Is Fa Ti Bo

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about

This is an original song done in the style of a konbit or workers song. The rolling drums call out to the workers to wake up and get to work. The song is an alarm bell, an urgent call for the country to come together to work and rebuild both literally and spiritually after the earthquake. It’s meant to shake people to wake up, look forward and not let another day pass without getting back to the work at hand of moving Haiti forward.

lyrics

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

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from Wa Di Yo, released March 26, 2016

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