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Wes — Awa Awa
Album: Welenga
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Released: 1996
Length: 4:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Manirtadaada koroo
Manirtadaada koroo...
Ommamozellatamaajahu... zilliaga
nyamalakawuu salatomakamomo
Owa owa
Sene pada cinagupe
Iya tata
Namamoni nana kucei ya
Tawaqqala pala sala mamo baruukita
Owa owa
Sene pada cinagupe
Omokua masey cey

Oohh mamino mawittey
Awa awa
Oohh mamino natammo
Awa awa
Nya to kiamanom, kia mamomi mama puti,
Cu bab cu bab
Oh bito pami lemaa

Ommamozellatamaajahu... zilliaga
Nnyamalakawuu salatomakamomo
Owa owa
Sene pada cinagupe
Iya tata

Oohh mamino mawittey
Awa awa
Oohh mamino natammo
Awa awa
Nya to kiamanom, kia mamomi mama puti, cu bab cu bab
Oh bito pami lemaa
Ee e oh bitoo
Ee e oh mito
Ee e oh bitoo
Ee e oh mito

Oohh mamino mawittey
Awa awa
Oohh mamino nyatammo
Awa awa
Nya to kiamanom, kia mamomi mama puti,
Cu bab cu bab
Oh bito pami lema

Ee e oh bitoo
Ee e oh mito
Ee e oh bitoo
Ee e oh mito
Manirtada koro
Awa awa
Hawaijaa hayudatuhtadun tabun..
Awa awa
Oh bito pami lema
Awa awa
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bump. 7 > 8
An addictive, uplifting turn. A soundtrack for a lovely sunrise. 

 
At the start there... immediately thought of Deep Forest - 1992?

Still an 8... 
 
Webfoot wrote:
"Jack bought a Jedi gnome"??

 
That's exactly what I heard {#Eh}
Reminds me of Deep Forest. ... Oh, he was a singer in that band for a while. Nice.
 cShaggy wrote:
..struck me with an Enigma vibe at the start..also does anyone else hear pac-man in the "Awa Awa"..?..

..only went back to comments circa 2008, sorry if retreading)..
 

"Jack bought a Jedi gnome"??
 Proclivities wrote:

...sounds like Mumford & Sons.

 
{#Lol}
A great Monday morning song.
 Proclivities wrote:

...sounds like Mumford & Sons.

 
Oh to me not at all! it reminds me of Enigma. 
I like this song but it does sound very 90s. But that's okay. I just think I would've loved it even more if I'd heard it back then. :)
I love this song. I can't help feeling, tho', that if it were sung in English by Rod Stewart, we'd all be complaining that it belonged on AOR FM.
..struck me with an Enigma vibe at the start..also does anyone else hear pac-man in the "Awa Awa"..?..

..only went back to comments circa 2008, sorry if retreading)..
For those who are interested, Wes sings in his native Yorùbá dialect. It's indigenous to the Niger-Congo region and is a dialect spoken by ~20 million people (so one third of the United Kingdom, then!)

I was in France about a decade ago when his single "Alane" became a MASSIVE hit on the French charts that summer; only the people who could speak Yoruba understood what he was singing but nonetheless it was a huge feelgood track. Still got my single somewhere in the cupboard!
 dctrpunda wrote:
thought it was some interpretation of Whiter Shade of Pale for a bit there.
 
...sounds like Mumford & Sons.
 merkin_muffley wrote:
 And what the hell was the guitar solo doing in there.
 
You mean, like, "Them kaffirs have to learn to stick to their primitive kaffir music."   ?
African Muzak I'm afraid. And what the hell was the guitar solo doing in there.
Makes we want to fire up Civ V
bon feeling , bon son H
Nice. 9
Gets a 9 leaning toward more.  Smooth sound, pleasing rhythm.
Digging this. . . and Fozzy would too!
                
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Wakka Wakka!


Gotta buy this one!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
meh. I mean that in the most original and culturally coherent fashion, of course. This must be the west African equivalent of that peculiar pablum labeled "soft jazz" in my nape of the woods. Professional execution, trendy time signature - just a little light on depth and soul to my ears. Extra cool outfit on the cover art, however.
 
Agreed! And what a fine outfit it is, too.

I SO wish someone would upload "One By One" by Lebo M. and the African Choir. It's done a cappella, and is so astonishing...  When I listen to it, I think of those documentaries where a herd of gazelles just leaps into the air for the pure joy of it - and that's what I think of when I listen to "One By One."  The voices blend so effortlessly, and then they take off from there in a counter-harmony so beautifully-blended, it's altogether possible that they're singing simply for the joy of it.

