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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sonny Okosun - African Soldiers (with partial lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file of the song "African Soldiers" by Nigerian vocalist Sonny Okosun (This name is also given as Sunny Okosuns). A partial transcription of "African Soldiers" is also included in this post. Please add additions & corrections to these lyrics or please provide a link if this song's complete lyrics are already available online.

Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Okosun for information about Sonny Okosun.

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SHOWCASE SOUND FILE
Sonny Okosuns - African Soldiers (Audio)



hogan523,Uploaded on Apr 9, 2011

Attention African Soldiers!
-snip-
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0MJ0h02tA for a video of this song which unfortunately is of very poor visual quality.

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PARTIAL LYRICS - AFRICAN SOLDIER
(Sonny Okosun)

["__?" means I didn't understand what was sung; italics means I wasn't sure of my transcription; some explanatory notes about this transcription are given within the transcription]


instruments

Lead - woh yoh woh yah
Group- woh yoh who yah
Lead -woh yoh woh yah woh yah
Group-woh yoh who yah
Lead -I want to tell of the African soldiers
Group-woh yoh who yah
Lead - African soldiers who fought for freedom.
woh yoh who yah
I want to tell of the African soldiers now....[follow the above pattern]
African soldiers who fought for freedom....
Some are dead and some are living....
Those that are dead are still fighting oh....
Those that are living are still fighting....
Chaka Zulu, African soldier....
Haile Selassie, African soldier....
Nnamdi Azikiwe, African soldier....
Kwame Nkrumah, African soldier....
Jomo Kenyatta, African soldier....
Patrice Lumumba, African soldier....
]Person's name], African soldier...
African soldier ___?
woh yoh woh yah
Show your power, African people now
woh yoh woh yah
Save your people
woh yoh woh yah
[repeat save your people & refrain two more times]
awoh wah
From economical crisis
awoh wah
From political nonsense
awoh wah
I said save your people
awoh wah
From economic shackles
awoh wah
Oh, save your people
awoh wah
From political avarice
I say save Africa
awoh wah
From political ___?
awoh wah
Attention, African soldiers.
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead –Oh oh la la si kah si kah la yah
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead- Oh, we’re still calling African soldiers
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead- African soldiers who fought for freedom
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead -[Person’s name] an African soldier
[follow this pattern for three more persons whose name I didn't understand]
Sekou Toure an African soldier
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead -[Person’s name] an African soldier
Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead –La la si kah si kah la yah
[same instrumental as in the beginning of the song]
Lead - woh yoh woh yah
Group- woh yoh who yah
Lead -woh yoh woh yah woh yah
Group-woh yoh who yah
Lead -I want to tell of the African soldiers
Group-woh yoh who yah
Lead - African soldiers who fight for freedom
woh yoh woh yah
I want to tell of the African soldiers now
woh yoh woh yah
African soldiers who fought for freedom
Some are dead and some are living
woh yoh woh yah
Those that are dead are still fighting oh
woh yoh woh yah
Those that are living are still fighting
woh yoh woh yah
___? African soldiers
woh yoh woh yah
Lead -[Person’s name] an African soldier
Group - woh yoh woh yah
[follow this pattern for two more persons whose name I didn't understand]
Some are ___ African soldiers
Group - woh yoh woh yah
__? African soldiers
Group - woh yoh woh yah
__? African soldiers
Group - woh yoh woh yah
[follow this pattern for two more persons whose name I didn't understand]
Lead -African soldiers ____?
Group - woh yoh woh yah
Lead - Show your power, African people now
Group - awoh wah
awoh wah
From economical crisis
awoh wah
I said save your people
awoh wah
From political nonsense
awoh wah
Will you save your people
awoh wah
From economic shackles
awoh wah
I said save your people
awoh wah
From political avarice
awoh wah
I said save your people
awoh wah
From economic shackles
awoh wah
Attention, African soldiers
Lead & Group- Group - La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead – Oh, la la si kah si kah la yah
Group- La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead – I’m still calling all African soldiers
Group- La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead – African soldiers who fought for freedom
Group- La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead -Nelson Mandela is an African soldier
Group- La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead –Yes, Nelson Mandela is an African soldier
Group- La la si kah si kah la yah
Lead – Desmond Tutu is an African soldier
Group
[the lead mentions several more persons whose names I didn't understand]
La la si kah si kah la yah

[instruments]
-snip-
Transcription by Azizi Powell. Additions & corrections are very much appreciated.

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RELATED LINK
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=362_c83KDvw for a "recreated version" of this song. This version was included in the 2011 Ghanaian movie Somewhere In Africa.* In addition to some of the African leaders mentioned in the original song & other African leaders, this version "name checks" [gives a shout out] to such famous African Americans & Black Caribbeans as Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Marcus Garvey.

*Click http://www.ghanacelebrities.com/2011/04/24/new-movie-%E2%80%98somewhere-in-africa%E2%80%99-starring-majid-michel-martha-ankomah-eddie-nartey-david-dontoh-roselyn-ngissah-kofi-adjorlolo-others%E2%80%A6 for information about this movie.

This video shows African teens dressed in their school uniform dancing. Included among those teens is a heavyset girl who is highlighted perhaps for comic effect.

WARNING - The viewer comment thread of this video includes a considerable amount of profanity, racist comments, and argumentative exchanges.

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Thanks to Sonny Okosun and all those Black persons who maintained their integrity & worked positively on behalf of freedom.
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2 comments:

  1. hi can't believe what brought me here.. .After so many years, this song was just playing in my head and i looked for it because I wanted to hear it once again...

    Really great post you have here. I do have a few things to add, as I also saw your google post where you asked to come here and suggest edits.


    First, the beginning of the song where you have:
    Lead - woh yoh woh yah
    Group- woh yoh who yah
    Lead -woh yoh woh yah woh yah
    Group-woh yoh who yah

    That should be changed to
    Lead - oya o, oya
    Group- oya o, oya
    Lead -oya o, oya
    Group- oya o, oya

    The "oya" means "it's time", the preceeding "o" is just an emphatic sound.

    I could point out some more, but let me know

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    1. Greetings, Victor Oniagba!

      Thank you for your correction.

      Please share the complete lyrics for this song or at least the words that I didn't have in this song [that are given as question marks in my transcription above.]


      I'd love to replace the transcription in this post with one that is correct.

      Thanks you again!

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