The Afrobiotics

The Afrobiotics

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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The sound of West African funk medicine is administered directly to the soul by The Afrobiotics, your personal afro-beat doctors. Hypnotic basslines and undulating guitars lay the foundations for fiery horn lines and Senegalese vocalist Lamine Sonko's message of struggle, peace and sheer joy.

Biography

The Afrobiotics are a six piece Melbourne based band that breathe new life into the sound of West Africa and bring a powerful message of resistance to the next generation of afro-beat.

“Make your power a fire, so we can cook enough for all …” chants Mr Fantastic out front of The Afrobiotics as guitars weave layers of rhythm and the hypnotic bass and drums ready the dance floor for a rapid crossfire between the organ and horns. This is afro-beat medicine administered directly to your soul.

Mr Fantastic (Lamine Sonko) is a Senegalese griot musician who has recently migrated to Australia. He is a ‘Culture Keeper’ bringing traditional Sabar music and dance forms to the band’s compositions as well as a first hand afro-beat authenticity. The songs flip in and out of traditional tongue, street pidgin chants and English verse regularly punctuated by impossible percussion.

The band have already gathered weighty afro-experience in Australia and Africa as the core of the 17 piece group The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra with members having performed at Fela Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

Lyrics

Don't Play With Fire

Written By: Lamine Sonko

Verse
Power's like fire, you can use it to cook for everyone
But if you play with it, it will burn you.

Chorus
Don't play with fire
Don't play with fire

Verse
Mr power you think you earn all the hours.
You have time for vocations
You have time for relaxation
When the poor are confuse
When the cost of leaving gets so high
Make your power a fire, so we can cook enough for all.

Chorus
Don't play with fire
Don't play with fire

Come and See

Written By: Lamine Sonko

Verse
Where is the gift of the Almighty?
when u make pay to live in this world.

Chorus
Come and see the government, what they do
what they do hoo
Come and see the government, what they do hoo

Verse
They go like this.
Money-money
Out of our pocket
Freeway we pay
Water we pay
When you work pay
When don't work, pay
Everyday, pay.

Chorus
Come and see the government, what they do
what they do hoo
Come and see the government, what they do.