Roforofo Fight
Fela Kuti Lyrics


From Abeokuta city
Translation to original English:
She tear pata, he tear buba
She tear pata, he tear buba
She tear trouser, he tear pant
She tear trouser, he tear pant
She pull the thing commot, he tear the thing
She pull the thing commot, he tear the thing
All don scatter
From Abeokuta city

Get away
Fuck off
Who are you?
Go and die
Fuck away
Get away
Who are you?
Go and shit
You dey craze
I no craze
Fuck away
Who are you, eh?
Na two people dey yab so
Na two people dey yab so
Where them dey yab, roforofo dey
Where them dey yab, roforofo dey
Now listen to me now now
Huh!
Two people dey yab
Crowd dey look
Roforofo dey
Two people dey yab
Crowd dey look
Roforofo dey
Wetin you go see?
Roforofo fight eh
Wetin you go hear?
Roforofo fight eh

If you dey among the crowd wey dey look
If you yourself
You yourself dey among the crowd wey dey look
And your friend
Your friend dey among the two wey dey yab
Tell am, tell am, tell am, tell am
Tell am make him no fight o
Make him no fight
Make him no fight because Roforofo dey
Your friend him don vex
Him don vex patapata, him no go hear
Your friend him don vex
Him don vex patapata, him no go hear
By and by
By and by the fight go start
By and by
By and by them go fall for roforofo o
Them face go be roforofo face
Them yansh go be roforofo yansh
Them body go be roforofo body
You no go know
You no go know who your friend be
You no go fit help your friend
Just because roforofo dey
If you wan help your friend
Roforofo go rub for your face
If you wan help your friend
Roforofo go rub for your yansh
You go tell am make him no vex
You don tell am before make him no fight o
Make him no fight
Make him no fight because roforofo dey
Now listen to me now now now now
Huh!
Roforofo don change them
Them go look like twins
You no go know who be who
Roforofo don change them
Them go look like twins
You no go know who be who
You no go know your friend from who
You don tell am before
Make him no fight o
Roforofo dey for there
Two people dey yab
Crowd dey look
Roforofo dey
Wetin you go see?
Roforofo fight eh
Wetin you go hear?
Roforofo fight eh

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Written by: FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI

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All comments from YouTube:

Vishnu Varatharajan

I'm writing this comment with an immense weight over my chest. Listening to this album was a spiritual experience for me. The Fela I knew before through his music was a rebel; a non-conformist from a distance. But today he spoke to me up close, almost infused. He connected with the depths of my soul and was communicating something to me. His meaningless humms evoked something historical; the remnants of pain of a body and mind oppressed for generations by systems of power. The world around me started to lose its shape. A century earlier, there would have been no way a person from remote Nigeria could have communicated with someone in the future from remote southern India. The intermediate structures appear before me now; his message travelled through electricity, electromagnetism, LP, digitisation, YouTube, and then one fine morning at 5am when I was struggling to sleep I decided to hear Fela, and then it reached me, after passing through a series of conduits. This is a universal moment for me. I stare at the Neem tree outside my house right now, and there is a line of ants climbing up. Fela once breathed on this Earth like this Neem tree, like these ants, like me, and he reached me across the barriers of time and space. I am just sad how many of such messages were lost forever to humanity because it couldn't be recorded. As I finished listening and was in utter shock at the witnessing of present, past and future intertwining before me, my father came to me with a cup of honey water. I looked at him and he had grey hair. The last time I seriously looked at him like that, he was younger. Live the moments people, please live it. We are drowned by technologies and structures that many times we miss to see what is in front of our eyes. 100 years later someone would feel the same way for something else that is unrecordable now, but recordable then. Our every breath is precious people. I see you Fela, I see you from 5,000 miles apart, from 50 years away. I see you up close. I feel you. And I thank you.

Tommi

God bless your articulate soul

pottymouth studios

I feel bad. You guys are out here having spiritual awakenings, I'm just playing morrowind on my xbox while fela provides funky vibes

Quinn W. Johnson

Thank You for your poignancy. Life sometimes aludes us, hurts us, but with one listen to Fela Kuti, we are given another chance to get it right.

Gideon Shoo

Vishnu how could I miss such a strong message. Very emotional but full of wisdom. it is full of deep thought. what else is there to say. can we all see the connectivity of ages through technology. Fella is alive with us today and so will he be with generations to come.

Kisa Wisa

damn

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brother rabbit

The dialect is called "Pidgin" not "Broken English".
It is universally understood in Nigeria, has its own rules, and vocabulary.
Needless to say it is very expressive, especially with a poet like Fela.

Dominic AndrewZ🎵

What’s the argument about? We in Naija use both term interchangeably. The regular person on the streets of Nigeria says “pidgin” or “broken.” Although no one says the full phrase “broken English.” It continues to evolve and there’s nothing degrading about calling Broken English; we are proud of our vocab 🤣🤣 abeg no go dey make mountain for where e no dey

Samuel Akinbo

@ahenathon Just listen my man, the term "broken English" is racist. Just say Naija or Nigerian Pidgin.

ahenathon

@Shane Mccoy "Broken English" is completly fine term. Considering that English is also a broken form of Frisian.

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