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Oliver Mtukudzi — Wake Up
Album: Tuku Music
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6

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Total ratings: 980









Released: 1999
Length: 6:10
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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Enjoyed it for 2 min, bored for 1 min, irritated for 2 min, and getting visibly annoyed for the final 1:09.  Agree with previous posts - make it stop.
Nope. Just can't get into this song.
mirland wrote:
This just made me put a cd on...

 bruceandjenna wrote:
You have CDs?  You must be my age.
 
You have CDs? You must be younger than me.
I want to learn to appreciate this.
sweet
 Excelsior wrote:
Jesus, this is painful to listen to.  The background singers are JUST off-key enough to make me cringe every time they open their mouths.  Also, I think this song contains no less than 46 different time signatures.
 
Opening my ears and mind, I think of the so-called "annoying guitar" as percussion. Looking deeper, I found myself just concentrating on the other instruments and varied voices. This work really is very artful. The harmonies are not off-key; one voice is singing the lower note of the chord instead of the higher, a sound I like very much. Very cool to expand my horizons. Thanks, RP.
That is a very specific set of circumstances to find yourself in!
 
TerryS wrote:
If you ever find yourself in an underpowered, tired, worn out Landrover trying unsuccessfully  to mount the last few bends of the Sani Pass in Lesotho, this was a good song to calm the nerves. Bugger the off-key chorus, when the smell of the clutch plates overcomes your fear-stink, anything which diminishes adrenaline is a welcome respite. Obviously, we made it, walking.
All good.
And now, back to our program. 
 

a few days back I almost overslept
and in that moment I almost fell back to sleep I clearly heard them women singing
♫ wake up! open your eyeeees! ♪
surreal :)
no need to say it made my day and I am seriously considering this song as my wake-up alarm  
 drakut957 wrote:
too much african melodies today
 And your point being jerk?

And I still like it today.
Just to say - I like this one.
Monotonous, repetitive, annoying drivel. Thank God for the skip button!
too much african melodies today
 TerryS wrote:
If you ever find yourself in an underpowered, tired, worn out Landrover trying unsuccessfully  to mount the last few bends of the Sani Pass in Lesotho, this was a good song to calm the nerves. Bugger the off-key chorus, when the smell of the clutch plates overcomes your fear-stink, anything which diminishes adrenaline is a welcome respite. Obviously, we made it, walking.
All good.
And now, back to our program. 
 

The old dirt road over Sani Pass is being tarred which will allow any old daytrippers to make it over in their fancy cars. A great shame as it's one fewer South African mountain pass to offer a white-knuckle ride in a banged-up 4x4. But I can imagine this Tuks song offering great respite as you bounced and crawled over. Some music just lends itself to a little extreme adventure. RIP Tuks.
All too often I glance over to the Wikipedia pane on the RP website and think, "Oh my god, I had no idea he just died. " 
 Shesdifferent wrote:
I feel like I hear this every day on RP
 
And Bill's voice too.  What's up with that?
 AphidA wrote:
this makes me want to break out a dashiki ... and burn it.
 

 Excelsior wrote:
Jesus, this is painful to listen to.  The background singers are JUST off-key enough to make me cringe every time they open their mouths.  Also, I think this song contains no less than 46 different time signatures.
 
Tiiiiime is (not) on my side.
 mirland wrote:
This just made me put a cd on...
 
You have CDs?  You must be my age.
What are they singing?

"War come with me now"?

Oh never mind.  I'm a sucker for a strong back beat.
reminded me of The Police...I assume someone has said this already...
 enkay wrote:

Would you prefer more cowbell perhaps?

 
Yes. Actually.
OK. Some more than others. This the other not the some.
 pinto wrote:

Dying the death of 1,000 plinks
 
Would you prefer more cowbell perhaps?
 dragon1952 wrote:
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,

Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,

"OK...let's take it from the top!"

 
Dying the death of 1,000 plinks
That is fabulously lovely.
If you ever find yourself in an underpowered, tired, worn out Landrover trying unsuccessfully  to mount the last few bends of the Sani Pass in Lesotho, this was a good song to calm the nerves. Bugger the off-key chorus, when the smell of the clutch plates overcomes your fear-stink, anything which diminishes adrenaline is a welcome respite. Obviously, we made it, walking.
All good.
And now, back to our program. 
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,

Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,
Plink, plink, plink, plink,

"OK...let's take it from the top!"
{#Hand}{#Hand}A nice song but the CD is $55 on Amazon.ca!!!!
This is crap.  A 2 at best
 Ando wrote:
yeh, a little on the long side...
 
lol! yeah, by at least an hour! PSD saves the day again.
Really delighted to see RP pop this back onto the playlists again in the face of relatively low ratings. 
Twice I have been blessed by seeing these folks at Shakori Hills, in Silk Hope N C. Truly a bit of magic on a starlit night.
too long?! How sad to be such a product of commercial radio - cringing right on queue at three minutes twenty seconds. poor poor pitiful you (which incidentally clocked in at 3:10)


love it...


 mirland wrote:
This just made me put a cd on...
 
