Let's Start
Fela Kuti Lyrics


We're gonna start our live recording right now
We gonna play for you our first tune tonight
It's gonna be about four tunes
And the first tune is called
O l'oun t'awa se n'yara
Je k'abere
Now, which means...
Let's start what we have come into the room to do
(Fela chuckles)
Right on

Here goes...
One, two, three

Ehn, ehn, eh, oh, oh

O l'oun t'awa se ni'yara o o
Je k'abere, ehn, ehn, eh
Ma s'oju binti binti si mi o o
Je k'abere, ehn, eh, eh
Ma s'oju mi o seri si mi o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o

Eh, oh, ehn

Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Oya o o oya o
Oya o o o
Oya o o oya o
Oya o o o
Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Bo ara o, o bo ara o o

Eh

O l'oun t'awa se ni'yara o o
Je k'abere, ehn, ehn
Ma s'oju mi o seri si mi o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o

Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Bo ara o o, bo ara o o
Oya o o oya o
Oya o o o
Oya o o oya o
Oya o o o
Bo ara o o, bo'ra o o
Oya o o oya o
Oya o o o

Eh, eh, ehn, ehn, ehn, ehn, eh

O l'oun t'awa se ni'yara o o
Je k'abere, ehn, ehn, ehn, eh
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Ehn, ehn ehn je k'abere
Ose
Ehn, bo ara
Ehn, ehn, ehn oya o
Je k'abere
Ehn, ehn, ehn ose
Ehn, ma bo
Bo'ra o
Ehn, ose ose
Oya o o
Ehn, ehn
Oya o o o
Je k'abere
Oh oh
Oya o
Oya o o
Je k'abere
Oya o o o
Je k'abere
O ya o o o
Je k'abere

Writer(s): Valentine Bartee, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Ransome Kuti Fela, Charles Stewart, Eric Krasno

Contributed by Alexandra W. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

gd73

No one cares if you came here from Netflix. Just enjoy good music.

Tom Baldwin

i care.🤪

John Blutarski

Netflix? What's that?

Charles Ficher w/coffee breaks

5 WADAH

MadMan731

Why is it bad that people heard it thanks to a movie?

kunta kinte

How right you are, couldn t belive i didn t know this track of fela with Baker

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Moses Arobo

While a lot of you guys came from The New Netflix movie The Harder They Fall, just know that Fela Anikulapo Kuti (he changed his name from Ransom to Anikulapo, Anikulapo means I have death in my pouch) is a musical genius. He had cool music and was a lovely composer mostly for women and love but had to change his music and used it as a tool to fight the Nigerian Military Government as at then. He is still the only Musician with the highest number of Jail, Arrest and Torture. He is a REVOLUTIONARY, he is being celebrated yearly in Nigeria on a festival called FELABRATION. YouTube his name and watch some of his Iconic and Progressive Protest against Bad Governance in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Moses Arobo

@new york patriot Blake that's amazing! Sadly, only few people have towed the line of Fela Kuti to play Afro Beat genre, his children obviously (Femi and Seun), his grandchild, the child of Femi, Made Kuti and few guys. All other Nigerian artiste and by far, African artiste have modernized the Afro Beat into Afro Beats and now they're making global waves like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Ckay, Davido etc. It's impressive. It's just like how Hip Hop started off and now it has gone through different forms of modernization.

new york patriot Blake

nice to meet you moses, been listening to this track for many years. watched a doc about this ginger baker dude and found out about Fela. im a music head, old DJ from the 70s when hip hop was born here in ny. but i love music from everywhere, always fely its a DJs job to introduce people to new music. alpha blondy, Laura Beg, and so many others, my girl fatoumata diawara to name a few. be good moses and keep sharing that knowledge my brother. i always say im a old dread trapped in this white mans body, but its not about race its all about our souls

Moses Arobo

@new york patriot Blake hahahaha, it's cool, Blake. Great to know you. I'm Moses, a Nigerian living in Lagos, Nigeria.

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