Tanbou’n Frape

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The tanbou (traditional Haitian drum) is as much a symbol of Haitian strength and pride as the Haitian flag. The chorus, “When the drum beats our strength doubles,” gives a sense of how deeply this is felt. The song references sources of national pride and identity throughout – touchstones both geographic and spiritual that only Haitians can truly appreciate.

lyrics

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

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from Wa Di Yo, released March 26, 2016

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