Remedy

by Mankala

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1.
Sisi 08:03
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…
2.
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!...
3.
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...
4.
Muchacha 01:53
Chacha muchacha muchacha mucha!
5.
Remedy 07:32
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…
6.
Abururu 05:44
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…
7.
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...
8.
East On West 03:00
9.
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…
10.
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…
11.
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

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released October 26, 2013

Recorded & mixed by Christian de Juan at Unit 2 Mivart Studios, between November 2012 and September 2013, Bristol, UK

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

Produced by Mankala

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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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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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