Wa Di Yo

by Lakou Mizik

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Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.

Music is at the core of Haiti’s sense of identity, and musicians have always played an important role in society, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Today, a young generation of artists is keeping this tradition alive, narrating the world they live in through music that is made in their neighborhoods, villages and post-earthquake camps. Lakou Mizik brings together these musical generations in celebration of the cultural continuum while using Haiti’s deep well of creative strength to shine a positive light on this tragically misrepresented country.

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released March 26, 2016

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Track Name: Poze
Stay calm people, stay calm
I said stay calm, stay calm people!
The people who badmouth me
I don’t pay them any attention
I’m sending you this message
Stay calm!

Chorus
Stay calm people, stay calm (x2)
The people who badmouth me
I don’t pay them any attention
I’m sending you this message
Stay calm!

Staying calm is the best cure, no, no , no
You can’t fall if you are not guilty, yes, yes, yes
I am the strongest, I beat you
I break the record, you agree
After this whooping your little heart beats fast
You’ll beg God to end your misery
I’ll put you to rest so just sit and stay calm!

People speak about what they see
They speak about what they don’t see
They are gossipers. They gossip about me. (x2)

(Chorus)

They are here (looking suspicious) (x4)
We throw water (but it’s not to get anybody wet) (x4)
(They badmouth us enough) (x4)
Track Name: Panama’m Tonbe
Verse
I am coming from Jacmel’s city, heading to Lavallee
Arriving at Bainet Station, my Panama hat falls down (x2)

Chorus
My Panama hat has fallen, my hat Panama has fallen
My hat Panama has fallen, those who are behind me pick it up (x2)

(Verse)
(Chorus)

It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to the elders
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to my ancestors
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I tell to the elders
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to Lakou

It has fallen, since 1804 they said that we’re free
It has fallen, chains left our feet but stayed in our mind
It has fallen, that’s why our country can’t develop
Time is passing, we are getting older
I say it has fallen

It has fallen, since 1804 they said that we are free
It has fallen, chains left our feet but stayed in our mind
It has fallen, that’s why our country can’t develop, time flies
Lakou

It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to my mother
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to my country
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to my elders
It has fallen, pick it up for me, what shall I say to Lakou
It has fallen, pick it up for me
Track Name: Anba Siklòn
Chorus
In a hurricane
In times of trouble
They turn 7 into 9 (x2)
In a hurricane
In times of trouble
They turn 4 into 8 (x2)

Hmmm they are changing 7 into 9 (x2)
Hmmm they are changing 4 into 8 (x2)

Verse
Why are you laughing at my problems?
Contributing to my suffering?
Look how you steal my happiness
Have mercy! Have mercy!
Look how you walk over my culture
Why do you take advantage of my weakness?
Look how you are using my pain (Have mercy!)
Haiti will change (We’ll see it)
This country will move forward (We’ll see it)
Haiti will rise up (We’ll see it)
Raise your hand and say yes (x2)

(Chorus)
(Verse)
(Chorus)

Conscience! Conscience! Conscience! Conscience!
Track Name: Zao Pile Tè
It’s how we look at them, look at them, look at them
It’s how we look at the sanbas in the country, in the courtyards
The sanbas are hanging in there
The sanbas are in their courtyards, their hardships, their victories
The sanbas are there by themselves

Vodou when we get in
Dyo or Legba here we are
Dear Father Legba we are in
Yes, we’re here in the courtyard
Yes, we’re here in the courtyard
We’ll light up the lamps
Before we saddle the horse
We’ll open the door to get in (repeat)

Vodou when we get in
Dyo or Legba here we are
Dear Father Legba we are in
Yes, we’re in the courtyard

Chorus
Zao, Zao, stomps the ground
Zao, Zao, stomps the ground for them (x2)
Call aboudja, call manmade, call achade
Sanba dadou, oh, to get the collective going
Zao, Zao, stomps the ground
Zao, Zao, stomps the ground for them (x2)

(Chorus)


Greetings oh (Greetings sanba) (repeat)
I was just passing by they pointed fingers at the sanbas (x2)
I was just coming up they heard simidòs’ voices (x2)
Oh, oh, oh (they pointed fingers at the sanbas)
Eh, eh, eh (they heard the voices of the simidòs)
Greetings (Greetings sanba) (x2)

Who cares? What have we done to them
Zaila is already at the street corner
Zaka positive spirit here are the ginen
Who cares, who cares, who cares about them?
Zaila is already at the street corner, talk to them (x2)

Who cares? What have we done to them?
Zaila is already at the street corner
Zaka positive spirit here are the ginen
Zaka positive spirit here are the asento
Zaka positive spirit here are the ginen
Zaka positive spirit talk to them
Who cares, who cares who cares about them?
Zaila is already at the street corner, talk to them

Who cares? What have we done to them?
Zaila is already in the courtyard,
Zaka positive spirit here are the ginen
Zaka positive spirit here are the asento
Zaka positive spirit here are the ginen
Zaka positive spirit talk to them

