Afrobeat Blaster

by Chief Udoh Essiet

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This record was originally released as a 33T LP (vinyl), CD, and Cassette on the French FNAC Music label in 1991.

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released May 27, 1991

All songs ©SACEM by Chief Udoh Essiet and Sherry Margolin
Lead Vocals, Piano, Keyboards: Sherry Margolin
Percussion, Backing Vocals: Chief Udoh Essiet
Drums: Nicolas “Ringo” Avom
Bass: André Manga OR Hilaire Penda
Tenor Guitar : Jacques Djeyim
Rhythm Guitar : Claude Dibongue
Trumpet: Olotorin Laleye
Flugelhorn: Gbenga Laleye
Alto Sax: Segun Ogedengbe
Tenor Sax: Adeyinka Osindeinde
Trombone: Tiwalade Ogunlowo
Backing Vocals: Natty Abyssatu, Chief Udoh Essiet, Evelyne Guyon, Sherry Margolin, Michael Robinson, Manuelle Stawnikowicz
Recorded at Studio WW in Paris by Michel Wanker and Studio ARK in Paris by Gabriel Lancry.
Mixed at Studio Digital Services in Paris by Dennis Bovell
Mastered (Vinyl, Cassette and CD) at Dyam Music in Paris
Produced by Chief Udoh Essiet and Sherry Margolin
Executive Producers: Blue Moon Productions, Chief Udoh Essiet, and Sherry Margolin
Cover Art and Lettering: Sherry Margolin
Stamps Art: Natacha Krenbol
Front Cover Photography: Bernard Matussiere

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Nigerian born, Paris-based musician Chief Udoh Essiet is known for his exuberant music blending his cultural heritage and politics set over joyous beats. He was the conga soloist for Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti from 1980-83, and studied with legendary highlife musicians like Dr. Victor Olaiya and Rex Lawson. ... more

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Track Name: Trouble No Good
We, we believe
In freedom for our people - we do now
We, we believe-o
In freedom for our people
Let’s all live the way we feel
And enjoy – the way we want to
Let’s enjoy – everyone – the way we want to

But some our people
De thing wey dey enjoy
Is putting dem - for trouble, yeah, for trouble

You know I get one friend who always look for me
When e get problem
E always call me when e need a help
But when thing are going fine, we no dey see am
We no dey hear from am
When e dey for enjoyment.
What type of friend be dat-o?
What type of friend be dat-o?

Instead dem to eat
Instead dem to buy dress
Instead dem to take care of their kid
Dem go run day and night
Looking for something for mind

Hand go dey shake
Stomach go dey turn
Pocket go dey dry
Pikin go hungry
Head go dey pain
Body go dey weak
Eyes go dey change
Police go come

And you think say you dey enjoy?
Your enjoyment go put you for trouble
And you think say you dey enjoy, my brother?
Your enjoyment go put you for trouble, ohhh

TROUBLE NO GOOD-O
Tell am say
TROUBLE NO GOOD-O
Make am hear
TROUBLE NO GOOD-O
Let dem know
TROUBLE NO GOOD-O

Nawa for you-o
Track Name: Who Are You?
Everybody has to come from somewhere
Everybody has to have his roots
Everybody, everybody

I want to know who is who
I want to know you (2x)
I want to know who is who
I want to see the way you do

I say that everyone has roots
You know that everyone has roots
But a man is not like a tree (2x)

If you want to know the world,
You got to move, to see (2x)
If you want to know the world,
You got to move around – to see

If you never move – you never see
If you never look – you never learn
If you never move – you never know
If you never move – you never live

I want to know who is who
I want to know you (2x)
I want to know - WHO ARE YOU?

Who is who, who is who, who, WHO ARE YOU?
Who is who, who is who, who, WHO ARE YOU?
I want to see the way you do
I want to know about you
Show me the way you do (2x)
I want to know about you
I want to know who is who
Tell me WHO ARE YOU?
Show me the way you do (2x)
I want to see the way you do
Ahhhh, tell me
Who is who, who is who, who, WHO ARE YOU?
Track Name: No Condition is Permanent
I want to tell my story – ah-ha
If you live, you got to move
Can’t stay still, you got to get in the groove
Let’s have a party – I want to see you dance
‘Cause if we’re not here tomorrow,
You missed your chance
Too bad!

If you live, you got to know
When you plant a seed, gonna start to grow.
Time is going, so fast.
The things we know today just can’t last
Because…

NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT (2x)
Something’s got to happen
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Everything must change
Everything must change, change change
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Something’s got to happen
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Thinks don’t stay the same
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT

You know I feel so good
Why can’t the feeling stay?
I don’t look for trouble
So don’t you let it come my way – uh-uh
In this life, we make our plans
The way that things are changing
Got to do the best we can

NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT (2x)
When I’m happy I can’t be sad
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
When it’s good it’s not so bad
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
When it’s bad it’s not so good
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
You never never never never
Do the way you should
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT (2x)
Something’s got to happen
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Everything must change
Everything must change, change change
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Something’s got to happen
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Thinks don’t stay the same
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Track Name: Ima
IMA (TOGETHERNESS in Ibibio language of southeast Nigeria)

IMA IKPONG EYEN EKEDI NSO KE ERERIMBOT
IMA IKPONG EYEN EKEKA NSO KE ERERIMBOT
OWO MI YENEKE IMA AFO EDIDU KE MON-O
NDITO ETE EYAK NNYIN IMA IDEM NNYINN

OHHHH, IMA OFON-O
OHHHH, IMA OFON-O
NDITO ETE EYAK NNYIN IMA IDEM NNYINN

translation:
WHAT HAVE WE COME TO THIS WORLD TO DO,
IF WE CAN'T LIKE EACH OTHER?
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
MY PEOPLE, LET'S BE TOGETHER
TOGETHERNESS IS GOOD
Track Name: What Eye Dey See
WHAT EYE DEY SEE - My mouth no fit talk am (2x)
Your mouth no fit talk am - My mouth no fit talk am
My mouth no fit talk am - My mouth no fit talk am
Because too much for mouth to talk

Life of today – Look am de way e be (2x)
Everything is artificial - Look am de way e be (2x)

Before, before
Our people been believe in Nature
I said before
Our people been believe in Nature
Now dem want to challenge Nature - I say
Now dem want to challenge Nature
How can you challenge Nature?
Tell me, how can you challenge Nature?

