Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo

Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
SoloWorldFolk

World Folk with 'smatterings' of Africa and Newfoundland

Biography

World Folk with 'smatterings' of Africa and Newfoundland 

Randal Arsenault is a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland, now based between Canada and southern Africa as Director of the University of Alberta Southern African Field School. Since 2003, Randal Arsenault has toured Canada, Japan, UK and South Africa, and won nominations for 2015 and 2009 World Recording of the Year (East Coast Music Awards), 2006 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (Music Newfoundland), 2003 Artist of the Year (Music NL), and a finalist position in the 2003 Canadian Songwriting Competition (CMW).

Randal performs solo or with full band, such as in Canada with Sudanese guitarist David Kabbashi and drummer Darryl Swart from South Africa (fmr Tree 63), and in southern Africa with Barry van Zyl (Johnny Clegg Band) and Josh Hawks (Freshly Ground).

See live video recorded in Cape Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdm4rKHPC1g

David Hayman (Music Supervisor, VAPOR MUSIC Toronto) says:

"I saw Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo for the first time in Corner Brook Newfoundland (ECMA 2009) at a show at midnight in a sea of ready-to-party teens and young adults. I had heard from Randal, whom I had met earlier in a pitch session, that the band had been focusing on the youth and adult audiences but when Dr Zoo performed they had every single young person in the crowd on their side. The entire crowd, myself included, was totally sold on the idea of Dr Zoo because from the first note it was clear that the band was both authentic and extremely talented.....They had us clapping along, shouting lyrics we had just learned and roaring with cheers on almost every band member's solo's".

Website: www.drzoomusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Randal-Arsenault-and-Dr-Zoo/26973820337

Lyrics

Welcome to Africa

Written By: Randal Arsenault

Sawubona, Unjani
Jambo, Habaragani

My plane is finally landing
My journey is at an end
It’s time to start all over
And drink these waters again

She says to me softly
“I’m glad that you are here”
I think to myself
I’m a little bit scared
“Welcome my friend, I’m gonna open your mind”

“Welcome to Africa”
Sawubona, Unjani
Jambo, Habaragani

I feel it in the soil
And the people all around
A beauty that’s unbroken
And the peace that I have found

She says that “I’ve been here
(since) the beginning of time”
“I’ve watched you grow, I’ve watched you shine”
“Welcome my friend, I’m gonna open your mind”

“Welcome to Africa”
Sawubona, Unjani
Jambo, Habaragani

(From “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”)
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

“Welcome to Africa”
Sawubona, Unjani
Jambo, Habaragani

Stay with me

Written By: Randal Arsenault

You are brighter than the sun
You see things that I do not
The beauty in everything
Would you stay with me?

There’s a place in my mind
Where I go when I am scared
And you are there to comfort me
Would you stay with me?

If I were Titan of the sky
And I could hand you the moon
Wrapped in silk bows of red
Would you stay with me?

I’m gonna climb the highest mountain
And carried to you by the wind
This cry of my devotion
Would you stay with me?

Home Now

Written By: Randal Arsenault

To his wife and child he came at last
In Africa the time they passed
Forgive me love I’ve gone astray
I finally think know the way to make it

Home Now, Home Now

He told her that he must return
To the wind and swell where he was born,
He hoped and wished that she would come
Together they would raise their son

Home Now, Home Now

So they packed their bags and set to sail
With his family’s love he would not fail to make it home now
And as the coast came into view
The tears they fell and the boy knew he was home now

Finally he came face to face
And told his father his sordid fate
How an old man came along the way
Suggesting roads that he should take

Home Now, Home Now

His father laughed and began to tell
How he and his father had fought as well
We may not know the meaning of life
But we know more than we did that night

Home Now, Home Now

You can run and you can roam
But in the end you heart will lead you home
From lands afar and back again
All things eventually come to an end

With his friends and family by his side
They sang the songs of all their lives
The boy thought of all he’d been through
As they sang happy birthday and welcome to

Home Now, Home Now

And his father stood beamed with delight
And held the cake in candlelight
The boy laughed and the old man too
Cause written on the cake was number 42

Home Now, Home Now

You can run and you can roam
But in the end you heart will lead you home

From sea to sea and back again
All things eventually will come

Home Now, Home Now

40 Days and 40 Nights

Written By: Randal Arsenault

There was a boy I knew
Went out into the night
On a search for the answer
And the meaning of life

An old man he did appear
At the fork upon the road
The boy told him of his quest
And asked which way to go

Chorus:
If you want to know the answer
The prophet laughed and he smiled
Cross the ocean and the desert
For 40 days and 40 nights

In a desert very far away
Under an African sun
He cursed his curiosity
As he struggled to go on

