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  • Aaron English & Walter Koga: "Afande" ("Policeman")

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    Walter Koga: Vocals, nyatiti. Aaron English: Vocals, percussion. Don Gunn: Drums. Curtis Chandler: Guitar. Miguel Mateus: Bass.

    Written by Walter Koga & Aaron English. Produced by Don Gunn & Aaron English. Mixed & mastered by Don Gunn.

    Video shot by Simmon Okong’o in Nairobi, Kenya & by Jeff Leisawitz in Seattle, USA. Video edited by Aaron English.


    Lyrics:

    Walter:
    Major General wearing black trouser
    Afande (policeman) wearing brown suit 

    Aaron:
    I come to this city full of dust and sweat and noise
    The living & the dying and the consequence of choice
    My people used to light a fire to keep the lions at bay
    Now who will shine a light for me to keep these city wolves away?
    Afande, afande.  Please, please, afande.

    Walter:
    I am taking a bus to Nairobi. Kisumu pass by, Kericho pass by, Nakuru pass by, Kericho pass by, Naivasha pass by, then l reach Nairobi.
    It’s not fair afande, It’s not fair afande…

    Aaron:
    I came to this city with my suitcase full of dreams
    Now I know this city it ain't nothing like it seems

    Walter:
    The bus driver made a mistake by dropping us in the middle of Nairobi town. Then the policeman met me by mistake, while I was carrying my nyatiti (lute), and he started harrassing me, asking me bogus questions. What are you carrying in your bag? I told him I’m just carrying my nyatiti. The policeman came to me and wanted to tie me up. l started begging: don't take me in! l just came to see my children in Kariobange!
    It’s not fair afande, It’s not fair afande…

    Aaron:
    I came to this city with my suitcase full of dreams
    Now I know this city it ain't nothing like it seems
    Afande, afande.  Please, please, afande. Show less
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