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(J. Campbell, traditional)

Fanga Alafia Ashe Ashe
Ikabo Alafia Ashe Ashe

Welcome to our world today
Good health to you always
Peace is my intention
and motivates what I say

Look into my eyes again
I want to make sure you are a friend
Trust should be expected
With innocence as a trend

No tricks up our sleeves
No war, no disease
We only come in peace

“Fanga” is a mystery
It could mean anything
“Alafia” translates as welcome
Good health to you and peace
“Ashe” is authority
Vital life-force energy
The word for inner power
That exists in everything

“Ikabo” I don’t know
Forgiveness some say so
David wants to sing about burritos!!!


from It will come back to you, released October 8, 2011
A: djembe, vox/bvox
bt: guitar, talking drum, bvox
db: djembe, doumbek, vox/bvox
hcm: ukelele, fanta bottle, bvox
JC: mandolin, shaker, vox/bvox
TM: kit, shakers




Oranga Tanga West Melbourne, Florida

Strange stirrings are reported from the jungle. A breeze swirls the atmosphere like a nun stirs her morning coffee. The smell of drums is heavy in the air, like a remembered punch. The natives, never ones to contemplate these things, are restless and getting restlesser. There is no unrestlesting the restlesserification of… this is where the doctor said I should stop writing. ... more

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