Music

Amkoullel Lyrics

Lyrics to the Malian rapper’s songs “S.O.S.,” “Teaching, Studies,” “Tomorrow,” and “Farafina (Africa)”

1/ S.O.S
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!

This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!

The people rage,
Their dreams are being killed,
They no longer know in what to believe

Lies rise,
Always the same thing,
The truth is buried
We would not be surprised
If one day it all just explodes

The people rage,
Their dreams are being killed,
They no longer know in what to believe

If there is no hope,
Always the same,
Don’t be surprised,
If one day it explodes,

Look at me,
Look at my Maliba
What are you doing?
Why is it like that?

Everyone shuts up,
Technical chameleons,
New religion,
Have millions

Weakest link,
This is the law of retaliation,
You have scruples, die!
How cute

We have waited too long
I’m tired of having an outstretched hand!

REFRAIN
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!
Foreigners kidnapped
No, no, never again!

Democracy on paper
No, no, never again!

Our politicians are a joke
No, no, never again!

Embezzled public funds
No, no, never again!

The poorest condemned
No, no, never again!

Religion used to manipulate
No, no, never again!

We all need to dream
My people are starving!

We all need hope
My people cry!

REFRAIN
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!

This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
We are in a state of emergency!
This is an S.O.S, an S.O.S!
Everything must change!

2/ TEACHING, STUDIES
Since 90, the Malian school, slipped into crisis
Solutions proposed are ridiculous
Pupils and students that neglected
Here comes the time of reckoning,

Private schools, so well equipped,
Public education, neglected,
The poor have no choice,
[They’re] just following the instructions of others.

The country’s children need education,
The darkness of illiteracy is very dense
The country’s children need education,
The darkness of illiteracy is very dense
Students piled one upon another, crowded together,
Odors and perspiration mixing,
Teachers starving,
How can they receive proper educational training in these conditions?

Until now the country is on its knees
The darkness of illiteracy is terrible
We are in the dark
And the country’s leaders have neglected us

Develop your mind and your knowledge, work,
That’s the only thing that you really possess, even in the after life,
Nobody can steal it,
A place to teach should not to be confused with a place to do business,
Bribes rule everything when little brother gets caught cheating,
And little sister uses her body to pay if she gets caught cheating

The nation’s children need education
The nation’s children need education
The nation’s children need education
The density of illiteracy is very dark

The nation’s children need education
The density of illiteracy is very dark
Study, study, study,
The density of illiteracy is very dark

Studies for knowledge

Studies for knowledge

Studies to thrive

Studies to progress

Study, otherwise one day you’ll be sorry
Studies for knowledge
Studies to thrive

Studies in progress
Studies, otherwise one day you’ll be sorry

Others are advancing,
We are going backwards
Others advancing,
What is Africa waiting for?
Others are advancing,
We are going backwards
Others argue,
Nobody will wait for us

The nation’s children need education
The density of illiteracy is very dark

The nation’s children need education
The density of illiteracy is very dark

The nation’s children need education
The density of illiteracy is very dark

3/ TOMORROW
Each one carries his own cross, his burden on this earth,
One only shouts out rage to the sky

What should I do,
What do I say?
Every day I pray
I pray
For Africa to get out of the darkness
I pray
For a better tomorrow
I pray
That the law of the powerful ceases
I pray
For the end of racism
I pray
For educational problems to be resolved in Mali
I pray
For Africa to come out of darkness
I pray
For a better future
I pray, I pray

Each one carries his own cross, his burden on this earth,
One only shouts out rage to the sky
What should I do,
What should I say?
Every day I pray
Poverty pushes the head of the family to steal from his country

The loss of hope drives the mother into prostitution
Poverty pushes children to flee the country

The loss of hope fills the streets with begging children

Poverty pushes the head of the family to steal from his country
The loss of hope drives the mother to prostitution

Poverty pushes children to flee the country

The loss of hope makes the streets full of begging children

Each carries his cross, his burden on this earth,
One only shouts out rage to the sky

What should I do
What do I say?
Every day I pray

Only the work will take us out of this misery
Without sacrifice and without effort, things will only get even worse and worse

Only work will make Africa no longer dependent on others

The world wonders: Africa, why are you still stagnant in misery?