Me too. An Oliver Mtukudzi CD. 
This just made me put a cd on...
yeh, a little on the long side...

I think the thing that makes this song, and indeed much of the genre, cumulatively painful (i.e. great for the first minute then gradually less pleasurable) is the pizzicato guitar riff repeated ad nauseam.

If that doesn't bother you, I envy you. I wish I liked everything!
"Babble, babble, yadda-yadda, bo-bo, bubba, bubba, wooga, wooga" ................. translates as I don't have any idea at all what I'm really saying but I'm happy anyway so what does it really matter?

{#Whistle}
Jesus, this is painful to listen to.  The background singers are JUST off-key enough to make me cringe every time they open their mouths.  Also, I think this song contains no less than 46 different time signatures.
So many memories... Any chance of some Thomas Mapfumo? A fantastic, highly respected musician in Zimbabwe (and also internationally!)
Look..I'll confess to anything...just make it stop
pannaramma wrote:
stop whining and enjoy this man's warm, rich voice. If you have something better, upload it.
I THIRD this!! :D
this makes me want to break out a dashiki ... and burn it.
geordiezimmerman wrote:
England?
LOL! I deserved that.... No, Central African Republic. I assume that the cannabilism stories were true because the American consul confirmed them. (Where's that Emoticon that expresses naivety?) BTW, if in need of somebody to invade and throw out a nasty, despotic regime, I couldn't think of a bunch of nicer people to do it than French paratroopers. I also cannot think of a better source of advice--French political elites--for which countries to AVOID invading and occupying.....
a_genuine_find wrote:
Are we eating Zebra or Antelope? :rolleyes:
Neither, Rack of Elephant is on the menu though.
Are we eating Zebra or Antelope? :rolleyes:
2 -> 1
westslope wrote:
Just enough Congolese sound to remind me of drinking beer in a thatched beer hut and dancing on a hot equatorial African day while French paratroopers keep order outside. All those cannibalism stories just fade into the background.... Can you guess the country?
England?
Just enough Congolese sound to remind me of drinking beer in a thatched beer hut and dancing on a hot equatorial African day while French paratroopers keep order outside. All those cannibalism stories just fade into the background.... Can you guess the country?
phillips wrote:
happy song but isn't it OVER YET?
Another case.... (click here)
OMG shuttup already
pannaramma wrote:
stop whining and enjoy this man's warm, rich voice. If you have something better, upload it.
:clap: Well said.
nicccceeeee .....
stop whining and enjoy this man's warm, rich voice. If you have something better, upload it.
llazare wrote:
There's a world of amazing African music out there, but often it seems like "hey we play African music, here's *another* track by Oliver Mtukudzi". Can't we cut the Oliver Mtukudzi playlist in half and add in some of the 1000's of amazing African artists begging to be heard?
I second that brother, wholeheartedly. And if, at the end of the day, that's not possible, can we at least get Youssou N'Dour's cover of "Rubber Band Man"?
birdland wrote:
Feeling a need to find more? Branch out? Try this; https://www.nigeria-arts.net/Music/Juju/King_Sunny_Ade/ Absolutely the best of African Dance. Since 1966. JUJU music.
If you want the real deal Nigerian megastuff music, it's gotta be Fela Anikulapo Kuti! That man was political, musically awesome, and so so super cooooool.
I feel like I hear this every day on RP
Feeling a need to find more? Branch out? Try this; https://www.nigeria-arts.net/Music/Juju/King_Sunny_Ade/ Absolutely the best of African Dance. Since 1966. JUJU music.
Long isn't an impediment to enjoying it. Some of the best tunes ("Close to the Edge," Einstein on the Beach - "Spaceship") take a nice long time to get where they need to be. jbtidwell wrote:
I would love to hear more African artists, who has the CDs to upload?
Got a ton. I think Bill's only got one Johnny Clegg tune ("Scatterlings of Africa") but we oughta get more Savuka and Jaluka on the playlist. I saw Clegg once many years ago. Kinetic, intelligent, and very very interesting.
happy song but isn't it OVER YET?
I like the other song you play by him, "Ndauvara" much better.
... :sunny: ... What a beautiful happy clapping song to wake up to! ... :clap: ...
mattowan wrote:
That's exactly what I was thinking. Kinda fun and refreshing at first, then a bit annoying.
a bit? a whole lotta bit.
rosedraws wrote:
I suspect there wasn't much of a budget to work with.
no, the designer just wasnt any good.
I have absolutely nothing to dance about, and this song had me non-stop for its duration. Thank you, Mr. Mtukudzi.
meelifluous wrote:
