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released May 12, 2017

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Music Action Ensemble San Francisco, California

Global social justice ensemble created through Music Action Lab residency by Giant Steps Music.

Aisha Fukushima, vocals, rap (Japan)
Amen Viana, guitar, vocals (Togo)
Derek Beckvold, saxophone, tabla (USA)
Farhan Bogra, rubab (Pakistan)
Icaro Sa, percussion (Brazil)
Owen Clapp, bass (USA)
Teta, vocals (Rwanda)
Tyler Nam Berg, drums (USA)
Will Magid, trumpet (USA)
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Track Name: Farhan Bogra; Aisha Fukushima, lyrics - Sheen Ghar
Artificial light and
Thunder and rain

See the doves fly and
Soar through the pain

Artificial light and
Thunder and rain

Open door
Evidence unseen
Wanting more
Chasing after dreams

Open door
Evidence unseen
Wanting more
Chasing after dreams
Track Name: Owen Clapp; Aisha Fukushima, rap/lyrics - Beautiful
Girlfriend
Let me break it down for you again
Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem
You are truly genuine
You are truly genuine
[Repeat]

At an early age
Learn to hate what she sees
Kids used to tease
For every hard bleed
We all got needs
To be loved
To be seen
Baby girl, you’s a queen

In a twisted world
Want you to let your love unfurl
The gaze to twirl
The movement to swirl
To know that you’re beautiful
Every single curl

No need to pretend
Gift from the gods
Beauty have a scent
Love within yourself
Romance without an end
Breaking all the barriers
The love that starts within

Caramel sunshine
Beauty in your heart
Beauty in your mind
[Repeat x3]

Ooooooh…oh-oh
And the way you comb your hair
When you let down your curly hair
You’re beautiful…ah-uh
Oooooh

Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
[Repeat x6]

The feeling within
We are
Open with paper and pen
We are
Power beyond measure
We are
Wealth in the treasure
We are
Worthy of love and pleasure
We are
At work and leisure
We are
Heart, mind, and soul
We are
Don’t let them get you down
You are gold
We are
Breaking all the mold
We are
Going high as they go low
We are
Constant in the flow
We are
More powerful than we know
We are
Not to be bought or sold
We are
Not just the product of stories told
We are
Warm when it gets cold
We are
Never give up
We are bold

Caramel sunshine
Beauty in your heart
Beauty in your mind
[Repeat x3]

We are
[Repeat til fade]
Track Name: Tyler Nam Berg; Aisha Fukushima, lyrics - Dance Joint
Seeing you
It heals me
You feel me
The way I am

Seeing you
Reveals me
The truth that
We understand

It’s hard sometimes
Life’s so cold
Especially when
You break the mold

It’s hard sometimes
Stories told
But you might be alone

--Chorus--
Get up and dance
Put all those worries away

Taking a chance
To find a better way

Get up and dance
Put all those worries away
[Repeat]

[Repeat all]

Chorus
Track Name: Amen Viana - Share
na na na wo yé hi yé
amédeo woe dadi
egbéa nou lé woa si
voa o me dji be ya na noua méo woa to koe le dui

mia bé kesinon nou wo na mi djo to vo
noussi wo lé mia sio na mi me do hlon wo
milava gbléo de gbedeka

mougnon lo, mougnon lo
mi na nou amo la agbémé
mougnon lo, mougnon lo
amo le suffer l djoua mé

amedeo woe dadi
eye kesseo dji la doui
ayata o fon zan doa mo ntchi yoa ho lé woa si
amebou bé you tchi yé olé woua mé
amebou bé you lé bia nkou na mé
egnaka toutou yé gné sia

mougnon lo, mougnon lo
mi na nou amo la agbémé
mougnon lo, mougnon lo
amo le suffer l djoua mé

Don’t keep things for yourself
[Repeat x2]
Don’t kee-ee-ep

mougnon lo, mougnon lo
[Repeat x12]
amo le suffer l djoua mé
Track Name: Teta Diana - Run
I don’t want to run anymore
[Repeat x2]
No
I don’t want to run anymore
[Repeat x1]
I don’t want to, I don’t want to, I don’t want to
hey-hey-hey-eh, eh
I don’t want to run anymore
[Repeat x4]
I don’t want to run, I don’t want to run

[Chants, calls]

This is a freedom song
This is a freedom song
This is a freedom song

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay, ayyy-ay

This is a freedom song
This is a freedom song
This is a freedom song

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay, ayyy-ay

Whoa, motherland
Whoa-whoa, mamaland
So long that we’re running
Running, looking on low
Running, looking for a home
And finally
[Freedom]

Finally I can see
[Freedom]

Finally I can reach
[Freedom]

Finally I can see
[Freedom]

Whoa-oh, motherland
[Freedom]
Whoa-oh, motherland
[Freedom]

So long that we’re running
[Freedom]

Running looking on low
[Freedom]

Running, looking for a home
[Freedom]

Hey-hey, finally
[Freedom]

Finally I can see
[Freedom]

Finally I can reach
[Freedom]

Finally I can breathe
[Freedom]

Finally I am free
[Freedom]

I don’t want to run anymore
[Freedom]
Repeat x2
Track Name: Icaro Sa; Teta Diana, lyrics; Aisha Fukushima, lyrics - Build
This skin is just a skin
Touch me, hold me, kiss me
But please don’t kill me
Repeat

Oh-no-no-no-no, no!
Oh-no-no-no-no!
Repeat

See me
Come on and see me
[Repeat x2]
See me, see me!

This air is so delicious
I want to taste some more
Just like you
The sun is shining and
I’ll keep on dancing
If you’d only quit shooting
And dance with me

Come on and see me
[Repeat x3]
See me, see me!

Step outside
Addicted to sunshine
Some fresh air
Helps to clear my mind
Searching for peace
In this land of war
What the hell are you inciting for?

Won’t lose my head
I know what to do
Restore the bonds
Between me and you
In this world
That got me so confused
No more frustration
No attitude
Some people want to
Push me to the edge
Be careful
You don’t lose your head
Be true, stay working
Don’t have to eat
All the lies they fed

Don’t lose your head because
You know what to do
Stay back and
Give me some room
[Repeat]

Oh-no-no-no-no, don’t kill me
Come on and see me
See me
[Repeat]
Track Name: Aisha Fukushima - Release
Your most important breath
Isn’t your first and your last
It’s what you do in between
Falling, falling
Closer to you
In the midnight of my dreams
Coming close
Do not let go
Ahh-ahh-ahh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ahh-ahh-ah

Sometimes heartbreak
Is the sweetest melody
Open your heart
And set them free

--Chorus--
Release
Let your soul be free
Let your power be
Let your power be
[Repeat]

Your most important test
Is not future or past
It’s the moment right here
In between
Calling, calling
Closer to you
In the twilight of the sea
Y’all don’t let go
Centripetal gravity will pull you back
To who you are

[Realize]
The power from within
[Realize]
Your greatness
[Realize]
That you’re valuable
[Realize]
That you’ll make these
[Realize]
The power from within
[Realize]
Your greatness, your greatness
[Realize]
That you’re valuable
[Realize]
That you’ll make this
You’ll make this

Chorus x4