It says that it’s famine, war and diseases that ravage Africa

Stand up and get working to change that

Only work will take us out of this misery
Without sacrifice and without effort, things will only get worse and worse

What should I do,
What do I say?
Every day I pray

Only the work will take us out of this misery
Without sacrifice and without effort, things will only get worse

4/FARAFINA (AFRICA)
Africa, Africa
It is time

Africa
The time to work has arrived

Africa
Get up and out of your misery
Africa
Get up and walk like Sundiata

The hour of freedom has arrived

You don’t have to beg for respect, but it is your right
In fact, this dependence is presuming the same thing
As slavery, which is already passé
Now I just need to immigrate
So many things that they proposed to us, that they show to us on TV
It’s normal for young people to dream, and want to participate
The only thing they do not tell you is if you’re black you just cannot,
No you cannot, if you come from Africa, eh!

Do you know what they say about us
We are the wretched of the earth
That we only have famine, war and desolation
That is why nobody respects us

Africa
The time to work has arrived

Africa
Get up and out of your misery

Africa
Get up and walk like Sundiata

The hour of freedom has arrived

Either it is contempt, or even worse, pity,
How would you respect those who are always needy,
Constantly stereotyped,
Thanks to the TV,
Lobotomized, self-denigrating,
The country’s youth are lost, dreaming of big bucks,
Shackled hand and foot, left to shine,
The country’s youth are lost, dreaming of big bucks,
Jamana deminsennoun Sinin Yé Yé!

Do you know what they say about us
We are the wretched of the earth
We only have famine, war and desolation
That is why we do not get respect
Africa
The time to work has arrived

Africa
Get up and out of your misery
Africa
Get up and walk like Sundiata

The hour of freedom has arrived

The media is perpetuating this propaganda
Only our misery and our failures are projected on screens
Our successes have been quietly forgotten
And the truth is often distorted

Do you know what they say about us
We are the wretched of the earth
That we have only famine, war and desolation
That is why we do not respect us

Africa
The time to work has arrived

Africa
Get up and out of your misery

Africa
Get up and walk like Sundiata

The hour of freedom has arrived

Africa
The time to work has arrived
Africa
The time to work has arrived
The hour of freedom has arrived
Do you know what they say about us
We are the wretched of the earth
That there is famine, war and desolation in us
That is why we do not respect us

Work!

5/COME DANCE
Come dance,
Dance, dance,

Come dance,
Dance, dance,
Come dance
It’s Amkoullel coming into the place,
So be ready for what is coming,

It’s Amkoullel coming into the place,
So be ready for what is coming,

The song makes you go crazy,
So shake your body to the music

Come dance,
Dance, dance,

Everyone is side by side
Maintain the boundaries, pay attention
Don’t touch, na i don kè
Let’s go

Everybody can dance to the music,
Don’t be shy,
Don’t be embarrassed about how you look,
Fat, slim, tall, short,
It doesn’t matter, just party with me

Come dance,
Dance, dance,

The way she’s moving, dancing and shaking her body,
It will drive you crazy,
And you can’t help yourself from dancing too
The song makes your go crazy,
So shake your body to the music
I see how you dance,
You are the best dancer on the dance floor,
Everybody’s looking at you and realizes that you lead the party
Keep on dancing and don’t stop it until everybody goes crazy
Come dance,
Dance, dance

The way she’s moving, dancing and shaking her body,
It will drive you crazy,
And you can’t help yourself from dancing too
The song makes your go crazy,
So shake your body to the music

Come dance,
Dance, dance

Come as you are
Shake what you have
Fat, come and shake it
Slim, come and shake it too
Don’t be embarrassed,
Show us what you’ve got,
Be proud of who you are
Be yourself and don’t care about what people think about you
I know you are beautiful,
You know you are beautiful
You are beautiful because you know it
So keep on shaking who you are

Come dance,
Dance, dance,
Come dance,
Dance, dance