Vernacular – Lagbaja

Download Vernacular by Lagbaja. Bisade Ologunde is a Nigerian afrobeat musician, singer-songwriter and percussionist. Widely known as Lágbájá for his signature use of mask which covers his identity. He believes in social reform through music. listen to Kayswitch songs free online here @ SOUNDOFNAIJA

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LYRICS

Refrain: I speak You hear When you speak I understand Oro wa ti year, idea lo ju If I fire and you dodge, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that If I fire and you laugh, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that Fela: You see, that is the trouble I have with my country So until somebody speaks English Lagbaja: Mi o mo fun won o Fela: That he speaks well? Lagbaja: En Fela: Eee, have you listened to deep Ibo people? Lagbaja: Them not dey listen, hee, colo people? Un un un Fela: My brother have you listened to deep Yoruba people talk? Lagbaja: O ti o, them not appreciate our language now Fela: Talk philosophy Lagbaja: Unnnn Fela: Deep meanings Lagbaja: Ijinle Fela: Deep meanings Lagbaja: Owe nla nla Fela: That the meanings don’t even exist in English? Lagbaja: Oh yes. O ya take oyinbo translate: “O nyi’mu si mi” Fela: Ahenn Lagbaja: “O nmo mi loju” Fela: tThat’s what I’m saying Lagbaja: E kaabo na welcome, but wetin be: “Ekuule o” Fela: (laughs) yes. So what are we talking? English is not expression, please Lagbaja: Mba mba, lai lai Fela: Expression is in Yoruba Lagbaja: Our own language gangan Fela: Expression is in all language all over Nigeria Lagbaja: Enn Fela: English? English? No, no, no. English is not expression, please Lagbaja: If you no gree, oya translate “E kuule o” Fela: English is not expression Refrain: I speak You hear … When you speak I understand Fela: I don’t care Oro wa ti year, idea lo ju If I fire and you dodge, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that If I fire and you laugh, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that That is the beginning of craze Bridge: No’ dey fear to express yourself Tabon men Gbo gbo gbosa Kolori gb’ori Gbo gbo gbosa O ya je e tabon Gbo gbo gbosa English not get expression like your mother tongue

Not dey fear to talk am Refrain: If I fire and you dodge, I don’t care … Fela: Expression is in all languages all over Nigeria English? English? No no no English is not expresiion, please English is not expression Fela: (Coughs) Look Lagbaja: Sorry Fela: Go to the village gangan gangan where they born you Go and talk English (Laughs, coughs) Lagbaja: S’oo loo gbede? Fela: Now now, spirit will catch you You will see yourself Lagbaja: I sabi one big, man o Fela: He is a big man? Lagbaja: Yes big man Say make him pickin not talk our language Say na vernacular Fela: Eee Lagbaja: En Fela: He is talking rubbish Lagbaja: Him mother tongue, na him dey call vernacular o Fela: He should be hung at kiri kiri Lagbaja: How many oyinbo savvy your tongue the way you savvy oyinbo? Fela: A hen Lagbaja: Other nations dey talk them own … Fela: Other nations, Europe to Japan, to London to America … Lagbaja: Yes now … Fela: France … Lagbaja: All of them dey … Fela: Let me finish Lagbaja: Ah, All of … Fela: Make I finish now Lagbaja: Err, sorry baba Fela: Emm, in Berlin, Moscow, South America, Spain and Portugal … Lagbaja: Langauage dey communication, talk make I understand, o tan Fela: Finish Refrain: I speak You hear When you speak I understand Oro wa ti year, idea lo ju If I fire and you dodge, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that If I fire and you laugh, I don’t care Na the beginning of craze be that Bridge: Not dey fear to express yourself Tabon men Gbo, gbo, gbosa Kolori gbo’ri Gbo, gbo, gbosa Oya ju’kan si mi Gbo, gbo, gbosa Ki njukan si e Gbo, gbo, gbosa Are your hear me? Gbo, gbo, gbosa Idea is need Gbo, gbo, gbosa Bo wu e ko tabon (Fela: I don’t care) gbo, gbo, gbosa English not get expression like your mother tongue Talk make I understand O tan.

 
 

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