Buju Banton – “Destiny” (rootsnwingz remix)

Please share and like if you enjoy my refix of this great classic by Buju!

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“Le Métèque” – Live Acoustic Reggae Cover of Georges Moustaki’s classic song , by Alpha Blondy

The Egyptian / French / Greek / Italian musician, Georges Moustaki released this in the late 1960s and is one of my personal favorites, both lyrically and musically.  The Ivory Coast artist, Alpha Blondy, did a great job covering this classic in a reggae style and tweaking it appropriately.   Watch & Share the original official music video by Moustaki, the live acoustic reggae version on TV5MONDE as well as the studio version off Alpha Blondy’s latest album, “Mystic Power”.  A song of love and suffering, the lyrics are so good, check them out below the videos!

http://tune.pk/player/embed_player.php?vid=1836351&folder=2014/01/11/&width=600&height=350&autoplay=no

Avec ma gueule de nègre métèque
De Juif errant, de rasta grec
Et mes dreadlocks aux quatre vents
Avec mes yeux tout délavés
Qui me donnent l’air de rêver
Moi qui ne rêve plus souvent
Avec mes mains de maraudeur
De musicien et de rôdeur
Qui ont pillé tant de jardins
Avec ma bouche qui a bu
Qui a embrassé et mordu
Sans jamais assouvir sa faim
Avec ma gueule de nègre métèque
De Juif errant, de rasta grec
De voleur et de vagabond
Avec ma peau qui s’est frottée
Au soleil de tous les étés
Et a tout ce qui portait jupon
Avec mon cœur qui a su faire
Souffrir autant qu’il a souffert
Sans pour cela faire d’histoires
Avec mon âme qui n’a plus
La moindre chance de salut
Pour éviter le purgatoire
Avec ma gueule de nègre métèque
De Juif errant, de rasta grec
Et mes dreadlocks aux quatre vents
Je viendrai, ma douce captive
Mon âme sœur, ma source vive
Je viendrai boire tes vingt ans
Et je serai prince de sang
Rêveur ou bien adolescent
Comme il te plaira de choisir
Et nous ferons de chaque jour
Toute une éternité d’amour
Que nous vivrons à en mourir
Et nous ferons de chaque jour
Toute une éternité d’amour
Que nous vivrons à en mourir

“Hands Up I Can’t Breathe” – Steel Pulse (New Single December 2014) Listen & read full lyrics!

Brand new tune by the legendary reggae band Steel Pulse and David Hinds, livicated to the lives that have been recently unjustly taken by police brutality and racist discrimination, in particular the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August. Once again and after all their years of making music, Steel Pulse always deliver a notably strong and relevant message. Still chanting down Babylon as 2015 approaches… Listen and read / share the full lyrics below!

Lyrics (transcribed by rootsnwingz):

Should I run away

Don’t get disillusioned
By this racist institution
The bigots are out there with their weapons too
Yes they’re aiming just to gun down our children

So let me tell you this time around
Yes, we’re gonna draw this line right now
Our common goal is to stand our grounds
You got the city on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking, I can’t breathe

Why should I run away? Curfew!

Do I lay dead as a victim
Another statistics to the system
All kinds of crazy shit flow through my mind
Do I left to raise my children
So I’m gonna tell you this time around
What goes around, yes will come around
Is it defiance that has me bound
You got this whole town on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking I can’t breathe

I’m down on my bended knees
I’m choking I cannot breathe
I beg you don’t tazer me

Why should I run away?

Is it because I’m happy?
Why you so trigger happy?

Don’t shoot!

police brutalityUndercover cop pulls pistol on unarmed civilians in Oakland, California.

“Ασφάλεια” – Κακό Συναπάντημα (Unofficial Lyric Video by rootsnwingz)

Unofficial lyric video of a great song by Greek reggae band “Kako Synapantima”, on the classic “Solomon” riddim.  The lyrics are a clever and ironic commentary on city life and particularly the current tragico-comic security measures in Athens and Thessaloniki (The increased presence of police and army in the streets, discrimination, abuse of power and especially undercover informas). Video made by rootsnwingz, lyrics are in Greek and were transcribed by rootsnwingz.

