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  • Dziwo nefa - Susu Bilibi - Traditional Music from Togo, West Africa

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P & C December 1998
- Face Music / Albi

- last update 03-2016

- FM 50002 - P & C 1988
more information songs

1. Dziwo nefa, keep your cold blood - 4:00
2. Olé - 4:40
3. Agbatesrafo, mercenaries into hell - 5:54
4. Nye me woe, revolt for acquittal - 5:08
5. Miwonovi, let's be together - 7:30
6. Ogoumouva, big assault - 5:40
7. Sodabi, alcohol - 5:35
8. Ewa, come together - 3:19

Our special thanks to the following for helping to make the album:
- Uli Balss and Friedel Muders, Jaro/Fuego.

- 1. Dziwo nefa - keep your cold blood - Keep calm, my brother. Don't envy me.
I beg you, put away your weapon, for death brings help to no-one. Think above all of your success. Keep your cold blood!

- 2. Olé - Olé, I beseech you, free South Africa. End the agony in Namibia. You have go everything you wanted from us. Our life's happiness. You have money, cars, houses. Let us live in our huts, which are all we have left. Olé, I beseech you. End the agony of the people of South Africa.

- 3. Agbatesrafo - mercenaries into hell - The song calls upon mercenaries who intervene in political disputes between African people or who cause unrest by their own activities to stop meddling in African affairs. They are damned as trigger happy fends and called upon to leave Africa. Africa should not be a battlefield!

- 4. Nye me woe - revolt for acquittal - I get the blame for things I have never done. I am innocent! No-one believes me and acquits me. I shall rebel. I shall do the things they accuse me of.

- 5. Miwonovi - let's be together - Let us be together! Brothers from all over the world! You deserted me when I was suffering , right until my death. Now you know what I was. A human being. Only the living can see the gifts you brought me after my death.

- 6. Ogoumouva - big assault! - Wild animals are strong when they unite. Lions and elephants had the strength to beat off the hunter who was out to shoot them. The hunter threw his gun away and beat retreat. He told his children about it ....

- 7. Sodabi - alcohol - Alcohol makes them unhappy, turns them into criminals. But they used to hold positions of respect - teachers, directors etc. What has become of them? Tramps? Who knows their fate? But alcohol doesn't solve their problems.

- 8. Ewa - come together - Let us all be friends. Let us enjoy being together. People from hill and dale, we are calling you! Let us all unite and be at peace together.

African folk music has always flourished under ideal conditions, so to speck, for music is very much a part of life and life itself closely linked with the free expression of feelings and emotions. African drums - Tam Tams - are played everywhere and on all manner of occasions - at family celebrations, religious ceremonies or simply to add some cheer to everyday chores. Every kind of occasion has its own particular rhythms.
But the slave trade with America robbed the Africans of their identity. They were even forbidden to make music, their most important means of communication, and were especially denied the use of their drums. The Whites even wanted to force their own culture on their slaves. As a result black musicians frequently tried to free their music from all faces of European influence.

"Susu Bilibi", a modern African band from Togo, on the other hand, sets out to enrich its own local traditions, such as "High Life" with additional material from the Euro-American musical scene.

These musicians from Togo see themselves both as singers and prophets. They seek to reconcile the dark spirits of the soul with bodily pleasures by menus of their music and dance. Their music is percussive and they use Maracas (rattles), African bells, cleaves, Hooches and other traditional instruments. They sing in two Togo languages - Ewa and Ana - songs which tell of peace and togetherness.

leader "Ayité Ayivi"group "Susu Bilibi", Togo