The power and importance of producers and songwriters in the entertainment industry is undeniable. The score to our everyday life reality is reflected in the score to our fantasies in films and other mediums of human expression. Songwriter and producer, Hakim Abdulsamad, currently of The Suns of Light & formally of R&B group “The Boys”(brothers- Khiry (born 1973), Hakeem (born 1975), Tajh (born 1976), and Bilal (born 1979) -once signed by RCA then to Motown as a new generation answer to the Jackson 5, eventually landed the brothers in the West African country of Gambia in the 90’s.
Learning the language of repatriation led Hakim to produce and write what Akon called Africa’s anthem. Mama Africa is truly a new generation African anthem that will remain in popularity generations over. Akon took it world wide with European, American , Asian and African audiences singing the praises and love message of Mama Africa -Chanting:
“So much love to share, Pure blackness, wantness is so rare, So much love to care…Let them know they’re missin’ out Mama Africa…So much love to share, Sweet blackness, oneness, Meet me there, So much love to care. Let them know they missin’ out, So much so much love. So tell me can you feel it…So much so much…Then make that visit… Tell me if you feel it deep in your heart…This place is so cool and nice…Visit once, guaranteed to visit twice…And if you just believe in the most high, I know you’ll be all right… Mama Africa”
One can always tell when the lyrics of a song is felt in the heart…But as it says “Resist this bliss though I really doubt it”.
I am not sure all who sing along to a song can feel it as native; however feeling is relative and as Bob Marley said “who feels it knows it not, but you can’t run away from yourself”. I can only hope that every generation has its own ode to Mama Africa anthem. We should never forget the importance of the soundtrack to life. Those moments are made visually and rhythmically perfect by the hands of producers and songwriters with vocal masters. Producers and writers create the narrative to be delivered by the right voice in evoking the type of feelings that put songs amongst Classically iconic odes of love to Mama Africa such as Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga, and thecountless remix versions of it that exist around the world.They never fail to evoke the celebration and praise of Mama Africa that is authentically embedded into the song no matter who covers it. Producers and songwriters create the foundation, shell and sound barrier in a safe zone for souls to cry in celebration, defiance, or solace. They transform the narrative and create the dialogue.
“Mama Africa” So much so much love So much So tell me can you feel it? So much so much yeah you know Then make that visit So much so much love So much Senegal can you feel it? So much so much yeah So much
So much love to share Pure blackness, wantness is so rare So much love to care Let them know they’re missin’ out Mama Africa So much love to share Sweet blackness, oneness Meet me there So much love to care Let them know they missin’ out
Sing again A This is for all the love And the life took away F Don’t forget we were bought and trade R ripped from the land and shipped away I Is the inspiration we use to survive C Have to see it with your own cries A No play add it up and arrive
Still you don’t know The land is so gold and green The place is so fresh and clean And everyday I water my garden Tell me if you feel it deep in your heart This place is so cool and nice Visit once, guaranteed to visit twice And if you just believe in the most high I know you’ll be all right
A That’s my favorite place when I need to get away F Must forget but we can’t forget to pray R Like Lance ridin’ on the runway I In my homeland and I’m feelin’ so alive C Imagine Africa unite A Gonna accept mass alright
Still you don’t know Skin is so dark and brown She lifts me right off the ground But no you not gonna see it on you TV So just listen up and believe me Her trees have the only cure Her love is so new and pure Had to kiss them troubles goodbye bye No I don’t have to lie mama Africa, unite
So much so much love So tell me can you feel it So much so much Then make that visit So much so much love Senegal can you feel it So much so much Ow! So much love to share I just can’t see how we’re livin’ without it So much love to care Don’t miss don’t miss one moment about it So much love to share Resist this bliss though I really doubt it So much love so much love to share Oh yeah