Music For the Weekend – Nigeria And Fela Themed Songs!

 Ironically, as Nigeria celebrates her 52nd year of independence in the month of October, the first few days in the month have been very difficult for most Nigerians. The nation has moved from floods to brutal murders to robberies and more.

 

But Nigerians are resilient people, and as if to agree with this observation, October is also the month of celebrating one of Nigeria’s biggest Legends and political rebels, Fela Anikulapo- Kuti.

 

So the music being recommended for the weekend is more of Fela’s discography. Now is the time to dust your records of the Afro beat king and tune your mind to the messages he had for Nigeria and about Nigeria.

 

I have struggled to select only 5 songs from both Fela and Femi Kuti, songs that I think carry a message for Nigeria and can also help Nigerians take a load off and relax this weekend. I for one would be listening to Femi Kuti and Fela Kuti through this weekend. Also, don’t forget to check the event line-up for Felabration 2012. It starts this week.

 

And for those that want to mix things up, I have also added 3 new school songs that still have similar messages for Nigeria. Enjoy!

 

Sorrow, Tears And Blood– Fela Kuti

In this particular song Fela talks about a desire to live and survive even through all the problems going on around the society. He talks about how there is confusion, and an absence of proper leadership, and even though the people are fighting for survival, the trademark is sorrow, tears and blood.

 

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Suffering And Smiling – Fela Kuti

 

In this song, Fela Kuti describes the daily lives of Africans as one where they are constantly “Shuffering and Shmiling”, and holding on to a hope that seems out of reach.

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Zombie – Fela Kuti

In Fela’s ‘Zombie’, he depicts Nigerians as people who are now so used to following orders and not thinking for themselves. This is one of his most popular songs with a very catchy refrain “Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go (Zombie), Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop (Zombie), Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn (Zombie), Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think (Zombie)”

 

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Sorry Sorry – Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti sings of his pity for Nigeria because of the repair that the county needs. This song mirrors the theme behind his father’s “Zombie”. This particular song is about 8 minutes long and the song itself takes a while to start.

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Eh Oh (Eho) – Femi Kuti

 

This song focuses on the future of Nigeria, and Femi sings that even when the rain falls, the sun will shine brightly again.

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We All Need Something – Brymo

Brymo’s acoustic tune really puts one in a reflective mood, as he serenades your ears singing that the nation is going through a lot at this time, but all we have is us.

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The Future – TY Bello

This song by Ty Bello is always appropriate for Nigeria because it is a song of encouragement and hope for the future. The future is here, and Nigeria is set to change history.

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The Way I Feel – Asa

This is one of the songs off Asa’s Beautiful Imperfection album, and Asa has always been able to draw her audience in with her deep and strong voice as she sings of Nigeria, sometimes mixing her lyrics with Yoruba. My best part of this song would be “I feel like we&#39re all following shadows, and shadows they don&#39t know where to go, I feel like I&#39m waiting for tomorrow, While today wastes away”

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