Chorus:

After 40 days and 40 nights
He came upon the place
He entered into that cave
The answer face to face

He stared long and hard
But did not know what to do
Cause written on that stone
Was the number 42

Chorus:

Doghouse

Written By: Randal Arsenault

Verse 1 (the husband):
I tell you I love you
But you don't seem to hear

I was just hanging out with the boys
I didn't think you would care so much

Pre-Chrous (the wife):
Where were you last night
Why didn't you call I worried about you
Where were you last night

Chorus:
I've been rovin around, I've been drinking'em down
I've been running and howling at the moon
But the night is long gone
I've made it back home
I see that your angry with me

I'm in the doghouse again
You're in the
I'm in the doghouse again

Verse 2 (the husband):
We were just hangin out, having a bit of a party
I might had a couple of drinks, but I wasn't being one bit naughty

Pre-Chrous (the wife):
Where were you last night
Why didn't you call I worried about you
Where were you last night

Chorus:
I've been rovin around, I've been drinking'em down
I've been running and howling at the moon
But the night is long gone
I've made it back home
I see that your angry with me

I'm in the doghouse again
You're in the
I'm in the doghouse again

On Safari

Written By: Randal Arsenault

On Safari
by Randal Arsenault

On Safari
Indlovu ibuka imbube, imbube, imbube ibuka idube
(Elephant looking at the lion, lion looking at the zebra)

Verse 1:
Zebra in the grass, the lion she is watching him
This is the dance of the savannah
It plays over and over again

You got your predator-prey dynamics
It’s the same in people
You got to watch out for predators
You got to watch out for predators

On Safari
Indlovu ibuka imbube, imbube, imbube ibuka idube
On Safari
Indlovu ibuka imbube, imbube, imbube ibuka idube

Verse 2:
Competition everywhere
Zebra, Rhino, Wildebeest
They’re just partitioning their resources
They’re just trying to find their niche

The want to stand the test of time
Cause this is evolution
Cause only the strong survive
Cause only the strong survive

On Safari
Indlovu ibuka imbube, imbube, imbube ibuka idube
On Safari
Indlovu ibuka imbube, imbube, imbube ibuka idube

All God's Children

Written By: Randal Arsenault

All God’s Children
By Randal Arsenault

To help someone is help yourself,
Wena, wena (Zulu: you)

Verse 1:
Little boy walking down the road
He smiles but he does not have a home
Little boy walking down the street
He smiles but he has no food to eat

Chorus 1:
Little boy, little boy
You are one of All God’s Children
What a joy, what a joy
To help take care of All God’s children

To help someone is help yourself,
Wena, wena (Zulu: you)

Verse 2:
Little girl’s family died of AIDS
Who is left to show her the way
Will future generations ever see
The guiding hand of love and family

Chorus 2:
Little girl, little girl
You are one of All God’s Children
In this world, in this world
We must take care of All God’s children

Discography

Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo "Dr. Zoo's Last Dance" (2014)

- Nominated 2015 ECMA World Recording of the Year

Dr. Zoo "Southern African Field Studies" (2008)

- Nominated 2009 ECMA World Recording of the Year

Dr. Zoo "42" (2006)
- Nominated 2006 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (Music NL) for "I Wish"

Dr. Zoo Self-titled (2003)
- Nominated 2003 Music NL Rock Artist of the Year
- Finalist in 2003 National Songwriting Competition for "Can Only Get Better"

In addition to festival, club and corporate shows,

Dr. Zoo performs school (and festival) workshops exploring music, drumming, culture, geography and ecology of Africa.

Set List

Dr. Zoo Showcase Songs
(Duration: 30 minutes)

1. Welcome to Africa (4:00)
- This song describes the beauty of Africa and starts by having the audience repeat and sing Hello/ How are you in Zulu and Swahili (i.e. Sawubona, Unjani, Jambo, Habari Gani).

2. Zimbabwe (4:00)
- This is an Afro-Celtic Reggae song about the troubles in Zimbabwe. The bridge is sung by Youssou Sect from Senegal in Wolof

3. Viola (3:00)
- This is a North African song sung by David Kabbasshi from the Sudan in Arabic.

4. Winds of Africa (4:00)
- This is West African finger picking song about missing and wanting to go back to the “warm winds of Africa”. The bridge is Youssou Seck singing a famous poem from Senegal in French.

5. On Safari (4:00)
- This is an Afro-Reggae song about going on African Safari. It describes the research done by Randal Arsenault. This audience is encouraged to sing with the chorus “Elephant looking at the Lion, Lion looking at the Zebra”. The bridge is sung by Youssou S