One Destiny

by Shokazoba

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Recorded at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA - January, 2014

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released 10 May 2015

Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by
Mark Alan Miller

Produced and Edited by
Jason Moses and Mark Alan Miller

All Music Written, Arranged, & Performed by
Shokazoba

Original Handmade Art by Yondernod

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Shokazoba "One Destiny" Ensemble:
Janaya Collins - Vocals
Jason Mosall - Cornet
Dave Moses - Bari Sax, Percussion, Vocals
Jeremy Starpoli - Trombone
Nick D'Amico - Guitar
Jason Moses - Keys, Percussion, Vocals
Justin Tomsovic - Drum Kit
Jay Owlhouses - Bass
Timothy Bowman - Congas, Djembe
Pablo Yglesias - Percussion (track 7)

Very Special Guests:
Ed Linehan - Tenor Sax (tracks 2 & 4)
Garrick "Force" Perry - Rhymes (tracks 3 & 8)

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All our thanks to:
Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Ebo Taylor, Kaleta, DJ Andujar, Tony Udell, Studebaker Hawk, Keith, Kwame, Bill Newman, Nur Tiven, Joe D.O.

Thanks to all of the fans and musicians who have contributed to the development and refinement of the sound and culture that is Shokazoba.

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Shokazoba Northampton, Massachusetts

Shokazoba began in 2005 in Northampton, Massachusetts as a 17 piece Fela Kuti tribute project. We now produce original music, blending jazz and funk with a West African style and a consciously uplifting message. Many talented musicians have contributed to the development and refinement of the unique sound and style that is now Shokazoba. We thank them all for their unique contributions! ... more

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Track Name: Ordinary People
Makes no difference who wins or loses, because they're all telling lies.
And there's very few among us who don't see the clouds in the sky.
We've got to open up our hearts and live free while we're alive.
To the people at "the top" -- we'll see you in another life.

Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- flying through the skies
Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- living in modern times

The world is divided by those who need and those who have.
There's power pushing down energies that might be bad.
To the people at "the top" who starve us while while they can.
Until we can break the bounds of what can be and what has been.

Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- flying through the skies
Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- living in modern times

We can occupy our streets. We can buy nothing for a week.
And we can eat locally grown food from our neighbor's heirloom seeds.
But can we wake up the dreamers from their prozac colored sleep?
And can we raise up children that the corporations can't defeat?

Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- flying through the skies
Ordinary people -- living our lives
Ordinary people -- living in modern times
Track Name: Conflict Of Interest
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.

The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.

The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
The fifth estate in a police state. Who owns the press owns the candidate.
It's illegitimate and a conflict of interest when a candidate's handpicked by the press!
Track Name: One Destiny
Was told to stick to the script

This calligrapher's introverted and nerdy

The role reversal occurred when the gift

With words encouragement lifts

The spirits, here is a glimpse

A solo specimen, wrestling

Destiny manifested life's lessons convinced

The more or less moral is, we all need guidance I give

Insight inside of these syllables, silence isn't so simple

Society's so succeptible, seeking success excessively

Selfies and social messaging, lessons left up to mere memes

Clearly, it's the days of reckoning

Fighting for your rights it seems I might just need a referee

All's fair in love and war no metaphors

Henceforth to move forward we use Force

Reporting through recordings it's more than a calling

When all is said and done there's nothing new that's under the sun

Our sons and daughters rewarded with more than a minor portion

It's important
Track Name: Green Paper Slaves
Crimes, evil doing, negligence, transgression, trespass
Crimes, evil doing, negligence, transgression, trespass
Crimes, evil doing, negligence, transgression, trespass
Crimes!

Invasion, intrusion -- iniquity
Encroachment, violation -- unlawful entry
Subversive collusion -- iniquity
A corporate instigation -- unlawful entry

You fear-mongering evildoer -- iniquity
You inside man with the inside job -- unlawful entry
You government robber steal all the money -- iniquity
You muscle in and take all the oil -- unlawful entry

And you're a war mongering evildoer -- iniquity
You propagate military fear -- unlawful entry
You'll poison our food and poison our water -- iniquity
Making the rich man rich and the poor man poorer -- unlawful entry

With reprobate and profligate -- iniquity
You hotheaded instigator -- unlawful entry
So let's join arms at the gate -- iniquity
And take down all intimidater -- unlawful entry

You know the politician's a parasite -- iniquity
The corporate man is a parasite -- unlawful entry
All of the lobby men are the parasites -- iniquity
And the ruling class are the parasites -- unlawful entry

The corporate man is a parasite -- iniquity
And the lobby men are the parasites -- unlawful entry
And the political man is a parasite -- iniquity
And the billionaires are the parasites -- unlawful entry

Don't give power to the corrupted
They really only seek what they already have
In their towers carefully constructed
They're steeped inside their greed, they never love themselves
Compassion is our only evolution, we don't have far to go in reality
We just need to make some simple changes in our communities individually