Ανεπίσημο lyric video ενός άψογου και επίκαιρου κομματιού από την ελληνική reggae μπάντα ¨Κακό Συναπάντημα”.  Έξυπνοι στίχοι γεμάτοι ειρωνία και χιούμορ για την τραγική πραγματικότητα της ζωής στην πόλη. Δείτε το βίντεο για να ακούσετε το κομμάτι βλέποντας τους στίχους. Καλή Απόλαυση!


http://kako-synapantima.blogspot.gr/
https://el-gr.facebook.com/kakosynapantima
http://www.rootsnwingz.com

“I Beseech JAH” – Midnite featuring Pressure (Lyric Video by rootsnwingz)

Unofficial Lyric Video. A BIG chune off the brand new Midnite album “Ride Tru”, produced by I Grade Records. Lyrics transcribed by rootsnwingz. Lyric Video made by rootsnwingz. Please comment if you find mistakes in the lyrics and wanna suggest corrections!

Music written by Vaughn Andre Benjamin, Delyni Brown aka “Pressure”, Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred, David “JAH David” Goldfine & Josiah Winans.
Lyrics and Vocal Melodies: Vaughn Benjamin
Drums & Tambourine: Lloyd “Junior” Richards
Bass: JAH David
Keyboards, Skank Guitar & Melodica: Tippy I
Keyboards: Josiah Winans
Guitar: Padraic Coursey
Recorded by: Tippy I at Aqua Sounds Studio, St. Croix

http://www.igraderecords.com
http://www.midniteband.com
http://www.igradedub.com
http://www.rootsnwingz.com

“Shotta” – No-Maddz (New Official Music Video December 2014)

Kurt Wright is the director of this brand new official music video for the Sly & Robbie produced track “Shotta” by Jamaican reggae dub group No-Maddz.  Once again, No-Maddz deliver a modern yet mystical groovy dub sound combined with powerful images and conscious lyrics about the realities of crime, guns, the police & army. Check out the video & lyrics below.

LYRICS
Intro by Mr bad to the bone

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Verse 1

Just a little squeeze off the trigger
Love tot hear the sound of the gun when it fires
Love to see people get flat and scatter
Change their good, good names, now they are shottas
Whole heap of things them youths yah don’t remember
Like when their mothers used to change their diapers
Take them to school, pay all the teacher
Evening comes, daddy provide the dinner
When they’re sick, their mothers bleach with them at doctor
Now them a walk, rape, rob and murder
AK 47 in a hand over shoulder
Daddy got a glimpse and him pants full a water
Wee Wee, Mr bad to the bone

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Verse 2

Bap, man dead out a street
Daddy hear on the news say him one boy do it
Mama belly ban, head in a hand
Asking Lord, what me do wrong
Why fi mi one boy turn gunman
A wonder if a the company weh him keep
A wonder if a true, him used to love roam the street
Used to love roam the street (times 4)

Bridge 1

Shotta beat it till a morning
Nah hear when mama calling
Him full a tough chat and talking
And a run when big dogs barking

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Bridge 2
Mama, Babylon a carry me in a jeep
Them a box and a kick me, mama don’t make them do it
Mama, from mi little and a grow, me afraid a soldier and me don’t like police
(Repeat)

3 Reggae Music Videos with Powerful Images and Lyrics Pertaining to the Slave Trade

Junior Reid – “Same Boat” (2012)

Stephen Marley featuring Capleton & Sizzla – “Rock Stone” (2014)

Chronixx – “Capture Land” (2014)

Watch, Listen and Learn!

To read more on the subject, check out my research paper “Mutiny Aboard the Slave Ships in the 18th century: Implications for the Transatlantic Slave Trade

“Unemployment” – Twinkle Brothers, with full lyrics by rootsnwingz

One of my most beloved Jamaican UK produced roots reggae pieces, the deeply meaningful “Unemployment”, remains as relevant as it was upon its release in 1984.  I could not find the lyrics anywhere, so I transcribed them myself.  The lyrics are an original rootsnwingz online exclusive, you won’t find them anywhere else on the web! Watch this insightful and cleverly made unofficial video and read and share the full lyrics below.