Um, I like this song, too. {#Embarassed}
thought it was some interpretation of Whiter Shade of Pale for a bit there.
A Killer song..A Wack a Wack a Wack !
THIS IS NO, NO,NO NO, NO,NO...... PARADISE.
 crockydile wrote:
 
Perfect!
 jfauteux wrote:
Great tune. That live version of "In your Eyes" would make such a nice follow-up to this track. Hint, hint :)
 
"In Your Eyes" live follows any song well.  Rate above a 10...
Incredible good!

RadioDoc wrote:
I would add that using such terms as "meh" illustrates a lazy mind and a lack of original thought, both of which are evident in the post you refer to. Too bad the wide cultural exposure here does not inspire a more coherent expression of some members' thoughts. As for this tune, it's a solid 8.
meh. I mean that in the most original and culturally coherent fashion, of course. This must be the west African equivalent of that peculiar pablum labeled "soft jazz" in my nape of the woods. Professional execution, trendy time signature - just a little light on depth and soul to my ears. Extra cool outfit on the cover art, however.


 joempie wrote:
eclectic world music...

is this the time of day when you guys only play 6-star rated music? like, oh well, everbody here is asleep anyway. let's annoy the europeans with that stuff...

could you please play some 8 star music again?

 
rate it 8 then {#Mrgreen}
eclectic world music...

is this the time of day when you guys only play 6-star rated music? like, oh well, everbody here is asleep anyway. let's annoy the europeans with that stuff...

could you please play some 8 star music again?

{#Hearteyes} Whole album of Wes makes excellent music, same African style.{#Jump}
 GlassMan! wrote:
I like the sound of this, mellow....so I went to look on the RP page and WHOA!!  That's my name!  {#Mrgreen}
 
What, "Awa Awa"? {#Lol}
I like the sound of this, mellow....so I went to look on the RP page and WHOA!!  That's my name!  {#Mrgreen}

Great tune. That live version of "In your Eyes" would make such a nice follow-up to this track. Hint, hint :)
There is something mesmerizing about this song; I like it.
mmmmmmmmmmm
Love this. {#Daisy}
 More_Cowbell wrote:

Awa Awa to you

 

And with you as well!  {#Angel}
excellent harmonic transition from crowded house's "never be the same," to this!  {#Clap}

 dreadpixie wrote:
I was gonna say something... but then I stared too long at that guy's outfit... and all constructive thought got washed away.
 
I know... cool 'eh!   {#Mrgreen}

It's always good to keep clear of constructive thought... just ask Excelsior.
 philbertr wrote:

Also, don't misspell "you're"
 
Awa Awa to you

Geeze Bill... that was awesome.

Edit: In case this seg is lost, Crowded House - Four Seasons in One Day  >> Wes - Awa Awa.  And it was good.  Better than good.
Nice... never heard of them. Hey-ho, hey-ho, it's off to Amazon I go
Awa {#Puke} awa  {#Puke}

First note of this song, made me think VNV was coming on and I was excited...

Then I realized how horribly wrong I was and cried. {#Cry}
Like the tune but the boys' cloths look like he laid down on the sidewalk and rolled from one end to the other across all of the colored sidewalk chalk the kids were drawing pictures with. :roflol:
kalkin84 wrote:
oh ya. i heard "awakka wakka." 2
The backing reminds me, sacrilegiously and facetiously I'm sure, of the backing to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (click here). Still, it is a Friday after all... Not a bad number, nowt special, pleasant enough - aural Mogadon. Shame about the 'electronic clap' background, though. 5 from the Nottingham jury.

