Zao Pile Tè

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Much of the language in this song uses old Vodou words not often heard anymore in modern Haiti. In this song Sanba Zao sends out a message to all other Sanbas, or poets who keep the culture and music, to come together alongside all the ancient Vodou spirits to combat the negative forces they face. Sanba Zao stomps the dusty ground, signaling to all these forces to form a “konbit” or “collective” and make things right with the world again.

lyrics

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)

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from Wa Di Yo, released March 26, 2016

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