2011 a year of..

MONDAY: Music and not only..

2011 a year of inspiration, a year of new possibilities, a year of remembrance, a year of revolution, a year opening the doors for a different future, a year of crossroads and a year of adversity.

The Japanese earthquake, the Brazilian and Thai floods, Osama Bin Laden, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 and the War on Terror, the “one, zero, and lift off! the final lift off of Atlantis”, the boys coming home, the struggle, creation, hope and identity of a new state: South Sudan, the continued famine in Somalia, the Arab Spring, the Greek riots, the Occupy Wall Street, the advance of technology, the hearing implant, Kate and William, Twitter, Google +, the strength of communication and “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”.

2011 has come to an end, but all what happened in 2011 has not come to an end. It is just the beginning of what will come. We made it, but I hope we will still be making it and 2012 will bring a better world.

Rock/Folk American Mat Kearney (incredibly strong Coldplay music and voice influence) is one of the voices of 2011 and he sings “Sooner or Later” in the Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review.

But, I would like to dedicate Africans by Nneka to Africa and all Africans. A great continent, great countries, great people who deserve much better. After having studied much on Sino-African relations, I started thinking that Africa is the new China. China was the country of possibilities soon after the political and economic liberalization of the 80s, now, Africa is the new China, in Africa there are possibilities, there are possibilities for Africans to transform their countries in countries of possibilities. South Sudan has been a big milestone, and I hope 2012 will continue to keep up expectations.

South Sudanese citizens wave their flags as they attend the Independence Day celebrations in the capital Juba, July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Nneka is a soul, Afrobeat German/Nigerian singer and songwriter. Some of her strongest influences include great Fela Kuti (the KING of the Afrobeat) and Bob Marley. She is here singing “Africans”, one of her most influential songs from the 2010 album Concrete Jungle, after the video there are the lyrics which must be read and thought upon:

Now it is up to us to gain some recognition

If we stop blaming we could get a better condition

Wake up world!!

Wake up and stop sleeping

Wake up Africa!!

Wake up and stop blaming

Stand up and rise

You keep pushing the blame on our colonial fathers
You say they came and they took all we had possessed
They have to take the abuse that they have caused our present state with their intruding history
Use our goodness and nourishment in the Name of missionary
Lied to us, blinded, they slaved us, misplaced us, strengthen us, hardened us then
they replaced us, now we got to learn from pain
Now it is up to us to gain some recognition
If we stop blaming we could get a better condition
Wake up world!!
Wake up and stop sleeping
Wake up Africa!!
Wake up and stop blaming
Open ur eyes!!
Stand up and rise
Road block oh life penalty

Why do we want to remain where we started
And how long do we want to stop ourselves from thinking
We should learn from experience that what we are here for this existence
But now we decide to use the same hatred to oppress our own brothers
It is so comfortable to say racism is the cause
but this time it is the same colour chasing and biting us
Knowledge and selfishness that they gave to us,this is what we use to abuse us
Wake up world!!
Wake up and stop sleeping
Wake up Africa!!
Wake up and stop blaming
Open ur eyes!!
Stand up and rise
Road block oh life penalty

Those who have ears let them hear
Brothers who are not brainwashed take ruins and rest
Pick them up and stick them back together
This is the only way we can change this african weather
Lied to us, blinded they slaved us,misplaced us, strengthen us, hardened us then
they replaced us, now we got to learn from pain

Wake up world!!
Wake up and stop sleeping
Wake up Africa!!
Wake up and stop blaming
Open ur eyes!!
Stand up and rise
Road block oh life penalty

you got to wake up please
youuuuu got tooo
(wake up Africa wake up and stop blaming)
blaming ha ha ha
open yours eyes your eyes
stand up and riise
road block oh life penalty
wake up…

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