Peter Cole

Peter Cole

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Peter brands his music as world music, which is a blend of African sounds and rhythms and Western pop music, an experienced musician and a multi-instrumentalist. Peter reads and writes music and plays the Guitar, Keyboard and Bass. He is an Arranger, Composer, lyricist and a great public speaker

Biography

The phenomenal Liberian composer, arranger and singer rose from humble beginnings in Central Liberia, Bong County to become the acclaimed artist he now is.

Peter began his life under the loving parentage of Mr. & Mrs. Nagbe Barchue Cole in Gbarnga City. Mr. & Mrs. Cole were themselves natural musicians playing and singing in a local Methodist church where Peter himself grew up and was actively involved in the choir. This situation presented the perfect condition for the Cole family to ignite the innate artistic make-up of young Peter in whom music was already finding expressions. The passion and appreciation for music was finally accentuated when young Peter learned to play the guitar at age eight.

The humble beginnings of the Cole family was not an obstacle Peter could not overcome in his pursuit of a life of music, his strong aptitude and curiosity for knowledge were also driving forces in his every endeavor.

In 1983, Peter satisfied the scholarship criteria of the Christian Brother, a Roman Catholic Order, to school at the St Martin High School in Bong County . Peter maintained his scholastic standards and his scholarship until the civil crisis that began in 1989. Besides his excellence exhibited during music classes and his active participation in a junior band as an amateur guitarist, he was also a distinguished pupil amongst his peers. His academic prowess was felt specifically in Literature, Physics and Mathematics.

Peter was coerced by the war to school in Monrovia where upon merit he enrolled at the prestigious St Patrick's High School. This school was known for the zero tolerance it exercised against mediocre. Again, his phenomenal aptitude earned him the desired full recognition amongst his contemporaries. By then, he was already a recording artist while running a crash- music program, at the Catholic Mission in Matadi Estate, Monrovia.

At the climax of his academic sojourn at the St Patrick's High School July, 1993/1994-school year, he composed, arranged and sang the graduating class song at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Shortly before Peter's graduation he became both a trainer and leader of the Don Bosco Beat Band where he taught young people the beauty of music as oppose to the ugly sounds of guns. His first recording at that time became a testament of this philosophy, “Stay Alive.” The album was titled ‘Be Awake.” Stay Alive today represent the title track of that album.

The band was involved in advocacy -- calling for national dialogue on pertinent national issues. This background qualified the band for an ideal partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC on the Geneva Convention. February 2, 1996 an ICRC sponsored initiative brought together four acclaimed African musicians to Liberia. At the Catholic Mission in New Matadi Estate, Papa Wemba, Youssous N'Dour, and Labaja were in a live documentary concert with the Bosco Beat Band. The concert was a protest against the proliferation of civil wars in Africa and the world over. During the concert Senegalese super star, Youssous N'Dour became greatly thrilled by Peter's vocals and later promised to work with him. Today that promised has been fulfilled greatly as Peter is one of the principle musicians in Youssous' studio engaged into composition, arrangement and live playing.

In 2001, Peter contributed three songs to the United Nation High Commission for Refugee's, UNHCR Building Bridges CD and participated in the European tour that covered five countries in Europe France, England, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium which was to raise funds for the education of refugee children. This was one of the greatest moments in Peter's life where he finally had the chance to contribute something to refugees, since himself had been one.

Peter is an experienced musician and a multi-instrumentalist. He reads and writes music and plays the Guitar, Keyboard and Bass. He is an Arranger, Composer, lyricist and a great public speaker.

Peter is a Catholic. He lives with his beautiful daughter in Dakar, Senegal.

His dream is to work for humanity, through his music. He believes very strongly that music is the one universal language that transcends creed, color, race and ethnicity.

On Saturday June 28 2008, Peter Cole lead an array of international and local artists for the grand finale of the anti-rape campaign being carried out for the past four years by the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to educate about the danger of rape and the need to report it to the police. Nigerian Film Star Stephanie Okereke, Ghanaian Musician Sidney and Sierra Leone's Zero Star had all been part of the charity concert to have been held at the SKD Sports Stadium in Monrovia beginning at 11am.

Peter's new album, Rebirth, was released on March 25 2008.

Lyrics

I love you, Dad

Written By: Peter Cole

I LOVE YOU DAD
(Paroles et Musique: Peter Cole)

1. Hello Dad, I wish you were here.
I need you in all I fear I learnt from you the times I was wrong; something that’s made me strong
You are the light that brightens my night;
You were always right
I promise you now I will never forget that you are my world

REF: I; I really need you by my side to tell you all I’ve done because of you
And Dad, I will follow close behind. Your every step I’ll take in my life
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you (Repeat)

3. I know what it is to live without a wife; but you, you were very strong
You were so strong in giving our needs. You, you’ve made our world I promise you now I will never forget that you; you’ve made my world

Stay Alive

Written By: Peter Cole

STAY ALIVE
(Paroles et Musique: Peter Cole)

1. I woke up sound and strong this morning a lot of questions on my mind
Is the human race awake? Do we care, do we worry about the way this world is going,

2. About the million things at stake? Do we dream of another world somewhere nowhere in the skies?

Do we wanna keep surviving? What about music? What about children? What about nature’s quest to stay alive?

