oo ninkii doortay dinta, waadinka dillee
Oo dal markii ladhiso, waadinka dunshee
Oo daacad ninkii damcay, waadinka dooxee
Dadyahow daali waayey, nabada diideen
Oo ninkii doortay dinta, waadinka dillee
Oo dal markii ladhiso, waadinka dunshee
Oo daacad ninkii damcay, waadinka dooxee

  • [Translation]
    Oh ye people restless in the refusal of peace
    and when a man chooses religion, aren’t you the one’s to kill him?
    and when a country is built, aren’t you the one’s to tear it down?
    and when one attempts to tell the truth, aren’t you the one’s to cut him down?

[Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley]
Who are we today?
Morning to you
Morning to you man
Morning to you love

  • AUTRES EXTRAITS DE L’ALBUM CI-DESSOUS

01) As We Enter

02) Tribal War

03) Strong Will Continue

04) Leaders

05) Friends

06) Count Your Blessings

07) Dispear

08) Land Of Promise

09) Patience

10) In His Own Words

11) Nah Mean