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released July 18, 2011

Yao Foli (Cha Cha) - vocals and tambourine
John-Paul Nawn - drums, percussion, and vocals
Ben Panepento - bass
Ekwem Bogmis - rhodes electric piano, hammond organ, and vocals
Ken Luk - guitar, melodica, and vocals
Mike Corey - guitar
Angelo Peters - wurlitzer electric piano and hohner clavinet
Lee Hamilton - tenor saxophone
Alicia Aubin - trombone
Bobby Spellman - trumpet (Pick Me Up, Same Old Story)
Jon Petronzio - trefz acoustic piano (Pick Me Up)
Nate Richardson - guitar (Ken's Dub)

Produced by Mosaic Foundation/J.P. Nawn
Eingineered by Angelo Peters
Mixed by Angelo Peters/J.P. Nawn

Recorded at Big Mean Sound Machine Studio - Ithaca, NY - January - May 2011
Nate Richardson recorded at REP Studio - Ithaca, NY - April 2011
Jon Petronzio recorded at Revision Studio - Ithaca, NY - May 2011

Mastered by Dana Billings at Electric Wilburland Studios - Newfield, NY - June 2011

Album Design by Marissa Dreibelbls - www.issaillustrations.com
Photo by Sara Tiberio - www.facebook.com#/SaraTiberioPhotography

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Track Name: Africa
Africa, the land of our forefathers
Africa, the land where we belong (X2)

Africa, the land of our forefathers
Africa, the land where we belong
Scattered all over the world in lost and found
Repatriation is a must

Africa, the land of civilization
The land of roots, culture and tradition
The land of my story
The land of your history
Track Name: One Step
Everyone is climbing
But they don’t know what lies above the wall
They keep on climbing higher
Never fearing no fall
You only know, by how far you go
Time and patience will show, time and patience will show

For when we reach the river
We’ll cross to the other side
But until that day comes
We continue to climb
One step at a time

Everyone’s striving
But they don’t know what they struggling for
When they think the tough times through
They struggle for some more
You’ll only know, by how far you go
Time and patience will show, time and patience will show
Track Name: King Phillip
King Phillip came ‘a walkin
Down from the top of the mountain
Slowly he looked around
At the faces
in the crowd
that had come to surround him

He’d been known as a man of his word
One to stand up for what was right
But he knew there would come a time
He’d have to stand up
Stand up and fight
For his life

Walls came closing in
The borders broke on down

But no, King Phillip wasn’t gonna bow his head and pray
Wasn’t gonna run, wasn’t gonna run for the rest of his days
And when he died, he said don’t put me in no grave
Living is easy, but dying’s for the brave
King Phillip, he got to talking
The crowd gathered close to hear
He said you can take all I own
But you cannot take
The life of a man
Who’s got no fear
Track Name: Rivers
I’ve travelled to a great many places
I’ve watched a great many rivers run
But none could run quite like the way she do
None could run quite like the way she do

Not the Charles (Charles River
Not the Jordan (Jordan River)
Not the Nile (Nile River)
Only you, Only you
Only you, you, you

Flowing water, tell me, who is the father
Who lets you run, run, run
Run so free?
Who is the mother, so willing to let you run
To let you run, run, run
Right over me?

(Bridge)
Everyone loves sunny days
But rivers just keep praying for rain
Waiting for the big flood to come
And wash everything away
Track Name: Blood in the Water
We left early in the morning
Headed out of Tom Pipers Bay
I was bringing home to my baby
Mangoes, roses and sugarcane
Well on my way to see her
Before the sky turned cloudy and grey

Now there’s blood in the water
As the Gulf Stream takes me away

My ship, she’s battered
And she’s broken
Danger lies below me in the sea
Big ship sails on the edge of the horizon
Yet they don’t come to rescue me

My girl, I know she’ll miss me
Miss me so bad
She’s gonna search high and low for me
She’ll go searching Fort Charlotte
Waiting for my boat to come on home
Track Name: Pick Me Up
Pick me up, Jah
Rise me up, Jah
Tired but I need to Dance
Work so hard, Lord
Bones they ache, Lord
Tired, but I need to dance.

Want to dance beneath the moon, soon the whistle blows
Want to dance around the fire till the air grows cold
Want to stomp feet in the dirt, make the ache go 'way
Want your music to move my bones, make my soul rise high
Track Name: Do or Die Dub
Black man inna jail cell room with tears in his eyes
I step to him and I ask him how and why
Says he gets out soon and has two youths on the outside
And thinks of time lost with his loving wife
What you gonna do now man to survive?
“Same thing I did that put I on the inside
I know it seems crazy but sometimes I know that…”

Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die do or die
He had to do the best he could to survive
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Can’t tell you how it felt when he looked me in the eyes

Woman inna hotel room with tears bruised ruptured eyes
I step to her and I ask how and why
Says she has two youths for whom she must provide
With a father that’s been locked up for most of their lives
What you gonna do momma to survie?
“Same thing I did to blacken up I and I eye
I know it seems crazy but sometimes I know that...”

It’s do or die, do or die do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die do or die
She had to do the best that she could to survive
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Can’t tell you how it felt when she looked me in the eyes

Man with gun in hand, just making demands
Looks up to the sky as his tears began
Megaphone sounds outside, screamin to his surprise
Saying “drop the weapon and everything will be alright”
What you gonna do now man to survive?
“Same thing I did that put I on the inside
I know it seems crazy but sometimes I know that...”

Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die do or die
He had to do the best that he could to survive
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Sometimes it’s do or die, do or die, do or die
Can’t tell you how it felt when he looked me in the eyes
Track Name: Same Old Story
I used to wake up
Early in the morning
Feeling like I could fly
But now I sleep
All through the afternoon
Barely see the sun up in the sky

It’s just the same old story
Ready to pick up and go
There ain’t nothing here to keep me from leaving home

Mama said “son
You got to go
Go and get yourself an education”
Well mama I’ve done
Done just what you say
Still seeking out salvation
“Go and get yourself an education”
“Find yourself a girl to treat you right”
“O, young son of mine”
“When you going to do something with your life?”
Track Name: Spirit of Music
Dubland Underground
Where we find our common ground (x4)
People are so nice and the music so nice
Vibrations so pure, to dance you can’t deny
Put on your dancing shoes
Make we do it inna rub-a-dub style
Put on your dancing shoes
Let’s dance our hearts out
Put on your dancing shoes
Make we do it inna rub-a-dub style
Put on your dancing shoes
Let’s dance our hearts out

It is the spirit of music that brought us together
It is the spirit of music
It is the spirit of music that brought us together
It is the spirit of music