Chorus: To stay alive we must listen. To stay alive we must share. For a while each one must say

This little world is mine. This little world is mine

In our every actions everyday no one wants to be the weaker one: what’s the prize for the strong?

Though we spill a river of blood, “I’m right” we say. I’m right. If History has taught us no lessons is there a need to teach our children? Will there ever be the strongest? What about music? What about children? What about aids, debts and poverty? (Chorus)


Does it really matter who you are? Does it really matter where you’re from? Does it really matter what you believe?

DIALOGUE. What about music? What about children? What about nature’s quest to stay alive? What about music? What about children? What about aids, debts and poverty? (Chorus)

Te Amo (I love you)

Written By: Peter Cole

TE AMO (I LOVE YOU)
(Paroles et Musique: Peter Cole)

1. I wanna see you every morning
Everytime I hear the phone ring I wish it was you.
I go walking everyday in your neighborhood hoping you will come my way
I wanna hold you close to me every moment of the day.
You make me believe there’s winter on the sun.
I don’t care how long it takes, even if my heart could break.
I got to find the time to let you know

Ref: Mbeugeu na le, te amo
I love you more than words can say (Repeat)
Wanna hold you close to me every moment of the day.
Te amo

2. Kamoma ngor mehn vay kpeh um kli kan eh
Mbei klay ngan pa li nai y ndoun mba yan
Kamoma ngor mehn vay kpeh um kli kan eh
Mbei klay ngan pa li nai y wer y mba yan
Kagay a lair a woni wa um ndair
Dair noun sayin um ndo lo y yair y lor nair um mon (Repeat)

Mbeugeu na le, te amo
I love you more than words can say
I love you. Je t’aime (5x)
I wanna be with you every moment of the day
Te amo
I love you more than words can say

So Say Ba Ni

Written By: Peter Cole

SO SAY BA NI
(Paroles et Musique: Peter Cole)

1. I’ve got no social security
Many times I’ve died in poverty
Rejected by this society
Neglected by those in authority
Like the sun in the middle of the night
When we’re dream of things that would never be
I’m shining, I’m burning. My light is for those who stay awake
There’s no life without music

Ref: So say ba ni, so say mna oh
So ye ba ni, so mehn mna oh (Repeat)

2. You’ve being holding me down
With lies empty words and promises
I have paid all my dues (Repeat)
Like the sun in the middle of the night
My light is not hidden by the dark
I’m shining, I’m burning. My light is for those who stay awake
Ah é pili koun ko, ah é pili koun ko (Repeat)
Tikpeh Nimely pili koun ko, Morris dorley pili koun ko
Tecumsay Roberts pili koun ko, Ah é pili koun ko
Ah é pili koun ko, ah é pili koun ko (Repeat)
Ras Katapa pili koun ko, Scatti Paypay pili koun ko
Ah é pili koun ko, ah é pili koun ko
Ah é pili koun ko, ah é pili koun ko (Repeat)

Ref: So say ba ni, so say mna oh
So ye ba ni, so mehn mna oh (Repeat)

3. Got to have social security, don’t have to die in poverty
You know I’m a part of this society
Like the sun in the middle of the night, my light is not hidden by the dark
I’m shining, I’m burning. My light is for those who stay awake
There’s no life without music.

We want peace

Written By: Peter Cole

WE WANT PEACE
(Paroles et Musique: Peter Cole)

1. Everyday the world is crying for the blood that flows across the nations
It's not impossible to live with all our differences
Let there be peace in the world, let there be love
Tout les jours le monde pleurt. Le sang qui coule a travers les nations
Il est possible de vivre avec nos differences
Nous voulons la paix dans le monde, nous voulons l'amour

Ref. We want peace for the nations and its people
We want love and an end to all the troubles
And we look to the day when the world will live as one
And we will not have to fight about who we are or what we believe

2. Think about the millions who are starving.
What about those who fight to stay alive
Let's not forget the millions who long for an answer.
Let there be peace in the world
Let there be love
Il y a des gens qui meurt de faim. Il y a des gens qui luttent pour leur existence
Il y a des gens qui ont besoin d'une reponse.
Nous voulons la paix dans le monde, nous voulons l'amour

Ref: Nous voulons la paix pour les nations et ces peuples
Nous voulons l'amour et la fin de toutes souffrances
Nous attendons le jour ou nous rentrerons chez nous
Et nous n'aurons plus besoin de nous enfuire

Ref: We want peace for the nations and its people
We want love and an end to all the troubles
And we look to the day when we all will go back home
And we will not have to run anymore/i>

And we will not have to run ( Repeat) anymore.

Discography

I love you, Dad
Stay alive
Te amo (I love you)
So Say Ba Ni
We want peace
I promise you

Set List

I love you, Dad
Stay alive
Te amo (I love you)
So Say Ba Ni
We want peace
I promise you