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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Emmy Kosgei - Taunet Nelel (Kenyan Gospel Song)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a video of and lyrics for Kenyan Gospel singer Emmy Kosgei's Gospel song "Taunet Nelel". Information about Emmy Kosgei and information about the Kalenji people of Kenya, East Africa is also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Emmy Kosgei and all those featured in this video. Special thanks to the producer of this video and the person who transcribed the lyrics of that song into English. Thanks also to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT EMMY KOSGEI
From http://www.kenyanmagazines.com/emmy-kosgei-gospel-queen/ Emmy Kosgei – More than a Gospel Queen (True Love October 2010)
"Emmy Kosgei’s runaway success in vernacular gospel music has raised her profile and revealed a true Kenyan star....

Daughter to highly acclaimed protestant cleric Bishop Jackson Kosgei and his wife Rose, a versatile businesswoman, Emmy grew up in Mogotio in Koibatek District...

Last month she had members of parliament from all over the world on their feet and dancing when she performed at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting held in Nairobi.
She can also count a number of influential Kenyans as her declared fans. And if you consider that Emmy is gospel musician who sings exclusively in Kalenjin, then all these feats become even more amazing...

Her] song ‘Taunet Nelel’… interestingly enough, was written two years ago as a patriotism-meets-Christianity song...

Emmy is not just a gospel artiste. She is also a patriot and philanthropist, and her music seems to spring from a place of healing."
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Emmy Kosgei was born July 22, 1980. She received the BEFFTA* award for Best International Gospel Act - October 2013>
BEFFTA = Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts award (United Kingdom)
http://tnewl.blogspot.com/2013/10/kenyan-gospel-singer-emmy-kosgei.html and
https://www.facebook.com/BEFFTAAWARDSTV

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INFORMATION ABOUT KALENJI PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalenjin_people
"The Kalenjin are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting the Rift Valley Province in Kenya. They are estimated to number a little over 4.9 million individuals as per the Kenyan 2009 census numbers.[2]
… The Kalenjin are believed to have migrated to their present location from the South Sudan-Western around 2,000 years ago.

Until the early 1950s, the Kenyan peoples now known as the Kalenjin did not have a common name; they were usually referred to as the 'Nandi-speaking tribes' by scholars and colonial administration officials, a practice that ended immediately following the adoption of the collective name 'Kalenjin' (cf. Evans-Pritchard 1965)."

In the late 1940s and the early 1950s, several "Nandi-speaking" peoples united to assume the name 'Kalenjin', an expression meaning I say (to you). Due to this effort, the peoples were transformed into a major ethnic group in Kenya. The adoption of the name Kalenjin also involved a standardisation of the different dialects (Nandi,Markweta,Tugen Pogot, Keiyo, Kipsigis, and Sabaot/Sabiny) of the Kalenjin language....

According to the Kenya's 2009 census, The Kalenjin has a population of 4,967,328 people making it the third largest group in Kenya after the Kikuyu, and the Luhya.[2]"...

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Taunet Nelel - Emmy Kosgei



kalenjinz, Published on Jun 16, 2012

Produced by John Nyika
Video by Princecam Media

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LYRICS: TAUNET NELEL [English lyrics from the video's subtitles]
(as sung by Emmy Kosgei)

It is a new day… new direction
No turning back, no more worries
I am doing new things

Don’t let your heart worry
Don’t be discouraged by your past.
I will turn your sorrows into joy,
Behold, I am doing new things.

I will make a way in the desert and in mighty waters
and straighten all crooked ways
I will break the iron gates
And the weapons set against you.

I will give you years of rest
I will bless your siblings in all corners of the earth
Forgiveness prevents destruction
I am Jehovah. That is my name!

It is a new day… new direction
It is a new day… new direction
It is a new day… new direction
I am doing new things

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http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/04/emmy-kosgei-ategisin-kenyan-gospel.html

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Saul Williams - This Type Love (Poem Performed By Shihan)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a text example of the poem "This Type Locve" by Saul Williams and a video of that poem being performed by slam poet Shihan.

