Nous avons des vautours de la culture a venir!
Notre musique est attaquee!
Marche en avant!
Barnwell, Baranquilla, Gary, Portsmouth
We’re coming for all of you
Your status as godfathers, hip shakers, kings, and misdemeanors
Have nothing on us
We’ll keep marching on (X2)
Nous devon securiser le berceau de nos ancetres (de nos ancetres) [X4]
What do we want? (Our original tunes!)
When do we want them? (Right now!)
Before I get to talking about this song and what inspired me, I would like to give major props to my Cameroonian blogger friend Dr. Y from Afrolegends. He’s been awesome in making high quality posts for over a decade about African history, culture, news, trivia, proverbs, and then some. Dr. Y was able to educate me about some of the musicians from his home country and even gave me some nuggets about plagiarism cases involving their musicians.
Not going to lie, Cameroon has some great artists. I got into Mr. Leo’s music last year, been listening to some Salatiel (I knew who he was before he was a part of THAT companion soundtrack), and more recently Tim & Foty who are part of the topic of this song. I also wanted the song to have a balance between French and English lyrics to represent unity in that country given some of the issues going on with those communities based on those languages. There have been four high profile songs straight out of this Central African nation. Prepare your ears because some of these songs are going to sound familiar to you.
Exhibit A: “Zamina mina (Zangaléwa)” by Golden Sounds
Exhibit B: “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango
Exhibit C: “Hot Koki” by Andre-Marie Tala
Exhibit D: “Douala by Night” by JM Tim and Foty
Doesn’t Cameroon have a lively music scene? Did you also think some of those songs sounded familiar? It would certainly be a shame if a Colombian and some Americans were to steal them.
Yes, that happened and I’m going to correlate each rip-off song to their respective originals.
Shakira stole from Golden Sounds:
Michael Jackson stole from Manu Dipango:
James Brown stole from Andre-Marie Tala:
Missy Elliott, Method Man and Redman stole from Tim & Foty:
All of this came from one country. Some of your favorite artists are musical robbers, so deal with it. This blew my mind and I have Dr. Y to thank when it came to the Shakira and James Brown issues before discovering the rest on my own. Unbelievable, and Cameroon deserves so much better and not just because of some of their current issues right now.
Besides that, I wanted that marching vibe like the “Zangelewa” song, but completely different chords and instrumentation with the Omnichord with hand percussion. This is homage and at least I acknowledge MY inspirations.
The Cameroonian flag picture is from Flags of the World.