Why Black Man Dey Suffer
Fela Kuti Lyrics


This rhythm is called Kanginni Koko
used in some particular kind of shrines…
in my home town, Abeokuta City.
It goes like this:
Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje
Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje
Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje
Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje...

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)
(Kanginni koko, kanginni je nje)

Why Blackman dey suffer today
Why Blackman dey suffer today
Why Blackman no get money today
Why Blackman no get money today
Why Blackman no go for moon today
Why Blackman no go for moon today
This is the reason why (tell me now)
This is the reason why (tell me again)
This is the reason why
We dey sit down for our landi jeje
We dey sit down for our landi jeje
We dey mind our business jeje
Some people come from far away land
Dem fight us and take our land
Dem take our people and spoil our towns
Na since then trouble starti o (hun, hun)
Na since then trouble starti o (one more time)
Na since then trouble starti o (hun)
Our riches dem take away to their land
In return dem give us their colony
Dem take our culture away from us
Dem give us dem culture we no understand
Black people we no know ourselves
We no know our ancestral heritage
We dey fight each other everyday
We're never together, we're never together at all
We're never together, we're never together at all
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
Tell me again;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
They take our culture away;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
They take our riches away;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
They take our land from us;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
They take our people away;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
We have to think of time to come;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
We have to think of our children to come;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
We have to be together and unite;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman no go for moon today;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman no get money today;
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman dey suffer
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
(That is why Blackman dey suffer today)

Writer(s): Kuti Fela Anikulapo

Contributed by Samantha L. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Eugene Mashapa

2019 and first time me hear this song. Fela is one of kind. Fela is very true and kind. Fela lives in our heart and mind. I wish my people can gratify the epistemological framings of Fela's music. Fela was not only an artist but an African Scholar who provided a paradigm shift in African ontological studies. Black man, women and child rise up again and show the world who is Alkebu-lan.

michael aifuobhokhan

no body can mentally play music like FELA ...

H.M.

like this fella

Godlove Stephen

Fela lives forever through his songs!

Cobenvent

Hugely talented Pan Africanist and political activist who sent striking messages out through his music to influence the Nigerian youths and the world. I recall him telling me that he sometimes got inspiration for his songs from the chirping of birds 😊.
Rest In Peace, great man.

Michaela Smith

@Cobenvent oh wow. That's beautiful. How was he? What was he like?

Cobenvent

@Michaela Smith yes I did! A couple of years before he died.

Michaela Smith

You met Fela?

Muhinot Ashiru

this track be jammin....the message is true today

Tec-Killa

#GeorgeFloyd 2020

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