The content of this post is presented for cultural and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Saul Williams for composing this poem and thanks to Shihan for his performance of this poem. Thanks also to ShonGnyc for transcribing this poem online IN 2006 and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

WARNING: This poem includes the mild curse word "sh&t".

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SHOWCASE POEM: THIS TYPE LOVE
(by Saul Williams)

I want a love like me thinking of you thinking of me thinking of you type love or me telling my friends more than I've ever admitted to myself about how I feel about you type love or hating how jealous you are but loving how much you want me all to yourself type love
or seeing how your first name just sounds so good next to my last name.
and shit- I wanted to see how far I could get without calling you and I barely made it out of my garage.

See, I want a love that makes me wait until she falls asleep then wonder if she's dreaming about us being in love type love or who loves the other more or what she's doing at this exact moment or slow dancing in the middle of our apartment to the music of our hearts.

Closing my eyes and imagining how a love so good could just hurt so much when she's not there and shit I love not knowing where this love is headed type love.

And check this-

I wanna place those little post-it notes all around the house so she never forgets how much I love her type love
then not have enough ink in my pen to write all the love type love and hope I make her feel as good as she makes me feel
and I wanna deal with my friends making fun of me the way I made fun of them when they went through the same kind of love type love.
The only difference is this is one of those real type loves

and just like in high school I wanna spend hours on the phone not saying shit and then fall asleep and then wake up with her right next to me and smell her all up in my covers type love and I wanna try counting the ways I love her then lose count in the middle just so I could start all over again

and I wanna celebrate one of those one-month anniversaries even though they ain't really anniversaries but doing it just 'cause it makes her happy type love

and check this-

I wanna fall in love with the melody the phone plays when our numbers dial in type love and talk to you until I lose my breath, she leaves me breathless, but with the expanding of my lungs I inhale all of her back into me.

I want a love that makes me need to change my cell phone calling plan to something that allows me to talk to her longer 'cause in all honesty, I want to avoid one of them high cell phone bill type loves

and I don't want a love that makes me regret how small my hands are I mean the lines on my palms don't give me enough time to love you as long as I'd like to type love
and I want a love that makes me st-st-st-stutter just thinking about how strong this love is type love and I want a love that makes me want to cut off all my hair. Well maybe not all of the hair, maybe like I'd cut the split ends and trim the mustache but it would still be a symbol of how strong my love is for her.

I kind of feel comfortable now so I even be fantasize about walking out on a green light just dying to get hit by a car just so I could lose my memory, get transported to some third world country just to get treated and somehow meet up again with you so I could fall in love with you in a different language and see if it still feels the same type love.

I want a love that's as unexplainable as she is, but I'm married so she is gonna be the one I share this love with.

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FEATURED VIDEO: Shihan- "This Type Love"



oklahomasgreg, Uploaded on Jun 1, 2008


From Def-Poetry. Great love poem.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skool Boy (Skooly) - "Na Na Boo Boo" & The "Na Na Na Naa Na" Taunt

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file of & lyrics for the song "Na Na Boo Boo" by Skool Boy. This post also provides some information about Skool Boy (Skooly) and includes selected comments from that sound file's discussion thread.

The Addendum to this post also presents some examples of & links to comments about the "na na na naa na" ("na na na boo boo" and similar constructs) saying or rhymes which inspired the title & some of the lyrics of this song.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Skool Boy for recording this song. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT SKOOL BOY
http://www.mtv.com/artists/rich-kidz/biography/
"It’s been said that the greatest Rap movements start out small, but for Atlanta’s own Rich Kidz, a strong hustle has produced big results. Bred from the same Bankhead streets as T.I., the duo comprised of RKaelub and Skateboard Skooly started their movement in 2008, in the halls of Frederick Douglass High School. Kaelub, a senior at the time was putting together a crew called the Rich Kidz and recruited young Skateboard Skooly.

An introductory track "Wassup" featuring then freshman Skooly was recorded and took Atlanta by storm. Later during an opportunity to record at Grand Hustle Studios they recorded a catchy track entitled "My Partna Dem" which eventually charted on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart.

