Tribe Of Djembe

Tribe Of Djembe

 New York City, New York, USA
BandWorldReggae

The bands motto is "Move the Body then move the Soul".

Biography

Tribe of DJEMBE provides an experience like no other. The Tribe moves their audience with Reggae, Afro-Beat-Hip-Hop and World Dance. The bands motto is Move the Body then move the Soul. They are lead by the rather open minded songwriting style of Singer-Song writer, Ricardo "Tribe" Ricketts. The band also just happens to have one of the wickedest RYTHYM SECTIONS around as well as a great pair of Guitarists, a fine Keyboard player and amazing percussionists. At their concerts, audiences groove themselves to conscious vibes back by a tremendously beautiful music. Tribe's story-telling Songwriting style and the bands passionate expressions through their instruments can bring an audience to an emotional fervor. A Tribe of Djembe concert is an experience that stays in the hearts and souls of the audience for a long time. The band is well loved by its various groups of fans and admirers.
The Band has opened for Burning Spear, Yellow Man, Luciano, Eek-A-Mouse and many others. Jamaican Legend Luciano, did a duet with the band on "Turn and Run" a popular a track on The Tribes second album, "Rise, Sufferah's Anthem". Tribe of Djembe has played in some of the best festivals, venues and colleges in NY, NJ, MA, PA, CT, ME, VT, and LI. They have played concerts at, Central Park, Various Festivals, BB Kings, China Club, NJPAC, Supper Club, CBGBs, SOBs, La Bar/Bat, Steven Talk House in East Hamptons, Wetlands, DownTime,etc. Plus their CD plays on TV and Radio shows such WNBC-TV, BET, WLIR, WLIB, Royal Radio, Link Up Radio, Irie Jam, and many more.
The Bands second Album, "Rise Sufferah's Anthem", is an artistic leap for them and represents a unique and modern approach that ties various music of the Diaspora. It has been played on Radio, Web and other media in France, Britain, Norway, Holland, Croatia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, and various Caribbean islands.

For Bookings and music visit the links listed below.
www.myspace.com\TribeofDjembe
www.sonicbids.com/TribeOfDjembe

Lyrics

Rise

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Rise (Story of the Lost Tribe)
Words And Music by Ricardo Ricketts
Copy Right 2003, 2007

Verse 1
Take ONE more step my Brother
RISE from this Desert Sand.
Walk Though your HEART is burning
We MUST Continue on.

We NEVER Asked for trouble
But Mr Trouble TOOK our Home.
CHASE US to this wilderness
Laughing Machine GUNS.

Home,
Home,
We want Home.

Chorus
So Rise
You must Rise
We will Rise
Rise

(Repeat We Want Peace in French and Wolof)
On Vol Le Pe
Jamou al in na’an


Verse 2
They Walked 200 MILES to the mountains
And Rest there for a Day
Then the Devestations came
They walked 100 the other way

For Peace
Peace-SALAMA-Lang
Looking for Peace-Salama

So Rise
You must Rise
We will Rise
Rise

(Languages-8 Lines)(Solo)
Past
(Urgency)
Take ONE more step my Brother
RISE from this Desert Sand
I know your HEART is burning
We MUST Continue on

(Anger\Danger)
We NEVER Asked for trouble
Mr Trouble TOOK our Home
CHASE US to this wilderness
Laughing Machine GUN

Home(Ruby Chorus, Powerful But Sad)
Home-Lang(Ruby Chorus Powerful But Sad)
We want Home-Lang(Ruby Chorus)

Chorus
(Hope)
So Rise
You must Rise
We will Rise
Rise

(Spoken in Spanish then Bambara)
Quiero Paz, Quiero Paz, Quiero Paz, Ambe Harre Sai
Quiero Paz, Quiero Paz, Quiero Paz, Ambe Harre Sai

From FreeTown to Soweto
From Acra to Addis
The Children of Mama Africa
Want to live in peace

The Future will be Brighter
Oh we can see it now
The Children of Mama Africa
want to live in peace

There will be Peace
Peace
We want peace

Chorus
So Rise
You must Rise
We will Rise
Rise

From FreeTown to Soweto
From Acra to Addis
The Children of Mama Africa
Want to live in peace

The Future will be Brighter
So lets Unite now
(French)(Abue)
The Children of Mama Africa (Mama Africa’s Children)
want to live in peace

Peace
Peace
We want Peace

Chorus
So Rise
You must Rise
We will Rise
Rise

Preacherman (her People never like me)

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Preacherman (Her People never like Me)
Words and Music By Ricardo Ricketts
Copy Right 2004, 2007

Preacher man I swear to you , That’s my girl
And you better this wedding quick before you ruin our world
Listen Quick, and I know you shall under stand
Why I can’t make you marry her To another man

I left this town for her-------- Wo- Yooo
Worked all around for her-------- Wo- Yooo
Traveled and learn for her-------- Wo- Yooo
Now I return for her-------- Wo- Yooo