Life of today – Look am de way e be (2x)
I dey hear about Justice, every day
But I dey see people are suffering, everywhere
I say, I dey hear about Justice
But I dey see people are suffering
Through no fault of their own

WHAT EYE DEY SEE - My mouth no fit talk am (2x)
Your mouth no fit talk am - My mouth no fit talk am
My mouth no fit talk am - My mouth no fit talk am
Because too much for mouth to talk
Track Name: They Must Go
Like dis – comme ça
Comme ça – like dat (2x)
Shake your waist
Shake am (3x)
Hold am – catch am – Easy!

Looka people – dem dey holla
Looka people – dem dey shake-i-o
Looka people – dem dey holla
Bad luck people – THEY MUST GO

Looka people – dem dey lie-o
Looka people – dem dey steal-o
Looka people – dem dey run
Wuru-wuru people – THEY MUST GO

THEY MUST GO
If e no go
THEY MUST GO
If e come back
THEY MUST GO
THEY MUST GO-O-O-O-O, THEY MUST GO (2x)

De people wey hold power,
Dem not want to open road for others
Dem want to eat everything by demself

Wuru-wuru people – THEY MUST GO
Liar people – THEY MUST GO
Racist people – THEY MUST GO
Jealousy people – THEY MUST GO
Make dem go – THEY MUST GO
Push dem away– THEY MUST GO
Send dem out – THEY MUST GO
Make dem go – THEY MUST GO
Dey must go – THEY MUST GO
Opposite people – THEY MUST GO
Bad luck people – THEY MUST GO
Wrong wrong people – THEY MUST GO
Wuru-wuru people – THEY MUST GO

Look dem well
Dem dey shake
Let dem go
Make dem run
Send dem away
Dey must go
Like dis - like dat
Like dis - comme ça
THEY MUST GO-O-O-O-O, THEY MUST GO (2x)
Track Name: Let Them Talk
I know some people who talk-a-talk-a-talk – too much (2x)
When you want to do something good,
Dem go de try to destroy you (2x)
What make my people be like dis?
Because demself can’t make it (2x)

No matter what dem say – LET THEM TALK
We don’t mind what dem say – LET DEM TALK (2x)

There are some people don’t want us to be together
Oh, I know some people don’t like us to be together
They want to tell me that you want me to suffer
They want to tell you that I want you to suffer

No matter what dem say – LET THEM TALK
We don’t mind what dem say – LET DEM TALK (2x)
Track Name: A Beggar Have No Choice
I walka go many country (2x)
I listen for many language
I eat de thing wey dem eat
One thing wen I see everywhere
No country without a beggar (2x)

People who have no house
People who have no food
People who have no shoe
Nobody ask dem why

People are laughing dem
Some of dem close dem eye
Dey tell dem go away
Nobody ask dem why
I say nobody ask dem why

Do you think say dey born like dat?
No! Dem no born like dat!
Do you think say dey come like dat?
No! Dem no come like dat!

You have to know say
Dey come de way you come
You have to know say
Dey come de way I come

De way we come is de way we go go (2x)
Six feet for you – six feet for me
You no go go with your property (2x)

You get house – and a beggar no get
You get job – and a beggar no get
You get car – and a beggar no get
You get everything –
A BEGGAR HAVE NO CHOICE (3x)

One day I meet a beggar for road
Him look like a beggar
Him dress like a beggar
Him smell like a beggar
But e no think like beggar

I put hand for pocket
To give him some coins
E say is not enough
Hah! E no no how I get am
I call him for work
E ask me how much
Him say is not enough
E want to do his own thing
Half-bread-o – E better than none (2x)
Small bread wey you get - E better than none
Instead you to hungry – E better than none

You get house – and a beggar no get
You get job – and a beggar no get
You get car – and a beggar no get
You get everything –
A BEGGAR HAVE NO CHOICE (3x)
Track Name: Any Way is a Way
I never worry
When I don’t get my way
Today may be for you
Tomorrow will be my day
You don’t hear me holla
You don’t hear me talk
You think say na only you get mouth to talk
Because me I no dey talk
You think say I know dey see

Me I dey see-o
ANY WAY IS A WAY

ANY WAY IS A WAY (2x)
People talk people say
We don’t mind what dem say
Come and see what we do (2x)
ANY WAY IS A WAY – IS A WAY

Make you no do bad-i-o, I beg-i-o (2x)
When you come do bad-i-o
When you spoil everything finish
You dey run

You forget say we go meet again (2x)
When you do bad to me
I go do good to you
You forget say we go meet again (2x)

Make you dey hear-o
ANY WAY IS A WAY

ANY WAY IS A WAY (2x)
People talk people say
We don’t mind what dem say
Come and see what we do (2x)
ANY WAY IS A WAY – IS A WAY

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