musikalia wrote:
The Urban Dictionary is brilliant, and sometimes just hilarious. But saying the original poster was "stupid and exposing yourself as such" was a bit harsh, IMO. They may be a rocket scientist or brain surgeon, just new to online communities (where I was first exposed to the word "meh"), or not a native English speaker (I don't think "meh" is said or written in other languages). Not knowing the most modern slang (or not having perfect English for that matter) hardly makes one stupid.
I would add that using such terms as "meh" illustrates a lazy mind and a lack of original thought, both of which are evident in the post you refer to. Too bad the wide cultural exposure here does not inspire a more coherent expression of some members' thoughts. As for this tune, it's a solid 8.
This song really can't end soon enough
prickelpit96 wrote:
The choir singing 'Awa Awa' between the strophes is fun! :bananajumprope:
--No, it is irritating--almost as horrible as the random squealing brass. Headache.
I wish the instrumental and drum tracks were less dated-sounding (shades of Enigma...), but the main vocal and the choral backing vocals redeem it. Thanks, RP, for playing world music!
Well, the first "awa, awa" is okay I guess but the rest kind of sucks. Something about that cheese-ball 80's guitar and the synthesized drum machine thing just don't do it for me...
That first "Awa awa" always gives me goosebumps.
Baby_M wrote:
The chorus in this song sounded like "Wakka wakka!" when I was only half paying attention to it. For a second there, I thought Fozz E. Bear was doing world music! :cheesygrin:
oh ya. i heard "awakka wakka." 2
seedeater wrote:
If you ever feel like your not hip, don't act stupid and expose yourself as such. Look it up in the Urban Dictionary. https://www.urbandictionary.com/
Also, don't misspell "you're"
I really like this one, but you can't buy it on itunes Canada. Like so many things. Sigh.
The chorus in this song sounded like "Wakka wakka!" when I was only half paying attention to it. For a second there, I thought Fozz E. Bear was doing world music! :cheesygrin:
That guitar solo just made the song. YES!
seedeater wrote:
If you ever feel like your not hip, don't act stupid and expose yourself as such. Look it up in the Urban Dictionary. https://www.urbandictionary.com/
The Urban Dictionary is brilliant, and sometimes just hilarious. But saying the original poster was "stupid and exposing yourself as such" was a bit harsh, IMO. They may be a rocket scientist or brain surgeon, just new to online communities (where I was first exposed to the word "meh"), or not a native English speaker (I don't think "meh" is said or written in other languages). Not knowing the most modern slang (or not having perfect English for that matter) hardly makes one stupid.
MsJudi wrote:
Is that Brian May on guitar?
:bounce: It's an unreleased track from the "Innuendo"-album :lol: However, that song sounds funny...
Bad_Art wrote:
meh? Please translate. No disrespect, I just like to know.
If you ever feel like your not hip, don't act stupid and expose yourself as such. Look it up in the Urban Dictionary. https://www.urbandictionary.com/
How on earth do you even find this album....?
I was gonna say something... but then I stared too long at that guy's outfit... and all constructive thought got washed away.
djcoolhandluke wrote:
Yeah, definitely a "meh"
meh? Please translate. No disrespect, I just like to know.
MEH!
agnes wrote:
We need a rating level called "meh."
Yeah, definitely a "meh"
Without having a clue why, I like this.
Woah ... 80's solo :guitarist:
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Enigma with Dreads. *yawn*
Drednigma? Eniglock?
Well produced, good chorus with nice hook. I'll give it a 7.
I can't understand a word. :)
Mari wrote:
... this gives me a real feelin'of Spiritual connection with humanity ...
I think you just defined "world music" for me. I just changed my 8 of a few weeks ago to a 9.
The choir singing 'Awa Awa' between the strophes is fun! :bananajumprope:
"Awaka - wah" That's how I sing along! :-)
We need a rating level called "meh."
reminiscent of Prayer Cycle
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Enigma with Dreads. *yawn*
Ce n'est pas faux !!! :biggrin: :bounce:
trekhead wrote:
I wouldn't think I like this, but I do. 8.
Me, too. Can't get my ears around "world music" (which I assume this would be called) usually, but I like this one.
First song by a Cameroon guy I've heard today(well then again you never know here :clap: )
I won't compare this to any other artist, but certainly, this genré of Afica gives me a real feelin'of Spiritual connection with humanity :meditate: hence creation!
I wouldn't think I like this, but I do. 8.
Nuance wrote:
I was thinking Pac-Man... awakawakawaka bleeeeoooop!
so speaking of the 80s, do you recall "Open the door, get on the floor, everyone walk the dinosaur..."
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Enigma with Dreads. *yawn*
:lol: :lol: :lol:
jlind wrote:
This started out at a five and keeps going down.
I agree
Awakawa...She's got Diamonds in the Souls of Her Shoes!!
This started out at a five and keeps going down.
zarathustra wrote:
At the risk of being politically incorrect - Have to agree. I like exoctic foods but that doesn't extend to my ears. Worst part of RP is all the world-beat, lets be happy-happy, pukie stuff.
Maybe Radio We-Play-Only-Depressing-Music would be a better choice for you.
Enigma with Dreads. *yawn*
That was a great transition!!!!! "Never be the Same" to "Awa Awa"!!!! Made my evening!!!!
Is that Brian May on guitar?
Beautiful song! Anyone have a translation of the lyrics?
Love it!
Nuance wrote:
I was thinking Pac-Man... awakawakawaka bleeeeoooop!
LOL!!!!
cbonai wrote:
The Fozzie Bear song...waka waka waka!
I was thinking Pac-Man... awakawakawaka bleeeeoooop!
I don't understand... but I like it anyway.
rolf wrote:
WTF is "world-beat" or "world-music"? EVERY music is played somewhere in the world. Africa, America, Asia, Australia, they all start with an "A". So where's the fuckin' difference? :wink: BTW: Greetings from Europe :mrgreen:
Hey, Rolf. Don't worry about these people. Just enjoy the "world" music. Oh, and greetings from America.
zarathustra wrote:
At the risk of being politically incorrect - Have to agree. I like exoctic foods but that doesn't extend to my ears. Worst part of RP is all the world-beat, lets be happy-happy, pukie stuff.
WTF is "world-beat" or "world-music"? EVERY music is played somewhere in the world. Africa, America, Asia, Australia, they all start with an "A". So where's the fuckin' difference? :wink: BTW: Greetings from Europe :mrgreen:
Yeah, not the best of songs
Make it go away away!
I like it too. The artist site link is bad, but I found this link instead: https://www.deepforestmusic.com/wes_lyrics.htm An excerpt from that page regarding this song: Working behind this seemingly innocent song, there is a rather mischievous little ode, as it were, voiced by wild birds in the twilight. In it, we find physical love considered as an offering to divine love, a fire of joy for joy eternal, for the flight of fancy seen in the flickering flame of feminine beauty. I think I like it even more now!
Without digging too much into the socio-political garbage...it sounds good, I like it. And that's my major criteria for any music.
The Fozzie Bear song...waka waka waka!
Wow. I really need to play this song next time I invite a pc sensitive-ponytailed baby-boomer guy over for dinner.
even though you can't comprehend what he's singing, doesn't mean it's bad. Think about those who doesn't know english and listen to all of YOUR songs! Huh, thought about that?
Freebish wrote:
No, that was aweema wa aweema wa.
Sounds like someone listened to your suggestion...
Soup wrote:
Wes's Awa Awa is from the album Welenga, released in 1996. Welenga was a very big success, selling over 4 million copies! At the time Wes's Welenga was the highest selling album from an African musician. The album was produced and arranged by Michel Sanchez of the group Deep Forest, and shares many similarites. -soup www.deepforestmusic.com www.earth-rhythms.com
It still sucks...terrible song
Melibe wrote:
The way they sing "Awa Awa", it sounds just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes".
It sounds like Fozzie Bear to me. Wokka, wokka! ;) Edit: From a quick backscroll, I see I am not the only person to hear Fozzie in the chorus. :lol:
Would have been better with real drums. Still a seven.... me likey muchey! Edit Aug.16: gone up a notch on second listen :)
The way they sing "Awa Awa", it sounds just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes".
wpalladin wrote:
Does anyone else think the "Awa Awa" refrain sounds like a bit from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"?
No, that was aweema wa aweema wa.
Does anyone else think the "Awa Awa" refrain sounds like a bit from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"?
mojoman wrote:
This is very Westernized African music. I've lived and traveled extensively on the continent, and have heard a lot of raw African music. This is too polished and uses non-African arrangements and instruments. That's neither good nor bad. Just saying it's barely African to my ears.
As I mentioned, the album was produced and Arranged by Michel Sanchez (from France). The idea of the album is the same as Deep Forest, to mix tradional music (in this case Wes's songs) with state of the art (western) electronics. Yes this has a lot of Western influence, but so does most of the commercial African music you will find. -soup
Wait, isn't AWA AWA how Paul Simon's "DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES" starts? That cow's been flung!!!
Soup wrote:
Wes's Awa Awa is from the album Welenga, released in 1996. Welenga was a very big success, selling over 4 million copies! At the time Wes's Welenga was the highest selling album from an African musician. The album was produced and arranged by Michel Sanchez of the group Deep Forest, and shares many similarites. -soup www.deepforestmusic.com www.earth-rhythms.com
This is very Westernized African music. I've lived and traveled extensively on the continent, and have heard a lot of raw African music. This is too polished and uses non-African arrangements and instruments. That's neither good nor bad. Just saying it's barely African to my ears.