After five years, Rich Kidz have five street-albums and several successes under their belts. ..
The hustle has officially paid off, and the stage is now set for the Rich Kidz’ major label debut. Recognizing their hardcore grassroots efforts, Columbia Records readily signed the duo and added them to their roster of legends (and soon to be legends) in the Rap game. Prior to their signing, the Rich Kidz signed themselves to their own imprint label Rich Kidz Music Group, LLC. "...

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FEATURED VIDEO: Skool Boy - Na Na Boo Boo



SWaggBanger13, Uploaded on Dec 22, 2010

Old Ass Song
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A number of commenters on this sound file's discussion thread mentioned that this was an "old jam". I haven't been able to find out when it was released by Skool Boy (Rich Kidz) but one commenter who posted a comment in 2010 mentioned that its tune was very popular as a ring tone [for cell phones] in 2009. That doesn't seem that old to me. I don't know if the commenters meant that the song itself had been previously recorded by someone else before this particular recording.

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LYRICS: NA NA BOO BOO
(recorded by Skool Boy)

Na na boo boo
Oh na na na na boo boo
Oh na na na na boo boo
Oh na na na na boo boo

Oh na na na na boo boo
[Yeah yeah yeah!!]
Oh na na na na boo boo
Oh na na na na boo boo
Oh na na na na boo boo
Nana na boo boo
Who gon stop me

You won’t stop me
Since you left me
I’ve been happy
Count my blessings
No my messin
She’s my heaven
Since you left me
I’ll be happy
I’ll be happy
Look at me smile now
Feel like a child now

Every time see your face I feel alone
Every time I see your face I feel strong
And every time I hear your voice I get mad
Hope you understand
Yeah I want the best of you
Betcha that I learned my lesson
No more stressin
I've got my blessing like
Na na boo boo

Na na na boo boo
Who gon stop me
Got my blessings
No more stressin
Seem like heaven

Nanna boo boo
Since you left me
I've been happy
I've been happy
Hurt for a while now
Look at me smile now
Feel like a child now

Every time I see your face
I feel alone
And every time I see your face I feel strong
And every time I hear your voice I mad
Hope you understand
Yeah, I want the best for you.
I have learned my lesson
No more stressing
I've got my blessing
like

Na na na na boo boo
I’m steppin out
I’m gonna get myself a pretty young thang
Bring her back home and Imma make her sang
And you aint even gonna be on my mind
I think you did me a favor this time
Stick my hands in my ear and stick my tongue out baby
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Transcribed from the recording by Azizi Powell with considerable use of comments found in this sound file's viewer comment thread that were posted by YanBan123, 24lildc24, PrettyLuPooh, 116TwettyBird. and Cutie Pie (all in 2011). Those commenters all focused on the "Every time I see your face" verse and the lyrics that begin with "I’m gonna get myself a pretty young thang" portions of this song. Except for the way they spelled the words, those commenters agree with the above transcription of those portions except for Cutie Pie's substitution of the word "her" in the line "Every time I see your face I feel strong".

I'm not certain that this is an accurate complete transcription of this song. Additions and corrections are welcome.

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RANDOM COMMENTS ABOUT THE LYRICS TO THIS SONG
School Boy's record "Na Na Bo Bo" is a song about a man's reaction to the break-up between he and his girlfriend. Because many people experience conflicting emotions during and after a break-up, it's fitting that in some parts of the song the man says that he is happy and professes that the woman did him a favor ending the relationship, and in other parts of the song confesses that he feels alone, and is mad. As one commenter wrote "this song is a little sad".

Yet, what seems to resonate with most of the commenters on that sound file's lengthy viewer comment thread is the singer's use of the taunting ditty "na na na boo boo".

The "stick your tongue out" portion of the last line in the song is lifted from a defiant gesture that young children often do when they are taunting someone. "The stick your hand in your ear" is usually given as "put your finger in your ear". "Putting your finger in your ear" means conveys that you aren't listening to what the person who is talking to you is saying.

It occurs to me that in the context of this song, the double word "boo boo" may retain the meaning of a small accident or something that is done wrong and may also carry the meaning of "boo" ("beau"; a person's romantic boyfriend or girlfriend) as it is used in African American culture. Notice that usage in bigalo3222's and tjaxretro's comments given below.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THAT SOUND FILE'S DISCUSSION THREAD
There are 545 comments to that discussion thread as of 8:30 PM April 22, 2014. That is a large number of comments for a R&B/Hip-Hop song that wasn't a best selling record.

