Remedy

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released October 26, 2013

A Mankala Band & Global Wave Of Sound Production

Recorded & mixed by Christian de Juan, Bristol, UK, Nov 2012-Sept 2013

Mastered at Optimum Mastering, Bristol, UK

Artwork design by Laetitia Rocke

Photos by: Antonio Mayor, Antonio Rojas, Sol Stephens, Bego Aiden, Aurore Teuira, Sibusiso Tshabalala

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Musicians:
Simwinji Zeko: Guitars, lead & backing vocals
Christian de Juan: Guitars, bass, lead & backing vocals, percussions
Mark Leaver: Lead & back vocals
Justin Fellows: Drum Kit, djembe, percussions
Lisa Cherian: Congas
Dale Hambridge: Keys
Nick Malcolm: Trumpet
Ben Plocki: Alto, bari & bass sax
Liam Treasure: Trombone

Featured guest musicians:
Ibou Tall: Keys
Sam Ross: Keys
Jim Blomfield: Keys
Paul Marshall: Bass & baritone backing vocals
Dave Johnston: Bass
Moussa Kouyate: Kora
John Hardeman: Surdos, tamborim, triangle, frijideira, pandeiro, cuica
Jack McCarthy: Congas
Jason Newman: Drum Kit
Rory Fransis: Congas, Shekere
Mandla Mahlala, Thobile Mahlaba, Bhekani Shabangu, Thokozani Vilakazi & Monica Ngwenya (Amaqhawe Choir): Backing vocals

Thank you notes:
Mankala Band would like to give a special thanks, un grand merci, muchas gracias: To all our families and loved ones for sticking by us through thick and thin. To all the past members of Mankala for contributing to our path and leaving your musical imprint with us, especially Omer Makessa and Alphonse Daudet for co-writing and inspiring some of the early days ideas revived on this album. To Willie Mbuende for his relentless optimism, positivity and of course for his song Sisi! To the Amaqhawe choir for adding your authentic IsiKhaya South African spice and to Ben Knight for facilitating this and allowing us to contribute to such a great cause, Project Zulu… may the children keep dancing and singing! To Laetitia Rocke for your graphic design and being so patience with us! To Sam Ross for the Space Echo RE201. To all the guest musicians on this album, or should we say, extended Mankala family… for adding your musical magic (John Hardeman, Moussa Kouyate, David Johnston, Ibou Tall, Jim Blomfield, Paul Marshall, Rory Francis, Jack McCarthy, Sam Ross & Jason Newman). To all the Chai Wallah crew for believing in our music and for your awesome stage! Last but absolutely not least, thanks to everyone who has danced and shaken their booty at our gigs over the years...you provide the sunshine for our music and long may it continue!

This album is dedicated to ‘Madiba’, aka Nelson Mandela, whose compassion and spirit of forgiveness is an inspiration and a legacy to all people and all nations.

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Mankala Bristol, UK

Formed by a multi-national collective with a common love for African music, Mankala’s sound is greatly influenced by a variety of styles, from the joyous sounds of Soukous and Township to the hypnotic grooves of Afro-Beat and the Desert Blues, forging ‘original high energy African fusion Music’ with a distinctive style and a positive message. ... more

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Track Name: Sisi
Si situna npenda ngoma
Ngoma yakila situ
Si situna npenda ngoma
Ngoma yetu haina mwisho mama

Si situna npenda ngoma
Karibu karibu tusta rehe
Si situna npenda ngoma
Kila mutuha tafura ile wo

Sensabu Sensabu Sensabu Sensabu Yeh...

Goma Goma Goma ya kiabuga
Goma Goma Goma ya kiabuga
Tu cheze tu imbe goma ya kiabuga
Goma Goma Goma ya kiabuga
Goma Goma Goma ya kiabuga
Goma Goma Goma ya Kiabuga
Tunaharibi shawa tu apalewo
Goma Goma Goma ya Kiabuga

Sisi Sisi Sisi Sisi, Eh mama Eh mama Eh mama Eh mama
Sisi Sisi Sisi Sisi, Eh mama Eh mama Eh mama Eh mama…
Track Name: Wemfana, Wemfazi & The Township Jive!
Egoli lela kwandonga setuna…
Ilanga le, lizazi le…

He was a lonely boy in the heart of Soweto,
taking all his chances just to fight in the ghetto
His dream was to make it in the movie shows
But he wouldn’t work for anyone who’d let him so...

Ilanga le, wemfazi, lizazi le, wemfana, ilanga le wemadoda

He would work for his mother in the laundry,
And he worked for his father in the fields,
He climbed for his neighbor on the roof above
And he slaved in the shelter serving meals
He used to sing on the corner with an old guitar
One day he set it right down to push a broken-down car
From out of the car stepped the old chief's' wife, she said...
“Thank-you my son you really saved my life!”
Township Jive township jive…

He pushed the car right to the front of her home
And told her of his love for the movie shows
This lady she was wealthy way beyond her means...
But she yearned for the feeling of a chasing dream

Ilanga le, wemfazi, lizazi le, wemfana, ilanga le wemadoda

Two weeks later a box arrived
With the finest movie camera ever seen inside
He jumped for joy and then he sang with pride
I go to tell the world of the Township Jive

Township Jive! Amatiyoyo tina, Township Jive!...
Track Name: Old From The New
When you don’t know what’s true can you give me one groove?
Take the old from the new tell me “fair trade for who?”
When the river’s so strong carries you all along
In the darkness of night we’re gonna show you what’s right

When you don’t know what’s true can you give me one groove?
Take the old from the new tell me, “who’s harming who?”
If the masses unite we can carry one fight
From the journey inside to the people with pride

When traditions are lost gonna find to your cost
That the sea has the might and the mountains the height
To withstand all the years or allay all your fears
Cause we’re drying our tears, whilst the Mother Nature’s crying...