Since Africa they divided us that way
Since Subaruo shit happens (bis)
Foreward! Foreward, Lakou Mizik!
Foreward! Foreward Lakou yes
Lakou Mizik is moving forward, and turns to look back, yes (x2)
As it looks back, it kicks in forward, yes (x2)
Track Name: Tanbou’n Frape
Amen for our home
Amen, three drumsticks, three kata drum sticks (x2)

Wherever it goes, it gives me shivers
In our guts that’s where it lives
Wherever it hits it makes everybody dance
With it we have sung for freedom

The whole nation has transformed
On our tip toes we danced
Our drums hit, men fall down
Everybody knows that we are Haitian

Chorus
Amen
When our drum hits our strength doubles
The mother drum of Liberty
When our drum beats our strength doubles
The three drums Mantò Idjaye
Our drum beats

Amen for our home
Amen, three drumsticks, three kata drum sticks (x2)

We were about to call out the spirits
Dessaline and Miss Defile
No I don’t want to know your nationality
We are at the crossroads at dawn and our strength doubles
We all know who we are
Mothers and fathers of Liberty
If you come closer you’ll get stuck
Because when our drum hits

(Chorus)

You don’t know Lakou Soukri
You don’t know Lakou Badjo
You won’t find out our essence
You won’t find out our essence
You don’t know the way to Souvnans
You don’t know Pik Makaya Mountain
You won’t know our essence
You won’t know our essence
You don’t give water to the spirit
You don’t say Amen
You won’t find our essence
You won’t find our essence
You never stepped foot in a Lakou
You pretend to dance Vodou
You won’t know our essence
You won’t know our essence

Agosi, agola, agoye
Our strength doubles
Where are my drums, my kata, my second drum
Our strength doubles.
Since in Ginen we’re like that
Our strength doubles
We came from Africa like that
Our strength doubles
Agosi, agola, agoye
Our strength doubles
We came from the Lakou like that
Our strength doubles
Track Name: Peze Kafe
My mother sends me to sell coffee
As I get to the town’s port of entry
A policeman arrests me (x2)

Chorus
My friends, oh my God
What will I say when I get back home?
What will I say when I get back home?
My mother will whip me
So will my father
What will I say when I get back home?
My mother will whip me
So will my father
What will I say when I get back home?

My father is waiting for the coffee’s money
Mr. Derozye you are my only witness
Please tell him what happened
Please tell him what happened
Tell him what happened

The pot is on the stove
They are waiting for the money to buy oil
I’m not guilty of my father’s coffee
Being wasted on the main road

(Chorus)

My pops sent me to sell coffee
Which got me in trouble
I had to go
The street corner by the town’s entry is a tough place
The policeman got mad
Things went left
Night is about to fall
And I know my mother’s whooping hurts
She is the one who sent me
I must be back on time
Derozye was watching
Only he can testify
Please help me call him
Derozye!

Mr. Derozye come tell me
I have never been to the police station
What made the policeman arrest me?
The pots off the stove and the coals are spread
I grabbed my bag as night was falling
I’m going to find out what happened!

(Chorus)

Hey Derozye please! (x4)
Track Name: Pran Ka Mwen
Iye, iye, iye (x4)
We are all one people on earth
Sanba care for me, spirits care for me
My family care for me, my friends care for me

I came on earth to live in peace
Down here on earth, we are all one people (x2)

The men care for me, the women care for me
The kata players care for me, the tanbou players care for me

We came on earth to live as brothers
Down here on earth, we believe we are all one (x2)

Peasants care for me, artisans care for me
Society cares for me, please don’t forget me

I came on earth to live in peace
Down here on earth, we are all one (x2)

The men care for me, the women care for me
The kata players care for me, the tanbou players care for me

We came on earth to live as brothers
Down here on earth, we believe we are all one (x2)

My peasants, we are all one on earth
Artisans we are all one people on earth
My female merchants we are all one people on earth
Society, we are all one people on earth
Family, we are all one people on earth
Moto-Taxi drivers we are all one people on earth
Track Name: Is Fa Ti Bo
Roll the drum for me
Roll, roll the drum for me
Lakou roll it for me, roll it
Roll the drum for me, roll it
Oh my God! Oh my God! Is fa tibo

Kanan kana is fa ti bo
I ask you to wake up woman, you gotta wake up woman
Wake up wake up
Wake up mother, please wake up mother
Wake up wake up

The lady roasts enough coffee
Tell the Lakou guy that it’s time to blow the lanbi
For the group squad to gather
Oh my God, what a lakou! Mother, please
Here is the thing father

We will have a good cup of coffee
Before the squad starts working
This won’t stop us from starting, ha ha

Roll the drum for me
Roll the drum for me
You have to beat the drum for me
Oh my God, Is fa ti bo

Kana kanan is fa ti bo (x4)

Since the January 12th earthquake hit
No one has worked the land
What will the children eat?
The citizens said nothing about it
The youth is lost
What has happened to this country?

