One Destiny

by Shokazoba Funkestra

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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
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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!
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One Destiny 08:10
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
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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
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Puppets 07:08
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
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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
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Hatchet 07:14
(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.
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Dustified 05:52
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

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Recorded at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA - January, 2014

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released May 10, 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 Funkestra Northampton, Massachusetts

Shokazoba is a nine piece horn driven new world funk powerhouse. They began in 2005 as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original work aimed to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics.
Shokazoba performs top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls.
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