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Truth of Things

by Adam Solomon

Truth of Things (Ukweli wa mambo): Blues--the music of our mothers. These same melodies have been sung for many years with the African slaves who were brought to America.My style is based on African traditional Mijikenda blues from my homeland coast kenya
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Education
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2. Kina Mama
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3. Kasonzo
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4. Likambo Nini
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5. Wira Wa Lungo
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6. Truth of Things
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7. Nivoyeni Salaama
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8. Tumaini
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9. Tenda Mema
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10. Fisherman's Blues
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11. Adam Makossa
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TRUTH OF THINGS
(Ukweli wa Mambo)
ADAM SOLOMON
#SoundsOfTheBunguu - is a goat stringed instrument!

1. Elimu (Education)
I’ve got thoughts banging around my head, like an endless dream, like a quiz. Tell me that the things that are meant to be, will be. You, who are now teenagers, this is how it is, today's life is different. We have to work hard, and if you have children, you must send them to school so they can learn, and become people of honour. Mothers and fathers, old and young, education has no limits! Education is the foundation of life! 5:32

2. Kina Mama (Ladies and Gentlemen)
Ulingo is a dance. In the night time in Africa, all the children from the village will come out and play and sing together when the moon is shining. I call out to them: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys! Hello, distinguished guests! Let's dance Ulingo, twist your waist, wind your waist while you roll down, down, down, roll all the way to the waters of the ocean (Bingiri, bingiri, bingiri, bingiri mpaka pwani)! 6:11

3. Kasonzo
Kasonzo is an estate in Mombasa town that is built near the ghettos. It was like paradise and hell at the same time, and people took chances in their lives. The police could arrest you or you’ll be robbed by thugs; it’s a place where people make moonshine and get drunk, where there’s a lot of prostitution and drugs, places at very cheap rent, or just build your own ghetto home (kibanda) and join in. People would say, be alert if you’re going to Kasonzo! 4:16

4. Likambo Nini (What's Going On?)
My wife left with my children, to her harsh parents. What did I do? What can I say? It's breaking my heart! She even cleaned the house out and left with everything. Where shall I sleep, where shall I stay? Who can advise me? Where should I go? I was abroad, looking for work to take care of our family. Why did you leave me? What about our children? My heart is falling apart inside me. 5:02

5. Wira wa Lungo (The Reed Sifter-Tray Song)
The wira wa lungo in Mijikenda is not only used to separate chaff from wheat, rice, corn. It's also used as a musical instrument to create rhythm. It becomes a shaker once it is filled with ornaments or seeds, and even your pocket change can be used to make the sound. The story goes: Send my greetings to my lovely friend, Kachinga, in Kaya. Tell him I've brought him a present from abroad, a nice suit. I'd like him to try it on fast, just to see if it'll fit him, so please hurry. We'll meet down by the shopping centre, and if the suit doesn’t fit, then we'll get it tailored. It's tradition for one to bring presents when one visits friends and family in Africa, especially if you're coming out from abroad! It's always a good thing to do. 4:37

6. Ukweli wa Mambo (Truth of Things)
It's not nice to leave your wife alone, especially when you're still raising your children together. At times of sickness, two hands are better than one in helping with shared responsibilities as parents. Today a problem has arisen and you're nowhere to be found; what should be said about you? Now what, now what (Sasa vikara dede, sasa vikara dede)?  Drinking away from home is not an excuse, you can still drink at home--and if you get drunk, you're already at home. 4:28

7. Nivoyeni Salaama (Wish Me a Safe Journey)
Bless me with peace, and pray that I have a peaceful journey. I’m going very far, but our trade is in livestock, and now I’m on my way to Kilifi township. The journey is too far! I realize also I’ll have to turn around again and travel to another township where I can sell my livestock for a good price, and if not then there will still be another township, like Mazeras, Mariakani, Ribe, Kambe or Kaloleni. Please wish me a peaceful and safe journey (Nivoyeni salaama)! In the hot scorching sun and dust, as I pass through village after village, looking to trade in livestock, I’m looking for the best deal. Pray that I go with peace and return to our village, to my father and mother. 5:11

8. Tumaini (Hope)
Tumaini means hope. I have hope. When you have hope, good things happen, so keep up the optimism, and be positive about good things happening through good hope. This includes traveling, jobs, career, school studies, politics, and our daily life as a whole. We hope for good things to happen, even in relationships. 4:28

9. Tenda Mema (Good Deeds)
Do good deeds, live well, appreciate every little good thing in your life. Good deeds bring blessings, and even guidance from God. We should all live in peace and one love. All is blessings; love your neighbour, help the poor, work to build your community. Don't steal or take what is not yours, help the orphans and widows, and free the helpless. I am trying to do what is right, as it will bring good and grace! 5:29

10. Fisherman’s Blues
In the village, teenagers gather and talk about going out fishing. Some make a decision to wait for tomorrow, but the brave ones decide to go that same day, because sometimes tomorrow never comes--it can rain and the waters will be filled with red soil from the rivers inland, and that means you can’t see the catch, and you can get caught in dangerous currents! Let's do this, the sooner the better, and getting back home earlier means we’ll celebrate with a feast. 4:58

11. Adam Makossa
I feel like I'm blind and deaf; all I need is your love. When I think of you, I feel like butterflies in my heart! Give me your love…I'm dying for your love. Now in the end, when I come to think about it, maybe it wasn't right at all. If it were, then you would have been with me. In fact, it wasn’t right at all! 5:43

NOTE: The Mijikenda people of coastal Kenya were originally herdsmen, farmers, hunters, and fishermen and follow their cultural beliefs about “Kaya”, a sacred place to go for prayers to God to give thanks when there rains, or to pray if there is a breakout of disease. As well, meetings of elders will take place there.

Musician, producer, composer, and author: Adam Solomon © Socan - Audiam – MPL Golden Goose Productions Toronto, Ontario, Canada cdbaby.com/cd/adamsolomon14
Photography: Nancy Barrett--Nature's Dance Photography
#SoundsOfTheBunguu Copyright 2017 by Adam Solomon



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