Old Roots

16 Feb
inyatta (beads)
di bible n di gun
dat is how dem a conquer wi land
dem a lie about wi past
sayin twas only fulla dark
dem a dis wi art
dem a laugh at wi kulture
dem a demonize wi gods
sayin all dem a evil cults
turnin original blak man
into pitiable western copy cat….

wah gwan?!

now wi gettin bak
to wea it all b-gun
ancestor praises wi go chant
carnival drums wi go dance
speakin wi motha tongues
flosin our ankara n kente clad
reclaimin wi native land
shinnin di gud of wi past….

leopard nah lose no sleep
over empty hyena gossip
Sankofa wi filosofi
wi di cult-ural revolutionariz…



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15 responses to “Old Roots

  1. brian miller

    February 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    excellent use of voice….took me a bit to get with the flow of it…but i heard you clear…and htat is the way of conquest and colonialism for sure…just taught my history students about european and american colonialism…with your permission i might read this to them…

    • frikalture

      February 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      permission granted Brian…
      glad u got tha flow

  2. Tony

    February 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Love the use of voice to set the scene – and your message is heartfelt and well expressed too.

  3. Grace

    February 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Took me time to get used to it, very original beat to your words ~

    • frikalture

      February 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      thanx 4 tha comment….I hope u were movin 2 that beat

  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    February 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Reading it load helpted and a strong voice against colonialism,

  5. Anna :o]

    February 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Love your voice too.

    Understand your sentiment but not sure I understand some of your references – ankara and Sankoa.

    Please explain.

    Anna :o]

    • frikalture

      February 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      hey anna. thankx 4 takin ur time 2 read tha piece.
      so, ankara is afrikan designed cloth mostly used in west africa; it has amazing designs.
      Sankofa is an afrikan philosophy which insists on taking what is good about your past and using it in the present n future.


  6. lucychili

    February 17, 2013 at 5:06 am

    ah well i hope there are some other perspectives and stories returning to the world, we need to step to a different drum

    • frikalture

      February 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      aboslutely.precisely. we are the ones to make the new drums and rhythms…

  7. wearingmyblackness

    February 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Love this! The rhythm, the emotion, the content… wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    • frikalture

      February 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      really gud 2 hear from you…..u know ur comments are much appreciated.

  8. lovemorestudio

    February 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I heard the voice immediately– and looked forward to each line that came. So glad I looked in and gave a read! Peace~ Jason


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