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Thursday, June 3, 2010

NA FIGHT O! (Everybody say, YEAH-YEAH-YEAH-EAH!)



SYNOPSIS:

In this tune, FELA KUTI  is "FIGHTING" everything and everybody that he detests...
Religious leaders (Christian & Islamic) and their subjects for trying to brainwash him and his crowd.
This is the very first time that FELA uttered his trademark "EVERYBODY SAY, YEAH-YEAH" slogan.
He boasts about his skills in the martial arts and boxing that he would employ in these "fights."

HERE's THE LYRICS, IF YOU WANT TO SING-ALONG:
NA FIGHT O

Hooo-heey!

Sho waja mi ni o, Rasaki-o
Sho waja mi ni o, Alhaji
Sho waja mi ni o, Jonathan-i-o
Sho waja mi ni o, Reveren-i
Sho waja mi ni o, wo mi o dada
Sho waja mi ni o, Oya common now-haaaah!

Mo nja gidigbo bi were, sho gbo o,
Mo nja Ka-ra-te bi were, sho gbo o
Mo nja boxer bi were, sho gbo o
Mo nja gidigbo bi were, sho gbo o,
Mo nja Ka-ra-te bi were, sho gbo o

Eelo-helo, he-lo-lo-lo, oh
He-lo, helo, he-lo-lo-lo, hooh!

Heeey-heey!

Sho waja mi ni o, Rasaki-o
Sho waja mi ni o, Lemomu
Sho waja mi ni o, Peter-o
Sho waja mi ni o, Bishop-u
Sho waja mi ni o, wo mi o, Afrika ni,
Sho waja mi ni o, Oya common now...

Oooh-hooo!

Mo nja gidigbo bi were, sho gbo o,
Mo nja Ka-ra-te bi were, sho gbo o
He-lo, helo, he-lo-lo-lo, hooh!
He-lo, helo, he-loooo...

Haaa!

[Instrumental interlude...]

Ohh...
Sho fe bamija ni o, ma-a bo...  huuh-ooh!
Sho fe bamija ni o, ma-a bo...  huuh-huh!
Ma so fun e bi mo se je,  ye-ye, ye-ye-ye...  keh-reh!
Ma so fun e bi mo se je,  ye-ye, ye-ye-ye...  keh-reh!

Oooh...

Mo nja gidigbo bi were, l'ati e
Mo nja Ka-ra-te bi were, sho gbo o
Mo nja boxer bi were, sho gbo o
Mo nja bo-ox bi were, sho gbo o
Mo mo nipa ifa o, bi were l'ati e
Mo wa'mo nipa ifa o, bi were sho gbo o

Ma na e pa s'Eko yi o bi were, sho gbo o
Mo nja feshelu bi were, sho gbo o
Ma na e pa s'Eko yi o bi were, sho gbo o

O ma s'are o, O ma f'eti e
O ma s'are o, O ma f'eti e
O ma s'are o, O ma f'eti e
Hey-jay-jay-jay-jay-jay-jay...  haaaah!
Oooh, oh-lo-lo-lo, lo-lo, lo-looooh

Now...
I'm gonna speak in English now for the benefit of the everybody crowd!
How do you like that, Everybody crowd?   Yeah-Yeah...
Now please sing with me now like brothers and sisters,
Now together now, listen...

Haaaa....
Everybody, everybody now
Everybody, everybody now!
Everybody, everybody now
Everybody, everybody now

Everybody say - Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Common -   Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Everybody say - Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Common -   Yeah-Yeah-eah
One more time...  Yeah-Yeah-eah! 
Common -   Yeah-Yeah-eah!

Ohh-hooh...

For the benefit of the Everybody crowd, 
Outside of this record
Now listen, let us sing together now,
Like brothers and like sisters, now listen...
With the whole band...

Ooh, common, common...

Everybody! - Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Yeah-Yeah-eah!
Yeah-Yeah-eah!

Oooohhh!







1 comment:

  1. Hi Deen,
    We corresponded back in 2008 about Fela and the massive 40 CD set released by Evergreen. I've come across a lot of rare Fela videos and audio recordings and would love to trade some if you're still doing that. I tried emailing you at Yahoo, but try me at GilpinR@mailbox.sc.edu.
    Robert

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