Stop giving them money, take away all their control
Don't buy them power, all they care about is gold
Stop paying your taxes, break the bondage you're born into
The time has come to awaken, use of fear is how they control you
Stop giving them money, take away all their control
Don't buy them power, all they care about is gold
Stop paying your taxes, break the bondage you're born into
The time has come to awaken, use of fear is how they control you

Green paper slaves
Everyone in this room are green paper slaves
Green paper slaves
You, and you, and you, and me are green paper slaves
Green paper slaves
Poor men pay rich man debt we're green paper slaves
Green paper slaves
Buy things that keep you in chains green paper slaves
Green paper slaves
Even my mother is a green paper slave
Green paper slaves
This whole nation of people green paper slaves.
Green paper slaves
Throw down your shackles now you green paper slave
Green paper slaves
Stop paying taxes no more green paper slaves
Track Name: Puppets
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same

Why can't we understand this?
The ways in which they seek to divide us
They're using race as a means of distraction
Their pre-formulated plan of deception
Why can't we understand this?
The ways in which they seek to divide us
They're using race as a means of distraction
Their pre-formulated plan of deception

Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same

Yes we can, and yes we did
Identify the fraud and the banks that you worked for
Yes we can and yes we did
Identify the puppeteers pulling the strings
They sat and watched the economic plunder
Now everybody knows their days are numbered
They can run but they can't hide
Your day is coming so enjoy the ride

Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same

Everything is the same except for more unemployment
More lies, more troops for deployment
I thought I heard them say the war was ended
I guess what they meant was the war was extended
Everything is the same except for more unemployment
More lies, more troops for deployment
I thought I heard them say the war was ended
I guess what they meant was the war was extended

Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Left puppets instead of right puppets
Them a talk about change everyone is the same
Track Name: G(anja) M(edicine) O(ncology)
Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation, no need for laceration
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way
Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation
It's the healing of our nation
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way

Just say NO to the GMO
You know it's got to go
Say No to GMO.
Just say NO to the GMO
'Cause it makes your cancer grow
Say NO to GMO
We must let the Ganja grow so it can reverse the flow
It is the cure you know
So tell everyone you know
Sing it high and sing it low
Say NO to GMO

Cancer was once rare
But now pollution's everywhere
In mass made tobacco
And GMO from Monsanto
Paper and cotton use have caused much chemical abuse
We'll give some cancer to the brave
And make more green paper slaves
Rick Simpson cures with oil
Made of the Ganja from his soil
In solvents he does boil
This pharmaceutical foil
So cancer from processed food
That's been sprayed in bubbling crude
is not how I want to go
At the hands of Monsanto

Just say NO to the GMO
You know it's got to go
Say No to GMO.
Just say NO to the GMO
'Cause it makes your cancer grow
Say NO to GMO
We must let the Ganja grow so it can reverse the flow
It is the cure you know
So tell everyone you know
Sing it high and sing it low
Say NO to GMO

Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation, no need for laceration
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way
Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation
It's the healing of our nation
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way
Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation, no need for laceration
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way
Cannabis is the answer
You know that it cures cancer
No chemo, no radiation
It's the healing of our nation
Turn it up to a boil and make it into oil
And eat a gram every day 'cause it's the very best way
Track Name: Hatchet
(chorus)

Tragic actions. Mass distractions.

Trapped in the past need a plan so I hatched it.

Cut to the point. Use your voice like hatchets.

Last shall be first. Let's reverse this status.

Planet's panicked. Plants verse plastic.

Drastic demands. Slam another down the hatch then.

Life's parallel to this art. Cross hatching.

Last should be first let's reverse this status.

(verse)

Surmise from title, I'm liable to cut loose

Inside a cycle of searching and uncertainty seems to fuel

The Tyler Durden of wording in clubs fighting the view

Unusually cruel the news anchors angles obtuse

Dangling strange fruit my ancestors had roots so deep

Turn over a new leaf musing musically

In the land of permanent sleep which is relative to deceased

Cousin order for freedom to ring we need more than these companies

Incorporated, unadulterated latest in fashion

The new National anthem José can you see my mansion

Can't imagine or fathom the impact happens so casually

Gradually disconnected infection spreading so rapidly

Unabashedly open to spreading hope

Wrote this note bottle idle American idols blind to what's vital

The rival school's in the building

And building begins with children

So age is only a number

I've come to recount brilliance

(chorus)

Tragic actions. Mass distractions.

Trapped in the past need a plan so I hatched it.

Cut to the point. Use your voice like hatchets.

Last shall be first. Let's reverse this status.

Planet's panicked. Plants verse plastic.

Drastic demands. Slam another down the hatch then.

Life's parallel to this art. Cross hatching.

Last should be first let's reverse this status.
Track Name: Dustified
A city turned to dust
The future of a nation blown away
The world was changed forever in a day
Did you see it?
The dust went up, we know it wasn't burning
Judy Wood
An energy that could be used for good