But her people never like me, no
Her people Don’t want me
her people never like me, no
Her people Don’t want me

Preacherman they told her I’d gone to heaven
But her letter told me get here quick before the start of the weddin
Yes I know, there is a heaven above
but the heaven that we find on earth, we make from our love

She being here waiting for me-------- Wo- Yooo
All of her letters to me -------- Wo- Yooo
Saying our love was meant to be-------- Wo- Yooo
And now she is crying for me-------- Wo- Yooo

But her people never like me
Her people Don’t want me
her people never like me
Her People Don’t want me
her people never like me
They Really Don’t want me
her people never like me
The Really Don’t want me

Guitar Solo

Final Chorus
But her people never like me
Her people Don’t want me
her people never like me
Her People Don’t want me
her people never like me
They Really Don’t want me
her people never like me
The Really Don’t want me

Its So Hard

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Its so Hard

Words and Music By Ricardo Ricketts
Copy Right 2004, 2007

We Struggle on (with angle voices) – CHORUS)
We Struggle ON

Dear God
is me again
I know I always ask for too much
But this time I need a friend
I been waiting on here line
For this job in a
Resturant
Washing Dishes From 4 till Midnite is this
Resturant
And it will be a (fine job ---CHORUS)
If I can get it---CHORUS)
Just in time Job---CHORUS)
If I can get it----CHORUS)

I woke up so early that my wife
Didn’t have time to cook
And as I walked out the door
She say honey( put your hands on the Holy book---Chorus)
And my 3 sons, they all said to me
Daddy bring home some cake from your job in the
sweet restaurant
(And it will be a fine job --CHORUS)
If I can get it--CHORUS
(Just in time Job --CHORUS)
If I can get it--CHORUS

(Chorus)
But its hard to be trying
When at every step their denying
its hard to be trying
When at every step their denying
Is so hard
Is so Haaaard
(But We Struggle on (with angle voices) – CHORUS)
We Struggle ON

I Know you wont be angry
Cause I
haven’t been to your church for a while
But all those church people wanna do
is dress up in the latest styles, So
I Hang with the Brethrens on
Sundays when we speak of you)
We could just sit for hours saying words that are
Righteous and true

Say it could be a Great world--CHORUS)
If we let it--CHORUS
It could be a (Great world----CHORUS)
When I let it

Its so Early in the Morning
And I and the first one on this line
As the people walk by they must say
These must be hard, hard times, oh

But I try to remember
We come from a long, long way
Sufferah know
There‘s gonna be a brighter day

And It will be it could be a (Great world--CHORUS)
If we just let it
It could be a (Great world--CHORUS)
When I just let it

(Chorus)
But its so hard to be trying
When at every step they’re denying
Its so hard to be trying
When at every step they’re denying
Is so hard
Is so Haaaard
(But We Struggle on (with angle voices) – CHORUS)
We Struggle ON

Walking in the way of Jah

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Walking in the Ways of JAH
Words by Ricardo Ricketts
Music By Ricardo Ricketts, Ian Grant, Daniel Dickens,
Copy Right 2003, 2007

My name is El I Kazia
And I’m a Mountain man
from the North of the country
And I came with a few words in my heart
And I wanna Got to tell them to you now

(Chorus-Powerful Attack)
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
You’ll be aalll--------Right( Double up is this)

My friends Henok Asafa,
and AdeYemi Ade-Ojo
We took the southern Road
out of Addis Abba
And in those days
that country was wild
They had Wolves and Leopards on every side

(Chorus)
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
You’ll be aalll--------Right( Double up is this)

So don’t ask me where I’m going
cause I don’t know
But I have the lion of Judah
By my side
Don’t ask me where the road
Where this road shall take me
I have the lion of Judah
In my stride

(Chorus)
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
When you’re walking in the ways of JAH
then you’re alright
You’ll be aalll--------Right( Double up is this)

Suffers Anthem (True Number One )

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Suffers Anthem (True Number One )
Words By Ricardo Ricketts
Music By Ricardo Ricketts, Ian Grant, Daniel Dickens, Freddy Condice
Copy Right 2004, 2007

Yeah, yeah, oh, yeaaaaaaah
Yeahs Frogga the girls them Dagger, Alone side tribe of Djembe Jah Know, Put it forth like a Bembe
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeaaaaaaah
Love We Deal with
Remember

Yeah man Singer Come teach the world

Chorus
a true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Number One (Chorus)
We true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Number Remember that (Chorus)

That’s why every little I take , I take to with Jah--Every Little step take
Every little I take , I take with Jahwah ---I have to take it with Jah

Sho they don’t want no one to come test them
They no want no one to come Show--Not at All
They just a run up Them mouth a face
Cause they no want no one to grow

(Other)
But we were borne on a sad ship
We got a big, big scare on our hearts
And even My Mama come tell us,
We were breathing hard from the start

a true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Number One (Chorus)
We true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Sufferah (Chorus)

Here Comes the Sufferahs
Here Comes the Sufferahs

So Look around
Look around
Look around
Look around
No make them take unnu for all no Clown

Well Look around
Look around
Look around
Look around
Nuff Ghetto youth a they Blood them JAh own

My She They give you food
They give jobs
They give you a gun
But them a make the ghetto youth them go under the slab
You see it they Can’t diss the Frog
I See it from all a distance.