Here are a very small number of those comments, presented under the year that they were posted to that discussion thread but not necessarily in the order that they are found on that thread.

WARNING: This youTube viewer comment thread contains a lot of profanity although most of it is complimentary such as "that's my sh&t" with that word either spelled that way or similarly or completely spelled out. In addition, this viewer comment thread includes the "positive" use of the four letter form of the "n word", and also contains a few sexually explicit comments.

2010
Malik Ricks
"RK4L
Rich Kidz for life."
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StardustSwagg133 years ago
"Love dis songg.! oldd forreall but RichKidz brought it backk.!"
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Notice the contemporary (what I call "Hip-Hop/texting") style of spelling in this comment. That spelling style is found in most of the comments in that thread. A feature of that spelling style is a disregard for standard spelling, and standard rules for capitalization & punctuation.

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UMEEZEDMFCCBOYZ
"OLD BUT STILL FYA LOL"
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fya = fire. Another contemporary spelling of "fire" is "fie". This use of "fire" is similar to saying something or someone is "hot" or something is "cooking", "smoking" or "burning up". All those words mean that something or someone is very good.
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ImBree2YhuuLamess
"Itss Somethinqq Bout Thiss SOnqq Thass So Addictinqq.! iLike It nOw.!"
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I think the seemingly random capitalization in this sentence & its multiple letters in some of its words reflect the importance in Hip Hop "languaging" regarding the way words (including names)look, and not only the way that they are spelled. Of course, in that Hip Hop languaging words should be spelled closer to the way that they are pronounced, and should convey uniqueness. And of course, that style of writing, spelling, and talking is used by young people (more than us old heads) because it is considered to be "hip" or conveys "swag".
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bri mullins
"im glad they finally put dis song on here dis my song"
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"dis" = this; not to be confused with "diss" = to insult
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2011
Danielle Nikole Colton
"everybody tht got a problem i hust look at 'em and be like "Na Na Boo Boo" aha"
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swaggakiidtrey
"I remember everyone had this ringtone. My shyt used to play before my teacher got in class. Everyone had thiss ringtone last year."
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zonethreesha
"skooley go in on any song no matter what the beat is!"
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"To go in" ("to go in hard)" means to give something your all & do it very well. The phrase "to go in" is also used in Church Of God In Christ congregations to mean "get happy"/"feel the Spirit" and cut a Holy dance. I wonder whether the secular or religious meaning came first, and if the secular meaning carries some of that religious meaning of freely expressing yourself (while you are feeling the Holy Spirit).
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EvilRoyjin
"THIS GO HARD"
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anthonycooks93
"dis dat fie song bruh....even thoe its soooo old"
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In standard English this comment would be given as "This is that fire song, brother...even though its soooo old".
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bigalo3222
"i luv dhiz song it make me think of my boo :) #luving him"
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tjaxretro
"10 people aint got no boo boo!"
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Editor's explanation - 10 people downrated this song [using the YouTube voting system in which viewers could vote thumbs up or thumbs downl. However, “boo boo” here is play on the word “boo”- African American form of the French word “beau” meaning your boyfriend or girlfriend.
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bigalo3222
"i luv dhiz song it make me think of my boo :) #luving him"
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barbie40121
"love dis song <3" ****





ADDENDUM: EXAMPLES OF & COMMENTS ABOUT THE "NA NA NA NAA NA" ("NA NA NA BOO BOO") TAUNT/TEASING SAYING/RHYMES

Here's an American children's taunting rhyme that includes the "na na na boo boo" saying:

"Na na na boo boo
stick your head in doo-doo."

Another version of the "na na na naa na" ("na na na boo boo") taunt/teasing saying is "neener neener neener". Here's a rhyme that includes that form of that taunt:
"neener neener neener".
you don't have a wiener!"

Here's a link to the first of three blog posts by phonetician John Wells's blog on this taunting saying http://phonetic-blog.blogspot.sg/2011/07/nuh-nuh.html. Those blog posts are the most comprehensive that I've read online about this subject.