And the rivers flood, her anger is shaking the earth from above
We’ve gotta lift her back up!

People of the revolution, children of the earth
Be proud of your traditions and their evolution
Take pride in yourself be proud of your worth
Lift her back up my friends....Lift her back up

Take the old from the new, take the old from the new,
When you don’t know what’s just true Take the old from the new...
Track Name: Muchacha
Chacha muchacha muchacha mucha!
Track Name: Remedy
Will you take my soul as a remedy?
There's a little piece of you left on the street
Will you take my soul as a remedy?
There's a little piece of you that must be free.

Can you take this dance as a remedy?
There's a little bit of movement in your feet
Can you take this dance as a remedy?
There's a little piece of you inside the melody.

I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
There's no-one left to blame it’s only me
I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
Cause we alone decide our destiny

Can you take this dhamma remedy?
There's a little bit of heart inside the beat
Can you take this dhamma remedy?
We stand alone, we face the dawn ...just be

I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
There's no-one left to blame its only me
I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
Cause we alone decide what's meant to be
I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
There's no-one left to blame its only me
I'm a ruler, I'm a ruler, I'm a conqueror
Cause we alone decide what's meant to be.

The answer lies deep inside you…
The strength lies deep inside you…
Keep searching deep inside you…
Track Name: Abururu
Ku yangana yangana, Welele (Nyanja: Looking here and there)
Tiona zambiri, Welele (We see lots of things)
Ku nvela ti nvela, Welele (We hear, yes we can hear)
Ti nvesesa nditu, Welele (We listen deeply and carefully)
Lelo taona, Welele (Today we see)
Muli nawenye, Welele (You are full of lies)
Welele Welele Welele Welele

Azimai ye he he he (Mothers, Aunts, Sisters..)
Azibambo ye he he he (Fathers, Uncles, Brothers..)
Sungani bana he he he (Look after, care and protect the children)
Sungani banja he he he (Look after, care and protect the family)

There's a feeling inside for you all
And it won't go away
We came here to break down the wall
And we won't go away
There's a healing in time for the fall
So stay for the day
We came here to break down the walls
We ain’t going no where

Abururu Abururu Abururu…
Track Name: Shadows Of Chaisa
On the road to Kalomo searching for the lost soul of Africa
Tell me why there are people sleeping homeless in the town?
It’s a long way from Kasama, moonchild in the shadows of Pelindaba
Tell me why crazy young men lie with guns on the ground?
In the valleys of Tugela, rivers running wild...
Tell me why shadowed fighters are no older than a child?
In the mountains are warriors fighting where Kaguvi died
And over oceans are brothers shouting “Peace oh worldwide”

Sungura, sungura, voice of the people (One vibe, one way forward)
Chaisa, Chaisa, story of the soul...(Give it more energy)
Sungura, Sungura, heartbeat of the people
Chaisa, Chaisa, one rhythm for the world...

There is only one type of consciousness that keeps us all as one
Travelling many different pathways where the demon battles love
There is only one type of restlessness that keeps us riding high
That’s the man who shouts “Chaisa” and does whats right

Lisazi li fitile, mutalime hande
(Lozi: The sun has arrived, look carefully around you)
Now you're feeling lighter laughing for a brighter way
Letani chikonde, kamutora luyando
(Nyanja and Tonga: Bring the love, take the love)
Breaking down the weapons from the barrel to the leather handle
Kamutelela bantu mazuba asika ye eh
(Tonga: Listen carefully people, our days have arrived)
Now the chains and shackles falling, crashing at our feet...
Ndakabona bantu balayanda luyando ye eh...
(Tonga: I saw the people want and need love)
It’s the music of love and the people that we meet...
Track Name: Rhythm For Sounds
And so your walking in the fields
with the sun beating down
There's a song in the air
And there's sweat on your brow
You've travelled so far
Just on what's in the jar...
You've got pennies for pounds
Rhythm for sounds
No political ambition
Just community foundation
Give me rhythmic inspiration
With melodic intonation
There's no incorrect decision
To help build a generation
If you've got a greater vision
Help your brother keep your patience.
Help your brother keep your patience...
Now you running in the fields....
With the sun beating down…
Track Name: Senga Merengue
Senga maleya amunao senga maleya amunao
Senga maleya ah ah ah senga maleya ah ah ah
Somtanemba amunao Somtanemba amunaho
Somtanemba ah ah ah somtanemba ah ah ah

So bring your sons and your daughters to the well forth and drink
They’re so precious but caught up in a world on
 the brink
Take all the wisdom from the teachers of past
Love and compassion is so close to the last my friend…
There are those who’ve been twisted there are those who’ve been torn
Those who have come unto this place wrought of war
My daughter you’re never very far from my thoughts
How I wish you solutions to the questions you’ve brought today…

Senga maleya amunao…
Track Name: One For The Road
One for the road (x4)
Ella me lleva, me desespera
Mi carretera, mi traicionera
One for the road, ella me lleva
One for the road, de que manera
One for the road, mi carretera
One for the road, mi bandolera

Translation from Spanish: She takes me, she drives me to despair, my road, my path, my travelled lady, my betrayer, she takes me in what a way!, my road, my path, my party lady