FIRE TONGUE

FIRE TONGUE

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URBAN AFROBEAT The new African sound Contempory African funky Jazz mix with electronic twist I SING WITH BROKING ENGLISH

Biography

Ok Firetongue was born in Cameroon , and has played guitar, keyboard and accordion since he was 6 years old. His first sources of inspiration came from churches, where his father preached the Good Book. When he was only 13, a jazz-guitar teacher in Yaoundé took him on as an accompanist, playing in cabarets, bars, embassies, etc. He worked with him for a year, then founded his own group, with Solo, a one-armed guitarist, a bassist and a rhythm box. They decided to hit the high-road to adventure and headed for Nigeria, in search of new musical sources. That's how he became acquainted with a nation that was into reggae, high-life, traditional music, funk, rock and afrobeat. His music became a fusion of his clean and saturated guitar blues, based on rock and roots energy, with all of these other movements. He created a new style that soon became highly popular. People listened and danced to his music in cities and villages all over country. Then he discovered Fela Kuti. From then on Firetongue, already enriched by the spiritual inheritance from his father and his personal experiences, decided to add a cultural meaning to his music to stress the message in his compositions. Nigeria was a much larger country, a space more suited to his kind of musical expression. He met musicians from Rex Lossen, Étienne T-Boy, Geraldo Pino, etc. He became the opening act for Femi Kuti at the Shell Club in December 1995. He lined up concerts for his group in clubs and luxury hotels, in villages for the employees of Elf, Total, Texaco, Schlumberger, etc. as well as on off-shore oil rigs and in love-hotels… In 1997, during his in-house contract at the Airport Hotel in Port Harcourt, with Desmond OSARAWI and GERALDO PINO he organized Fela Kuti's last two concerts at the Civic Center and the Airport Hotel. The concert at the Civic Center lined up Fela Kuti, Egypt 80’s, Sean Kuti, Geraldo Pino, Étienne T-Boy, and Firetongue, with his band Phils Entertainment. Fela Kuti's death brought to an end his stay in Nigeria. In 1998, back in Cameroon, he played at the Fako Club. That's where Patrick Lambert, an impresario, offered to bring him to play in France. Firetongue then created the T-Boys with Étienne (Gold record in Africa), Lewis, Édoube and Osuagwu. When the got to Paris, they played that same evening at the New Morning Club, then at the Divan du Monde, at the Flèche d’Or, in the Fresnes penitentiary, etc. A maxi-vinyl of T-Boys, Bring Peace, came out in 2002 at Straight Up, and was distributed by Discographe. Firetongue wrote, composed and arranged 4 of the 7 numbers. The record was licensed to the USA, to Japan and South Africa. Then Firetongue left the group for a solo career. In 1999, he did the arrangements for the performer Kaapi for the publisher Saravah, produced by Pschent/Universal. Then he met the sound and mastering engineer from Translab, Michel Roche, a.k.a. Chief Cook, with whom he made the album WAYO BRING WAR licensed to Nocturne, which is due for release in April 2006. Firetongue wrote socially-committed lyrics for the album, and composed haunting melodies with his magical guitar and keyboard. He created a new sound born of the fusion of afrobeat and new amplified techniques: «… Afro meets Modern Touch, in a Blues Mood… » Michel Roche, a.k.a. Chief Cook, supplied his talents as a programmer and executive producer. If Fela Kuti's music was like fireworks, Firetongue's is more like a river. It is impregnated with a deep fluidity that gives afrobeat a new dimension, bringing modernity and sophistication to the ongoing struggle for dignity in Africa. Firetongue voice is as deep and modern as his music: the power that it conveys makes him a truly outstanding performer.

Lyrics

COMMOT FOR ROAD (AIÉ)

Written By: FIRE TONGUE

Come Out For Road ( Aié )

when they act and then finish

people go saying aié é é

people say ahéhéhé

means cry ... people cry ...

yes people crisis

people crying crying crying

when they act and then finish

finish finish

come out for road let dem pass x10

day breaks night comes

dem they act people dey cry x3

aié aié aié ... owa !