You know, I really liked the music at the beginning, but it's kinda wearing on me.. . .
That's exactly what I was thinking. Kinda fun and refreshing at first, then a bit annoying.
You know, I really liked the music at the beginning, but it's kinda wearing on me.. . .
This would be fun to wake up to on my CD clockradio
Mmmm, it's ok.
Nice! I haven't heard this before.
It being 8:18am this song is making me want to punch my computer screen :headache:
tony620d wrote:
and the cover is a horrible photoshop chop
I suspect there wasn't much of a budget to work with.
daveesh wrote:
noooooo!
YYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!
It was very amazing to hear Tuku's song, from Zimbabwe, with a rythm so similar to Argentinian chacareras. Whaw! :eek: Is it only me that noticed it? Thanks RP!
and the cover is a horrible photoshop chop
overplayed!
YESSSSS!
mai varamba much better track from this album
noooooo!
this song struggles. too long - time for some new stuff
DownHomeGirl wrote:
neat song... but i swear it sounds like the girls are singing "i'm a whiny-butt..." :lol:
:lol: Now I'm going to sing "I'm a whiny butt" every time I hear this.
jbtidwell wrote:
I would love to hear more African artists, who has the CDs to upload?
I've got a bunch -- now that the semester's over, perhaps I can upload a couple of songs. I really love soukous -- that jangly, waterfall, diamond-like guitar sounds sends me up out of the chair and dancing every time.
A really good album that's pretty much in this genre (but a whole lot better, imho) is King Sunny Ade "Juju Music". I have it on vinyl, but if anyone has it as CD, it would be a good upload.
llazare wrote:
Can't we cut the Oliver Mtukudzi playlist in half and add in some of the 1000's of amazing African artists begging to be heard?
I would love to hear more African artists, who has the CDs to upload?
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy hearing Oliver Mtukudzi, but one of the frustrating things about RP is the representation of a whole genre/region of music by one or two artist. There's a world of amazing African music out there, but often it seems like "hey we play African music, here's *another* track by Oliver Mtukudzi". Can't we cut the Oliver Mtukudzi playlist in half and add in some of the 1000's of amazing African artists begging to be heard? Okay, end of rant.
Apparently a lot of the listeners don't like this, but consider, it's a breath of fresh air compared to the top 40 crap played on reg. radio. I can set my watch to the local radio station same 10 songs played over and over.
https://www.tukumusic.co.zw
Habre los ojos! Vanilla Sky, anyone? When we are catz!
this gets WAY too much air time
Bill...thanks for playing African music. This is a nice soukous inflected song...Don't you all just love the guitar work. How about some Rochereau? or Franco....or Salif Keita.....
warm sunny song :) All you tuku haters get a life...
neat song... but i swear it sounds like the girls are singing "i'm a whiny-butt..." :lol:
dignan2 wrote:
What a surprise! Another bad song!
You must be a glutton for punishment... instead of turning down the music that's obviously driving you nuts, you're quite keen to say how much everything sucks. The speakers aren't stapled to your ears, you know. At least, I hope not. Then again, that would explain why everything sounds so shitty to you. :-s
Gosh, very surprised to see that people don't like this (though it is rated above 5, so it's not universally despised). It sounds real good to me. I also recommend Kotoja for more African music (for those of you who can stand it). Sawale is a great album; "Evil Eye" would sound really good here.
:verysorry: :eyes: :verysorry: :eyes: don't they look like they are singing?
Originally Posted by ovalkea: Please, stop playing this Mutukutuzdzzi-crap :evil:
I agree, really getting annoying!
What a surprise! Another bad song!
boring, yet irritating.
Please, stop playing this Mutukutuzdzzi-crap :evil:
wake me up when it\'s over
getting worse by the second. sounds like a jingle from an african margarine ad. please take it off the playlist, for the love of God. Next.
so sweet in the cool of the morning on a fine day right up there with bird song and smiling babies as a start to a new day :) :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Other than being about 4 or 5 minutes too long, this song is OK. It grew pretty thin after the first little bit.
getting sick of it, honestly...
I just spent six weeks in Namibia, and one of the things I looked forward to when coming home was not having to hear kwanza-kwanza music all the time. Guess I was wrong...
Lily33, we must agree to disagree. Tuku is a God! ....jmp
bleecch!!! icky.
This is a lovely sound-more please! And bring on Papa Wemba too!