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Real Life

from International Feeling by Mankala

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kevbird The rapport between harsh life and hope...This track immerses one in a reggae environment complete with upbeats, dub echoe and background sounds of daily life.
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Internet surfer, I'd rather have water
Phones and pagers, gimmie some nature
Asthma inhaler, a damn road rager
Tax evader, nicotine craver.

Don't wanna be a dealer, I'll never be a squealer
Undercover achiever, musical believer
Don't care if you're a winner, you think you're a loser...
...roulette spinner, chemical abuser.

This is the Real Life.

Because we are not crusaders we are just storytellers,
Come read it in the papers, we're listeners not yellers.
Remember and try to express....the Real Life.

Call back later, one o'clock waker
Overdraft breaker, sick-note faker
A pinstripe banker, mercedes driver
Real top ranker, job provider
A subway sleeper, voluntary worker
Real life-saver...never in the paper
Tabloid writer, no better than a spider
Greed inviter, rat race rider.

(Da Fuchaman)
Let me tell you ‘bout the life I know
Things maybe tuff but we’re taking it slow
Let me tell you ‘bout the life I know
Nuff tribulation in the way I grow
Got to rise, we got to rise everyday
Down on your knees and give Jah most high praise
People you better change your ways
Ask the most high offer them calm days

Every day it’s a struggle and that type of trouble man its always double
The wicked na fi want me to smile a me’s a rebel,
Whacha know ghetto people just be humble
Now we’ve got to make it in a real life with kids and wife.

Just keep fightin’ with all of your might… in a real life, we’re gonna make it

Keep on fighting and keep surviving
Calm down we got to keep on rising
The world we’re living in you know we’ve got to survive in
Keep on fighting and keep surviving…

Monday to Monday me got to survive
Work hard every day got to stay alive
Just keep climbing, just keep rising
Don’t ever give up man now don’t you give in!

Real life I gotta make it in a real life…


from International Feeling, released December 14, 2016
Leaver/De Juan/Paillard (featuring Da Fuchaman)


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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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