Se Ayiti Wi! (Kanaval Version)

from by Lakou Mizik

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This bonus track was Lakou Mizik’s 2016 Kanaval Song. It moves from section to section following a common theme, first addressing the difficulties in the country and calling out for help. Both Vodou as well as Christian spirits are referenced. It then moves into reminding Haitians of their proud past, instilling in them the strength be free and take to the streets to demand change, just as their ancestors did in the revolution of 1804. The song voices sentiments that mirror current events: “Bouke!” they call out – “we are fed up!” They are expressing the frustration of a people who have been given very little choice but to take to the streets to be heard.

lyrics

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)

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from Wa Di Yo, released March 26, 2016

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