JoJo Kuo & The Afro-Beat Collective

JoJo Kuo & The Afro-Beat Collective

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Definitive Afro-Beat by one of Africa's veteran pop drummer/producers, Cameroonian Joseph "JoJo" Kuo, formerly of Fela Kuti, Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango and Mory Kante, to name just a few.

Biography

Joseph “JoJo” Kuo is a much-sought after musician and producer who is known globally for his extraordinary drumming talent.

No Kelen Kelen (Cameroonian term for "no deception"), was conceived around the time of the opening of the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park, where JoJo was the resident African band and special events leader, in 1999.

This compilation was a long time in the making, and the diverse cultural backgrounds of the musicians are woven masterfully into this musical tapestry. No Kelen Kelen features vocals by Chet Samuel (Burning Spear), Sisaundra Lewis (Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”), Michelle Amato (Yanni), and notable studio musicians Rohan Reid (Najee), Charlie DeChant (Hall & Oates), Martino Atangana (Tchokola w/Jean-Luc Ponty), and others.

JoJo Kuo has contributed his performing and producing talents globally with such artists as Manu Dibango, Fela, Peter Gabriel, Papa Wemba, Mory Kante, Harry Belafonte and Richard Bona, to name just a few. JoJo’s creative talents have contributed directly to the success of many African hits, most notably Mory Kante’s, “Yeke Yeke,” an early World Beat production dance hit which sold over a million records worldwide.

JoJo currently lives in New York City. If you’d like to experience JoJo Kuo & The Afro-Beat Collective in person contact him at www.myspace.com/jojokuomusic or at his website, www.jojokuo.com. JoJo Kuo & The Afro-Beat Collective perform regularly at Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, Zebulon and other New York City locations.

Lyrics

General Hand Grenade

Written By: BRIAN W.SMITH/RAYMOND MCGUIRE

Good old general hand grenade
Riding in a motorcade
Sipping on a lemonade
And waving at his fans

Isabella band aid
Waving at the shrine parade
Eating toast and marmalade
And getting sticky hands

Good old general hand grenade
Riding in a motorcade
Looking for the cavalcade to take him off to war

Isabella band aid
Sucking on a Gatorade
Looking at the mess he made
And wondering what it’s for

People getting high
People getting low
People getting no where cause theirs nowhere to go

People getting high
People getting low
People getting no where cause they don’t know where to go

Good old general hand grenade
Riding in a motorcade
Looking for the cavalcade
To take him off to war

Isabella band aid
Sucking on a Gatorade
Looking at the mess they made
And wondering what it’s for
People getting high
People getting low
People getting no where cause they don’t know where to go
(Repeats)

Celebrate

Written By: JoJo Kuo/Chet Samuel

Oh lord I’m singing for the future of the children
Children of the world
You deserve a better life
Every time a child gives me a smile
I’m touched deep within my heart
Through them I see the means of love
So if we don’t protect the children
Let me tell you that

I believe that we missed the road
If we missed
If we missed the road
What should we do to get our lives back on track

This one is for the children
We must care and protect them and love them
And make them go strong
Into the future you know
Yea, that’s how it go

Oh lord I’m singing for the future of the children
Children of the world
You deserve a better life
Every time a child gives me a smile
I’m touched deep within my heart
Through them I see the means of love
So if we don’t protect the children
Let me tell you that

Say we got to
Say we got to
Say we got to love and cherish all the children

So now it seems that we’ve missed the past we’ve lost
Along the track
Some how we got to come together now and celebrate

The children’s day

So let’s come together
Let’s treat the children right
Children of the world you know
Let’s honor and protect our children
And in so
We will protect and honor our future
For mother earth and to the stars

Seems to me we got to love our children
Say we got to love our children

Come let’s get together
Let’s treat the children right (repeats)

Why Can't You See

Written By: JoJo Kuo/Harry Henry Hann

Wait now why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go
Stop now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go
I’m sitting I’m sitting I’m sitting I’m just doing nothing
I’m waiting I’m waiting I’m waiting I’m waiting for nothing
Were fighting were fighting were fighting and no body’s winning
It’s like playing and playing and playing when no ones dancing
So wait now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go
Stop now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go

Like children were dancing were singing like nothing’s the matter
Forgetting our troubles for now like their going away
I’m laughing I’m laughing I’m laughing just to be laughing
You worry you worry you worry you worry for nothing

Wait now why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go
Stop now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go

I’m sitting I’m sitting I’m sitting I’m just doing nothing
I’m waiting I’m waiting I’m waiting I’m waiting for nothing
Were fighting were fighting were fighting and no body’s winning
like playing like playing like playing when no ones dancing
So wait now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go
Stop now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go

I said wait now
Why can’t you see
You’ve got to ease up just to let go

Mr. JoJo

Written By: JoJo Kuo/Harry Henry Hann

Come on baby we can have some fun
Just imagine life has just begin
Walking walking walking walking walking all day
Now you talking talking talking
Come on baby you can stay right here
Forget your cell phone you can stay right here
Turn it off turn it off turn it off turn it off turn it off turn it off

Come on baby lets just have some fun
Just imagine life has just begun
Talking talking talking talking talking all night
Now it’s dancing dancing dancing now its party time
Talking talking talking talking talking all night
Now it’s dancing dancing dancing now its party time
Keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up

Now you be talking talking talking talking talking all night
Now it’s dancing dancing dancing now its party time
Keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up

Melody

Written By: JoJo Kuo/Harry Henry Hann

I’ve got melody
Got melody
Sing a little melody
Sweet melody

Melody
Got melody
Sing a little melody
What a beautiful song

Everyday is a beautiful day
Start your day in a beautiful way
A melody is a beautiful way to start your day in a beautiful way

Seems to me I’ve got nothing to say
But start your day in a beautiful way

A melody is like the face of a new day
A beautiful melody is like the rays of sunshine
A beautiful melody will make you feel fine fine fine
A melody will paint such a beautiful picture
A melody to fill up your heart with joy
A melody to sing to the person who loves you

Melody got melody
Sing a little melody
Sweet melody

Melody got melody
Sing a little melody
What a beautiful song

Everyday is a beautiful day
Start your day in a beautiful way
A melody is a beautiful way to start your day in a beautiful way

Seems to me I’ve got nothing to say
But start your day in a beautiful way

A melody is like the face of a new day
A beautiful melody is like the rays of sunshine
A beautiful melody will make you feel fine fine fine
A melody will paint such a beautiful picture
A melody to fill up your heart with joy
A melody to sing to the person who loves you

Sweet melody
(Repeats)

Discography

JoJo Kuo - No Kelen Kelen

Set List

Two 45min. Sets consisting of original songs from the current album, "No Kelen Kelen" plus covers - Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango and other popular African artists.