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Desert Road

from International Feeling by Mankala

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Only ten years young when they tore him away from his home
Put a gun in his hand and taught him that brother was foe.
Never know, a childhood stolen
How wicked and cold, to put war in his soul

As he was sleeping the Desert would call to his dreams
And sing to him stories of hope and of paths unseen.
For how many years would morning bring fears?
And his mother cried tears that would fill all the valley below

The day that the Desert called him he woke with a start
And the General cried out in pain with a knife in the dark
“The Desert’s alive!” the soldiers cried
And the young boy knew this day was true

The flowers lay paths of bloom at the young man’s feet
And he ran across dunes of colour through walls of deceit
“Take me home, take me home”
“My Desert, my road, just take me home”


from International Feeling, released December 14, 2016
Adamo/De Juan/Leaver/Ottaviani/Zeko


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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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