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Fela Kuti - Colonial Mentality

  • Künstler/in: Fela Kuti (Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti)
  • Album: Sorrow Tears and Blood (LP) (1977)
English (Nigerian Pidgin)
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Colonial Mentality

Colo-mentality
 
If you say you be colonial man
You don be slave man before
Them don release you now
But you never release yourself
 
I say you fit never release yourself
Colo-mentality
E be say you be colonial man
You don be slave man before
Them don release you now
But you never release yourself
 
E be so
E be so them dey do, them dey overdo
All the things them dey do
(E be so!)
 
E be so them dey do, them dey think
Dey say dem better pass them brothers
No be so?
(E be so!)
 
De ting wey black no good
Na foreign things them dey like
No be so?
(E be so!)
 
Dem go turn air condition
And close dem country away
No be so?
(E be so!)
 
Them judge him go kack wig
And jail him brother away
No be so?
(E be so!)
 
Dem go proud of dem name
And put dem slave name for head
No be so?
(E be so!)
 
Colo-mentality now make you hear me now
 
Colo-mentality
Colo-mentality
 
Mr. Ransome you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Williams you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Allia you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Mohammed you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Anglican you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Bishop you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Catholic you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Muslim you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Na Africa we dey o make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Na Africa we dey o make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Colo-mentality hear (Colo-mentality!)
Colo-mentality hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Ransome you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Mr. Ransome you make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Na Africa we dey o make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Na Africa we dey o make you hear (Colo-mentality!)
Colo-mentality hear (Colo-mentality!)
Colo-mentality hear (Colo-mentality!)
 
Colo-mentality...
 
  • You don be slave man before Them don release you ...:

    “Colonial Mentality” follows in the similar lampoon of the title track, emphasizing that those who wish to live in a post-colonial mentality are in essence living as slaves. Musically, the Africa 70 returns to a more funk and jazzy grooves while relaying a pertinent message to those who looked to Fela as a leader of the resistance.

  • E be so!:

    The vocal chorus respond to each rhetorical question with an emphatic "It be so!" The singers are seven of Fela's wives: Tejumade, Kewe, Runke, Alake, Emaruagheru, Felintola and Shade.

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Von ulissescoroaulissescoroa am Sa, 08/05/2021 - 01:59 eingetragen
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“Colonial Mentality” was the second side of Fela's 1977 album "Sorrow Tears and Blood". He wrote the title track in the weeks following the South African apartheid regime's murderous crushing of the Soweto uprising of 16 June 1976. That lyrics is among the most moving Fela wrote, and "Colonial Mentality" is among the most acerbic. The context is set by Afrika 70's vocal chorus. "He be say you be colonial man. You don be slave for before. Dem on release you now - but you never release yourself."

"Colonial Mentality" is a withering lampoon of post-colonialism and its debilitating effect on Africa's conficende and ability to develop politically and economically. It ridicules the post-colonial cultural inferiority complex of Nigeria's governing elite, in which European manners and customs were regarded as intrinsically superior to traditional African ones. Fela had addressed the same subject on previous songs, notably on 1973's "Gentleman".

 

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