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D'Banj's Song "Fall In Love" & RHOA 's Kenya Moore

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a video of & lyrics for the song "Falling In Love" by the Nigerian vocalist D'Banj. Information about D'Banj and comments about several of the Nigerian pidgin English words & phrases in this song are also included in this post.

In the Addendum to this post, I've included speculation & my comment about the relationship between D'Banj and the Real Housewives Of Atlanta [American television] cast member Kenya Moore.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to D'Banj & other vocalists/musicians for recording this song. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT D'BANJ
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D'banj
"Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D'banj, born June 9, 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007,[2] Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.[3] and BET Awards of 2011 for Best International Act: Africa. He adopted the stage name D'banj, a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo.[2] D'banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit "Oliver Twist", an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching #2 on the UK R&B chart.”...
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Genres: Afropop, R&B, pop

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FEATURED VIDEO: D'Banj - Fall In Love Ft. Genevieve



Tru Africa, Published on May 6, 2010

Nigeria Music. Fall In Love by D'Banj Feat. Genevieve

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LYRICS: FALL IN LOVE
(recorded by D'Banj)

[Intro]
Don't get it twisted, love is a beautiful thing
It's Don Jazzy again
I'm D'Banj

When Koko master fall in love
You know say water don pass gari
I'm in love, are you in love?

[Chorus]
Omo, you don make me fall in love
Fall in love o [2x]
We suppose marry because you don make me fall in love
Fall in love o [2x]

[Verse]
My sweet potato
I wanna tell you my mind, wanna tell you my mind o
I no understand o
Cause I dey see well well when they say love is blind o
You see as you dey so
You are the love of my life, you are the love of my life o
I cannot deny o
I wanna make you my wife, wanna make you wife o
See, I never thought that I will find someone like you
That will capture my heart and there's nothing I can do
I used to brag to my friends that I will always be a player
But since I set my eyes on you

[Repeat Chorus]

[Verse]
My sugar banana
As I don get you ebe say I make hammer
Me, I no fit wait o
Make you come follow me make we go see my mama
For better for worse o
We go dey together in any kind of weather
See I no dey joke o
Say na true I I dey talk o, na true I dey talk o
My friends dey ask me say
Oboy, what is the matter?
Me I dey tell them say
You dey make my head scatter
See I used to lie to myself that I'll always be a player
But since I set my eyes on you

[Repeat Chorus]

[Repeat Chorus till fade]

Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dbanj/fallinlove.html

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COMMENTS AND SOME EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THE LYRICS
The lyrics for D'Banj's "Fall In Love" consist mostly of Nigerian Pidgin English. Here's a comment about the use of Pidgin English in Nigeria from http://www.ngex.com/personalities/babawilly/dictionary/default.htm "Babawilly's Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and Phrases."
"Pidgin English is spoken widely across Nigeria. It is a language made up of elements of the Queen's English and the local dialects.

With Nigeria having about 250 tribes in all, one finds a lot of variation in the type of Pidgin English spoken by the different ethnic groups.

In this compilation I have limited myself to what I would call 'Lagos Pidgin' as this is what I am familiar with. The three major Nigerian languages namely Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa feature prominently in Pidgin English in general, however with Lagos being historically a Yoruba city 'Lagos Pidgin' consists of a disproportionately high number of Yoruba words.

Many English words are used differently in Pidgin English and more research would be needed to find out why. However direct translations of sentences from the local dialets into English without regards to tenses contributes to a lot of the confusing words in Pidgin English. Many mis-spellings and mis-pronunciations are so popular that they have entered colloquial usage"...
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Also, visit http://www.nairaland.com/104810/teach-me-naija-slang-please for examples & comments about Nigerian slang (Nigerian Pidgin English)

Here are some explanations/information about several of those words & phrases in D'Banj's song "Fall In Love":

Dey = This word has various meanings depending on its usage.
From http://www.ngex.com/personalities/babawilly/dictionary/pidgind.htm
1. Is e.g. wetin dey happun 2. Location e.g. where you dey 3. Stance in the matter e.g. which one you dey sef. 4. In existence 5. Spectacular e.g. dat car dey well-well.