Sufferah Days will come

Second Verse
That’s why every little I take , I take with Jah--Sufferah Days will come
That’s Why little I take , I take with Jahwah ---Sufferahs Days will come

Do you rememeber Our good friend Hungry
Hungry Taught us all we know
He Said Irie Medit-a-tion
That is the greatest plan

So I don’t want no Distraction
I want to be a Number one
And Irie Medit-a-tion
That is the greatest plan

That’s why every little I take, I take with Jah
Sufferah Days will come
That’s Why little I take, I take with Jahwah
Sufferahs Days will come

a true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Number One (Chorus)
We true Number One (Chorus)
We are True Sufferah (Chorus)

The Tree

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

The Tree (The Listening Song)

Words By Ricardo Ricketts
Music By Gary Lewis, Ricardo Ricketts, Ian Grant, Freddy Mccondice
Copy Right 2007

Searching for knowledge of things that was and will be
Follow the river to the mountains and visit your brother the tree
Searching for knowledge of things that was and will be
Follow the river to the mountains and listen to your brother the tree

Chilling in the mountains (The Scared mountains)
With our brothers the tree
Hey Brother tree
tell me about the things you see

Now he never says a word
But he got so much Say,
So the Band gather round
to see what we could learn on that day, hey

HE say Words carry wisdom
A the blossom on the breeze
So Let the words from your soul
It can grow it to mighty Trees

HE say Words carry wisdom
A the blossom on the breeze
So Let the words from your soul
It can grow it to mighty Trees

Searching for knowledge of things that was and will be
Follow the river to the mountains and speak our brother the tree
Searching for knowledge of things that was and will be
Follow the river to the mountains and listen to our brother the tree

HE say Words carry wisdom
a leaf in the wind
So make the words from your soul
song for your soul to behold

Searching for knowledge of things that was and will be
Me and Freddy, and Skanky and Termite, and I-RAS-G,
Chilly in the mountains with our brother the tree, Yea
Me and Freddy, and Skanky and Termite, and I-RAS-G,

Cocaine Zombie

Written By: Ricardo Ricketts

Cocaine Zombie
Words and Music By Ricardo Ricketts
Copy Rights 2003, 2007

Cocaine Zombie How you gone free yourself, From this slavery
Cocaine Zombie free yourself,

You used to run hard On the North Coast
With your fancy friends you was all about
Now things have changed
and You looking deranged
Just another cocaine burn out

You remember that Columbian man with the Plan
he said customers are like sand
so you sell it to you friend
And you Sell to your kin
That is how this business began

Cocaine Zombie How you gone free yourself, From this slavery
Cocaine Zombie free yourself,

When your sister got hooked and you cousin got booked
And you momma cry until she just shooked
Those were the times
To stop all you crimes
But big Dollars was your out look

Oh Yes they mess with you head, Cause you chasing the bread
(But now you hooked on that cocaine instead )
BUT gave a beating instead
And all of your dough
Where did it go
Up you nose till it Red

Cocaine Zombie How you gone free yourself, From this slavery
Cocaine Zombie free yourself,

Yeah you used to the toast of the north coast
Now you coming round here smelling like a ghost
But the memories in your head
Keeps the party on instead
But you Can’t find a dime for some bread

Yes they mess with you head, Cause you chasing the bread
(But now you hooked on that cocaine instead )
BUT gave a beating instead
And all of your dough
Where did it go
Up you nose till it Red

Cocaine Zombie How you gone free yourself,
Cocaine Zombie free yourself,
Cocaine Zombie How you gone free yourself,
free yourself,
free yourself,

(Verses Not Use in this version of the song)

You Trying to hide the evidence of your latest residence
At nights you sleep next to the fence
Now these are the times
when you regret all your crimes
no Family or friend can clean off your grimes

Now you think all of those, who even gave there clothes
And the rent money went straight up their nose
yes you sell It to you friends
And you sell it to you kin
But Can’t stop it once it begin

Discography

Album- One Fine Day- 2001
Album- Rise Sufferah's Anthem 2009

Set List

SET 1

Rise
Walking in the way of Jah
Turn and Run
Preacher(Her people never liked me)
Cocaine Zombie(Free youself)
Dry Cry
Guess who�s coming to dinner
WAITING IN VAIN
I shot the sheriff
Mission Impossible
Sufferah�s Anthem

SET 2
Family affair( Mary J Blige)
Cause it Sexy
Come On over
FOR YOUR LOVE
Rain Bow Song
WALKING, AFRICAN
SEYIDA SHAKEIT
MARCHING DRUMS
ANJA SONG
WISEMAN
OH I Know
Exodus