Full lyrics by rootsnwingz:

“Unemployment” – Twinkle Brothers
Album: Burden Bearer (1984)

(Scatting)

Time hard sir
But it gettin harder
Devaluation of the dollar make cost a living get higher

Today you live like a king sir
Tomorrow you beg like a pauper (x2)

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir

Today you drink wine like a water
Mind tomorrow you drink but a wata
Today you drink wine like a water
Tomorrow you drink but a wata

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar make prices get higher
Let me tell you time hard sir
A so it rough sir

Today you live like a king sir
Tomorrow you beg like a pauper (x2)

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir
Time hard sir
A so it rough sir

Today you drink wine like water
Mind tomorrow you drink but a wata
Today you drink wine like water
Tomorrow you drink but a wata

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar, prices get higher

Time hard sir
But it gettin harder
Tell you time rough sir
Talking about unemployment sir

Time hard sir
I say time rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar make prices get higher

Me tell you time rough sir
A so it tough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir
Me tell you time hard sir

“Getting to Zero” – No-Maddz with EveForLife and the UN Joint Team on AIDS (New Official Music Video December 2014)

aidsJamaican reggae band and dub poetry group “No-Maddz” present their brand new official music video “Getting to Zero”, directed by Kurt Wright.  A groovy riddim and powerful, touching and educational message on AIDS discrimination in Jamaica and the rest of the world.  A great positive video, released today, World Aids Day, to accompany a great song.  Respect to the youths of No-Maddz for contributing to another important cause by effectively raising awareness and by educating on the social seriousness and reality of AIDS and its prevention.  Watch the music video now and share the good vibes now:

Don’t forget sharing is caring!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-Maddz
https://www.facebook.com/nomaddzja?ref=stream
http://www.eveforlife.org/
http://www.unaids.org/

“Sink or Swim” – Bo Napoleon featuring Tenelle (Official Lyrics Video)

Native Hawaiian Bo Napoleon teamed up in 2012 with Tenelle to create this moving love duet. Reggae and Hawaiian music influences, two great passionate voices and a positive, powerful message. Anyone who’s ever been in love will greatly appreciate and relate. “Love is either sink or swim”… Check it out here:

Written by Bo Napoleon
Produced by Chazrox via Gee’rage Music

“Herbivore” – Leilani Wolfgramm (Official Lyric Video)

WE SHOULD SMOKE! Dope lyrics by the beautiful Leilani, check out the official lyric video here:

Full lyrics:

Herbivore
I be smoking nature’s cure
I can’t get enough
Filling up my lung lung lungs with the earth
Herbivore

You call me the herbivore
Fiya fi make them crystals work
I just fell in love
Digging up that green green bud from the dirt
Herbivore

I want someone with a deep deep lung
I want someone with a green green thumb
I want someone with a wiggle in his tongue
He say roll it in a blunt
He say put it in a bong

And if you love me, let your love burn strong
And if you love me, love me all night long
And if you love me, let your love burn slow
If you don’t love the ganja, best leave I alone
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N.A.S.A. – “Money” (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip) (Official Music Video)

Amazing animation music video. A successful fusion of Reggae, Hip Hop, Funk and Brazilian sound by an all star collective of musicians. Both the music and video are guaranteed to blow your mind! N.A.S.A. never fails to create timeless music with an message against corruption and injustice. No surprise that 6 years after its release, this track is still hot and original… Brace yourself for a quite trippy audiovisual experience!

© 2008 Spectrophonic Sound under license to Anti- Records

Art by Shepard Fairey
Directors: Syd Garon & Paul Griswold
Producer: Susan Applegate

N.A.S.A.’s debut album “The Spirit of Apollo” hit the shelves 2/17/09 on Anti-/Spectrophonic Sound.

“Ο Στρατής” – Κώστας Χατζής / “Stratis” – Kostas Hatzis

Μουσική: Κώστας Χατζής, Στίχοι: Σώτια Τσώτου
Music: Kostas Hatzis, Lyrics: Sotia Tsotou

Τα νιάτα του έφαγε ο Στρατής στα ναυπηγεία ολημερίς
Φτιάχνει τα πιο γερά σκαριά, να παν οι άλλοι μακριά
Να ταξιδέψουνε τη γη, οι τυχεροί, οι τυχεροί!

Τ’αποβραδό στο καπηλειό με τον Γιωργή τον παραγιό
Λένε για χώρες μακρινές, που δεν τις είδανε ποτές
Ζηλεύουνε τους ναυτικούς, τους τυχερούς, τους τυχερούς!

Όταν πεθάνω, βρε Γιωργή, όταν σαλπάρω από τη γη
Βάλε στη κάσα μου πανιά, βάλε της άλμπουρα, σκοινιά
Πες πως ταξίδεψε κι αυτός, ο τυχερός, ο τυχερός!