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Koko master- a self-referent
"D'banj's debut album, No Long Thing, was released in 2005, yielding several singles, with Tongolo as the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a hit. It also provided his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on a variety of meanings. D'banj's debut success led to collaborations with other artists, this includes Dare Art-Alade's album track, Escalade Part 2 and Ikechukwu's album. D'Banj's single koko was used by the PDP (ruling political party in Nigeria) as its campaign theme for the 2007 general elections"... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D'banj
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Also, read these urbandictionary.com entries:
"kokomaster = a nigerian word describing the ultimate male, who has had his fair share of females and conquered them all.Derived from the word koko.

"I am the original kokomaster"

"The kokomaster has numerous kokolettes"
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by Tuade September 17, 2007; http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kokomaster
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"koko: Nigerian slang.
In a range of concurrent sexual partners, the Koko is the girl/boy who gives the best sexual experience. Made popular by the "Kokomaster" singer D'banj in his song "my koko"

Make i tell them de koko o ah! make i tell them de koko D'banj tell them the koko! abi
by OBJ May 31, 2007

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Gari = "Garri (also known as gari, garry, or tapioca) is a popular West African food made from cassava tubers. The spelling 'garri' is mainly used in Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Benin, Togo and 'gari' in Ghana.[1]

...As a snack or light meal, garri can be soaked in cold water (in which case it settles to the bottom), mixed with sugar and sometimes roasted peanut, with evaporated milk sometimes added. The amount of water needed for soaked garri is 3:1. Garri can also be eaten dry without water, but with sugar and roasted peanut added." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garri
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The lyrics to that song also include some familiar American sayings such as “We go together/in any kind of weather) and some African American slang such as “don’t get it twisted” (meaning "don’t be confused”) and being a “player” (meaning a male who has a lot of girlfriends and isn’t serious about any of them; a “Don Juan”. Note: A female can be a player too but usually that term appears to be reserved for males.)
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I'm curious about the meaning of "As I don get you ebe say I make hammer". If you know the meaning of that line and/or have other comments about this song's lyrics, please add them to the comment section below.

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ADDENDUM
As of April 22, 2014 7:30 AM DST), the Wikipedia page for D'Banj doesn't include information about any relationship that Nigerian singer may have with Real Housewives Of Atlanta [American television] cast member Kenya Moore. However, that probably will change after the RHOA Reunion episode in which Kenya is reportedly going to introduce D'Banj as the African prince that she has been talking about during season six of that show.

http://www.mstarz.com/articles/29346/20140418/rhoa-porsha-stewart-williams-kenya-moore-african-prince-fake-proof-fight-brawl.htm
"...In a preview of Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special, Andy Cohen asked Kenya Moore about her "African Prince" that she claimed to have been dating throughout the sixth season. RHOA castmate Porsha "Stewart" Williams chimed in and claims that the relationship was a total made up lie.

"You know you stated everything about the guy except for showing him, and it's just very clear that there is no African Prince for you," she added, "there never was."...

Although, Moore's cast members don't believe she's dating an "African Prince" she was rumored to reveal who her new man was on the RHOA reunion show.”...

The [Mediatakeout.com],site claims that her alleged boyfriend she plans to bring on the show is "contracted" Nigerian singer D'Banj. Reportedly, the pair were photographed together before but are not in a relationship."...
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If Kenya Moore fabricated a relationship with D'Banj and he went along with that fabrication -at least in part- for American publicity- then at the very least I have to give Kenya credit for choosing such a fine, talented Black man as her African prince and in so doing introducing many Americans to that vocalist.

As an aside, I come from a generation who was told (sometimes directly and sometimes by omission) that the only kings in Africa were Egyptian pharaohs. One probably unintended result of the Kenya Moore/D'Banji publicity [stunt?} is that it can be used to increase Americans' and other people's awareness that Egypt isn't the only African nation that had African royalty and there are still African royalty in various African nations today, including in Nigeria.

Here's a link to information about Nigerian royalty:
http://www.royalty.nu/Africa/Nigeria.html

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