Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bongos Ikwue Found Songs Inspiration in Flowing Rivers

Bongos Ikwe was in Jos on June 12, not because of Abiola’s mandate commemoration but to witness the commissioning of some projects at the Nigerian Film Institute Jos.

As the Minister of Information and Communication, Dora Akunyili and the second most important citizen of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen went round commissioning the projects, the dignitaries followed them. Among them was Nigeria’s superstar of the 70s. I approached him, introduced myself and demanded to have an interview. Bongos replied, saying ‘I don’t have time as I will soon be going.’ I did not allow that to mess my burning spirit as I fired my first shot straight ahead: ‘where you indeed in Jos?’ ‘Yes I went to St. Luke’s Primary School at Church Street here in Jos.’ I quickly recalled Hellen D B Zang once told me she went to St. Luke’s Primary School in Jos. She however, left before him. Bongos left the school in 1966 but that was just one year ahead of the year she finished Secondary school at Bompai Kano http://primedatesblog.blogspot.com/

Bongos said the school doesn’t seem to be there anymore. He said the last time he was in Jos, a few years back; he went there at around 9pm. There is river around there and a bridge over it. So he just stood on the bridge and listened to the sound of the water flowing beneath.
Sure, it is the kind of situation during which the greatest songs are revealed. Just the sound of the flowing river can be the inspiration for a new song. The man said he is soon going to have a new album. I just figure out that the river may have given him one fine song that night.
Bongos also talked about the rewards. He insists it was more rewarding back then than it is now. The musicians of the time all did well, not just him. He was able to buy a 47-seater Mercedes luxury bus at the time. After a good show you could buy a brand new Peugeot vehicle then. He is not sure that is possible now.

In today’s music, there is the need for artiste to improve on content and quality and there seems to be just one genre. It means that there is a vacuum and somebody has got to fill it, he says.
During his days in just he says policemen were white often seen riding bicycles. The kept the peace of the city of Jos, ensuring that even an ant did not die.
As an oversight I did not remember to asked whether the civil war caught up with his family and changed the course of history. Perhaps the full actualization of his music ambition would have been recorded in Jos. When next we meet, it will be the starter.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Song II: Heal This Land

People are crying
This land is dying
Listen to the people
Heal this land

You take the wealth leave us in hell
Now you leave in paradise
You take the oil poison the soil
Now I cannot reap no more

People are crying
This land is dying
Listen to the people
Heal this land

You flare the gas poison the air
Life is a nightmare
You spill the oil poison the sea
Now I cannot earn no more

People are crying
This land is dying
Listen to the people
Heal this land

You rip the soil, break it loose
The landscape is a mess
You mind the ore making the ponds
People are dying there

People are crying
This land is dying
Listen to the people
Heal this land


Convenient repetitions are allowed
All songs written by Yiro Abari. Yiro is the publisher of News Tower Magazine
www.newstower.org and Offshoot Visions www.offshootng.com He also owns the blogs, News Tower Blog http://newstowerblog.blogspot.com and Prime Dates http://primedatesblog.blogspot.com He is also a contributing author to Ezine Articles and All voices.

Song VI: Bring back my feelings (Inspired by a youth corps member)

Queen of the Corp, O yes
You are so beautiful I have never seen
You are so beautiful you are the queen
You slim and tall
You are shaped like the figure 8
Rolling white eye balls
Lips like the petals

You bring back my feelings for the beautiful woman
What is good will always be good

Not all that glitter is gold
But I know that you got it all
You another face of the continent
O how beautiful you are

You bring back my feelings for the beautiful woman
What is good will always be good

Desert sand may drain the water but it will never drain your smile
Desert winds may blow for miles
But it will never break your charm
Desert heat may burn like fire
But it will never burn your beauty


You bring back my feelings for the beautiful woman
What is good will always be good




Convenient repetitions are allowed
All songs written by Yiro Abari. Yiro is the publisher of News Tower Magazine
www.newstower.org and Offshoot Visions www.offshootng.com He also owns the blogs, News Tower Blog http://newstowerblog.blogspot.com and Prime Dates http://primedatesblog.blogspot.com He is also a contributing author to Ezine Articles and All voices.

Song V: Jehovah is Your Name (in Hausa)

In na gan samaniya na yi mamaki (2x)
In na gan hasken rana na yi mamaki (2x)
In na gan farin wata na yi mama ki (2x)


Jehovah is your name (4x)

In na gan girman duniya na yi mamaki (2x)
In na gan yawan mutane na yi mamaki (2x)
In na gan girman teku na yi mamaki (2x)
Wannan halitu sun bani mamaki (2x)


Jehovah is your name (4x)

Yanzu na gaskanta Kaine Allah (2x)
Sarkin sarakuna (2x)
Allahn alloli (2x)
Zan bauta maka har abada (2x)


Jehovah is your name (4x)



Convenient repetitions are allowed
All songs written by Yiro Abari. Yiro is the publisher of News Tower Magazine
www.newstower.org and Offshoot Visions www.offshootng.com He also owns the blogs, News Tower Blog http://newstowerblog.blogspot.com and Prime Dates http://primedatesblog.blogspot.com He is also a contributing author to Ezine Articles and All voices.

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