BLIND ARGUMENTS

Written By: FIRE TONGUE

da thing da you want me to do

no get head in my own so far

da thing da you want me to do

no get head in my onw fashion

i'am talking about

panic threating teesing oppressing (bis)

it can't make me join da blind arguments

talking, setting, planning, frustration (bis)

they can't make me join da blind arguments

good for you or bad for you

sing this tune one more time

chorus :

blind arguments,blind arguments

you can't make me join da blind arguments

POLITIKY MADNESS

Written By: FIRE TONGUE/CK

oéhiti

Poéhitiky

politiki yeah yeah yeah

madinnessy yeah yeah yeah

cause oppression yeah yeah yeah

bring confusion yeah yeah yeah

anytime yeah yeah yeah

everywhere yeah yeah yeah

bringing troubles

swinging grooving

like pussicaty

move in silence

when quench take place

people crying people stubburn

turn by turn movement change

yeah yeah yeah

talki changi

yeah yeah yeah

poéhitiky

yeah yeah yeah

fighty starty no consciusness

yeah yeah yeah

day day night night

yeah yeah yeah

anytime

yeah yeah yeah

koro koro

yeah yeah yeah

bringing troubles

haaaaaaaaaa

changy changy da common sens

changy changy da bad knowledge

hummmmmmmmmmm

la la la la la la la laaa

singing grooving

swinging grooving

grooving swinging

nighty nighty bringing troubles

no conciusness yeah yeah yeah

fighty starty nighty nighty

corner corner day day

backi backi nighty nighty

SEND SOME HOPE

Written By: FIRE TONGUE

Send Some Hope

everyday everywhere

working hard be aware

if you don't feel alright or

don't feel cool...

just because maybe somewhere else

you are hidding something dark

so tell the truth and live in that truth

everyday and night

send some hope

out of querrel

out of egocentrism

send some hope

no matta what

send some hope

send send send send send

some hope

send send send send send

some hope

out of egocentrism

we can play some pure music

as we used to play before

when people were feeling happy

so don't miss your chances

to walk on your best

because someone is waiting

to see your face smiling.

you can do it more and more

when you feel it, right or cool...

sing

whatever you see send some hope

whatever you feel give some hope

whatever you hear send some hope

whatever you meet give some hope

whatever you see send some hope

whatever you feel give some hope

whatever you hear send some hope

whatever you meet give some hope

think about it

to give some hope

if you really want some hope

why don't you give some more

WE GET TO DO IT TOGETHER

Written By: FIRE TONGUE

We get to do it together

sohô sohô sohô sohô sohô

oghô oghô oghô oghô oghô

achoukou choukou chouk hé

ohooooooooooooooooooooooo

ohooooooooooooooooooo

we do it we do it to gether

We get to do it together Fire Tongue (bakoko language cameroon)

PRAISE DA NAME

Written By: FIRE TONGUE

Praise Da Name

when you see things change bis)

praise da name

the weather change

praise da name (bis)

children lost and corrupt

their action change

praise da name

stubburn and strange

their action change

chagara kékoudo (bis bis)

when things change

when talk change

action changy

mindy changy

people changy

when you see things change

praise da name

da weather change

so my friend when you want

to tell me something next time

go and see your friend

don't come to me

any more

go and see your friend

because i dont want hear all those

rubi rubi ruber ruber lies lies

faki faki things

faki faki faki

fak faki things

chorus

faki faki things

faki faki things

faki faki things

faki faki things

i don't want hear

i no want see

i just want go

fake fake fake fake fake

fake fake fake fake fake

Discography

BRING PEACE 2002 /DISCOGRAPH

WAYO BRING WAR 2006/ NOCTURNE

BRING ARGUMENTS 2008/ NOCTURNE

Set List

WAYO BRING WAR

1) Aie / commot for road 04’15’’
2) wayo dey bring war 05’21’’
3) Politiki madness VR MIX 03’56’’
4) We get to do it VL 10’28’’
5) When afro meets blues 04’01’’
6) Send some hope 08’39’’
7) wayo dey bring war 4’48’’
8) Aie/ come for road INST 11’39’’
9) Politiki madness VD 11’39’’
10) Send some hope+vocal (hiding track)

BLIND ARGUMENTS

1) Je Le Sais Très Bien 05’38’’
2) Blind Arguments 08’55’’
3) All DaTalk Is Hiding 04’44’’
4) Sing Swing One More Time 03’36’’
5) Just Boogie On Da Groove 03’25’’
6) The Lord By My Side 05’19’’
7) Praise Da Name 10’55’’
8) Can We Play Da Pure Music 04’54’’
9) For Your Happiness Baby 08’47’’
10) Jeannetika 02’55’’
11) No Smoke WithoutFire 05’14”
12) Pas De Fumée Sans Feu 04’34’’