Roll the drum for me
Roll the drum for me
You have to roll the drum for me
Oh my God, oh my God, is fa ti bo

Kana kanan is fa ti bo (x4)

Iye, Iye, eye, eye, aya ya yo, ye, aye ie
The day is breaking
What shall I say to my mama
The day is breaking
The day is breaking I went to Leogane and
The day is breaking
The day is breaking, I was dancing rara and
The day is breaking
The day is breaking, what am I gonna say back home
The day is breaking
The day is breaking
Where I was in Jeremie I went to get a tonmtonm
The day is breaking, what I am gonna say to my mother?
The day is breaking
Track Name: Wa Di Yo
I’ve already seen the path that I was going to take
The devils put up walls to stop me
Nevertheless I try to cross over, they pull me back.I fall down
I don’t stay down so they don’t do whatever they want on my back
Those who don’t understand say that I am lazy
Those who don’t understand say that I wrongfully attack
Light, energy
Angels of God light up

Chorus
Tell them, that these men have no love in their heart anymore
Tell them, that life has more secret to it
Tell them, that I am still hanging in there
Tell them, that I am still hanging in there

Sometimes you wake up and everything is so clouded
While someone else is triumphing
As long as you are alive, don’t give up the fight, you are in a battle
Life is high but sometimes up side down
Those who don’t understand say that I’m lazy
Let me tell that’s not true
Those who don’t understand say that I wrongfully attack
It’s not true
Light, oh!

(Chorus)

Where is all that love they said they had
Look into their heart, there is no love
They make you beautiful promises while their heart is locked up
There is none
Love is enchained over personal interest.
There is none
They sugarcoat you, look into their heart, it’s not true
There is no love
Tell them (x8)
Track Name: Bon Tan
Chorus
I’m here in good times, I’m here in bad times
We’ll always meet no matter what (x2)
Remember what we talked about
Remember the secrets we told each other
In Latibonit there is a river that crosses its mother
But not its father (x2)
This year gives us the wind to carry us abroad
Foreigners give us their smiles
But don’t give us their hearts (x2)

(Chorus)

We make the good times and the bad times
We give wisdom and we give happiness
We’ll always meet no matter what (x2)
We make the good times and the bad times
We give wisdom and we give happiness
Ayayay

The flood is coming, the rain is falling
Tell the people, like it or not a change is coming (x2)
If it comes down to it, I will beg for a living (x2)
We’ll do it with love my brothers and we’ll do it together (x4)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Se Ayiti Wi! (Kanaval Version)
Chorus (x4)
Kouzin, we need the spirits
Kouzin, we need the spirits
We are walking up to “Bwa Kayiman” to bring people together
We need the spirits
For us to be delivered we need the spirits

God where are you Papa?
God fix your gaze on us please

The Ginen spirit has spoken
Your servants hear your voices (x2)

Vodou spirits are running free
The Ginen are taking to the streets
The Christian saints are running free
Lakou Mizik is taking to the streets

It seems they’ve forgotten
It seems they’ve really forgotten
We’ll make them remember how great of a people we are
We’ll make them remember
We bring pride to all black people on earth
That’s Haiti!
It’s we that said the bullets are just dust
That’s Haiti!
Like a fighting rooster we know our battlefield
That’s Haiti!
We abolished slavery its clear
That’s Haiti!
1804 showed them who we are
They were shocked!
They thought we woudn’t leave our chains
They were shocked!
We beat them to give them a lesson
They were shocked!
Haiti told them it wouldn’t take it
They were shocked!

The slaves were freed
Liberated (x4)

Fed up we’re shouting out we’re fed up
See how fed up we are
We make their hearts jump
Our strong Vodou spririts carry us forward (x2)

1804 showed them who we are
They were shocked!
They thought we woudn’t leave our chains
They were shocked!
We beat them to give them a lesson
They were shocked!
Haiti told them it wouldn’t take it
They were shocked!

The slaves were freed
Liberated (x4)
Track Name: Se Ayiti Wi! (La La Land Mix)
Chorus (x4)
Kouzin, we need the spirits
Kouzin, we need the spirits
We are walking up to “Bwa Kayiman” to bring people together
We need the spirits
For us to be delivered we need the spirits

God where are you Papa?
God fix your gaze on us please

The Ginen spirit has spoken
Your servants hear your voices (x2)

Vodou spirits are running free
The Ginen are taking to the streets
The Christian saints are running free
Lakou Mizik is taking to the streets

It seems they’ve forgotten
It seems they’ve really forgotten
We’ll make them remember how great of a people we are
We’ll make them remember
We bring pride to all black people on earth
That’s Haiti!
It’s we that said the bullets are just dust
That’s Haiti!
Like a fighting rooster we know our battlefield
That’s Haiti!
We abolished slavery its clear
That’s Haiti!
1804 showed them who we are
They were shocked!
They thought we woudn’t leave our chains
They were shocked!
We beat them to give them a lesson
They were shocked!
Haiti told them it wouldn’t take it
They were shocked!

The slaves were freed
Liberated (x4)

Fed up we’re shouting out we’re fed up
See how fed up we are
We make their hearts jump
Our strong Vodou spririts carry us forward (x2)

1804 showed them who we are
They were shocked!
They thought we woudn’t leave our chains
They were shocked!
We beat them to give them a lesson
They were shocked!
Haiti told them it wouldn’t take it
They were shocked!

The slaves were freed
Liberated (x4)