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Conditions of Life

by Likklelightning

Uplifting roots reggae songs with messages about faith, love, peace, sadness, happiness and fun.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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1. Temptation
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2. Early Morning Flash
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3. Busy Fox
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4. Magnum Tonic Wine
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5. Cyaan Sleep
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6. Burn Dem Out
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7. Babylon
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8. Mama Africa
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9. Dark African Girl
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10. Sunshine
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11. Matey Laugh
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These songs were all written by Likkle Lightning and recorded at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica over a 10 year period. They vary from deep roots reggae to a dancehall style, discussing some major aspects of life. I hope you enjoy listening to them and dancing to the beat.

TEMPTATION (Faith)
This song was inspired by seeing my friends being killed by guns or ruined by cocaine. It is about the youths in the streets and their struggles with drugs and violence. It asks them to change their ways, keep faith in God and cope with problems in life to improve their success. “I won’t give up Jah faith, make evil come through mi gate.”

EARLY MORNING FLASH (Work)
This was inspired by my grandparents who never had a paying job but worked hard on their farm to meet harvest deadlines and manage livestock. I moved there from Kingston at 12yrs old and have been forever impressed by their example of simple work ethic versus city violence. “I cyaan afford to be late, I don’t wanna lose my wage.”

BUSY FOX (Evil)
This song was inspired by the religious concept of Satan. I was taught that Satan was an evil entity who caused harm but came to realize that Satan is a force for evil within all of us that we need to keep under control – “lock him in a box and melt up the key”

MAGNUM TONIC WINE (Fun)
This song was inspired by the popular singing competition Magnum Kings and Queens in Jamaica. I never actually entered it in the competition but include it in this first album as a fun song, celebrating the Jamaican way of enjoying life through music, dancing, and loving each other. “She don’t want no man who a play dilly dally”

CYAAN SLEEP (Lost love)
This was inspired by the experience of betrayal by my first love. It highlights the deep pain of loss, the darkness and misery of a broken heart that takes over your whole life for a long time. “Never see no reason for you to leave me”.

BURN DEM OUT (Togetherness)
These lyrics were inspired by seeing bad things happening all over the world. Violence, religious intolerance, starvation, lack of education: all things that can be avoided. I hope that we can get rid of governance by political or religious regimes that create these conditions so we can all live and work together in harmony. “Burn dem out, burn out dem evil ways, burn out dem evil hearts”.

BABYLON (Oppression)
Rastafarians call all things bad “Babylon” so this song is about how modern day ghetto conditions can be even worse than slavery. A descendent of African slaves, I was inspired to write this song about how lack of opportunity is driving the youth into even darker days of violence, guns, drugs and oppression. “Babylon, di ghetto youths dem scared.”

MAMA AFRICA (Belonging)
This song is homage to the “homeland” of Africa. Rastafarians hope to return sometime, if not to Africa itself, to a place of peace and harmony, where violence and destruction no longer exist and everyone lives together as one people. “Mama Africa, wi waan come home.”

DARK AFRICAN GIRL (Love)
This song celebrates the feelings between men and women, and reinforces the happiness, joy and contentment that women bless men with. It praises women from all over the world but especially those from Africa and Jamaica. “Special princess, one of a kind. One of a kind, next one hard to find.”

SUNSHINE (Peace)
The sun shining brightly inspired this song. The lyrics contrast the bright side of life, sunshine and rain that nurture us, with the dark side that hurts us, violence and loss. It is a plea for more brightness. “Cos when the rain a fall, it no fall for I alone and when the sun a shine, it no shine for you alone.”

MATEY LAUGH (Pride)
This is more of a funny, upbeat dancehall song that highlights the roles of some women in men’s lives. Matey woman (a mistress) uses men to get all that she needs or wants without having the consequences of marriage and a man to look after. “Matey no worry, Matey no fret. Inna Matey bankbook, thick til it fat.” “No man cyaan bounce you like no football. No man cyaan use her like no floor mat.”

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