Biyografi Mwen

by Wanito

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released 22 November 2011

Vocals & Guitar - Wanito
Drums & Percussion - Nathan Sabanayagam
Bass - Nate Edgar
Keyboards - Yusaku Yoshimura
Guest Guitar - Will Holland
Guest Keyboards - Sarah Brindell
Guest Percussion - Alex Beram


Recorded, mixed and mastered at Chillhouse studios, 2011. Mixed by Will Holland, mastered by Eric Welsh.

Executive Producer: PeaceTones
Producers: Nathan Sabanayagam& Will Holland

Executive Funders: Aresty International, Demetrios Eleftheriou & Lee Droese

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Track Name: Gad On'Rev
Gad On’Rev (Keep it in your dreams)


1
Non non , non non non ye… non non
Merchant, how much does a crib cost
I’m going to be a father real soon
This news made my blood pressure rise:
I don’t even have a job,
This is so tough ooo
I just took my high school final exams
Now all my plans have fallen in the water
Soon my woman will be laying on her back
Oh I’ll have to rethink things
I don’t know what I’ll tell my mom,
She’ll think I’m a thug
That I spent all my time with the ladies
She won’t be scared to break my teeth
and she’ll kick me out
I don’t even need to waste my time asking

Refrain:
All my friends are here
I see them all here, they’re all candidates [repeat]
Wanito I want to be the godfather
Please please please let me be the godfather
Wanito I want to be the godmother
Please please please let me be the godmother

2
I go to Aunt Locita’s house
She lives in Delma 33
When I tell her what happened,
she gets so angry
She says if I got a woman pregnant,
then I must have my life in order
I run across the street
I just feel so upside down
Cars are honking at me but I don’t pay attention
I’m thinking about the baby
I find out her mother kicked her out too
I go with her to the countryside
to find a better life
When I get there they give me a machete
A bed with four stakes,
a one-room house with no windows
My girl starts crying
She watches me taking care of the garden,
planting corn
The sun is hot and my body hurts
Ants bite me, I have no friends to help me

That’s when she tells me she has labor pains
She lays down on her bed of leaves, that’s where she’ll have the baby
I put my hands to my head and start yelling

That’s when I woke up - I had been sleeping
Keep this in your dreams, young men
This was a nightmare, young men
When I woke up I was delivered young men, young men
There are so many men who would have been happy, young men
If it was really just a dream for them, young men
Remember this epitome of a nightmare, young men, young men, young men

Refrain

3
Thanks to God this didn’t really happen
I’m not ready to have a child yet, you hear
Someday when I have money
I won’t be afraid to have a beautiful child, you hear
I won’t have a hot head
Instead, I’ll be celebrating, and all my friends are invited
And then you can pull me to the side and say:
When is he going to be baptized, this godchild is mine.
Track Name: Yon Jou La Jou
Yon Jou La Jou (One Day It’ll Be Your Day)


1
A donkey struggling under a yolk
That’s trying to climb a hill under the pressure of big blows
Others that don’t like him don’t stop pointing fingers
They say it was him who ate the garden of Mr. Ti Kwet
All the bad things they put on his back in packs
His own brothers who share the same blood with him are betraying him

Refrain:
Haiti even though you’re getting old, you’re still in a crib
You find jokes to laugh at, but your eyes are always full of tears
They’re making you crawl up Kilamanjaro backwards
A mountain that is so high ooo
I believe this will change, I’m getting ready
I said I’m getting ready, who else wants to get ready?


2
It’s they who don’t stop eating secretly
When your neck is long and boney,
They curse you as worthless and dirty
They ask on your behalf, but you will never get any of the treats
Why are these people playing exploiting games
Each time you give your heart away, you regret it afterward
In reality, this never should have happened

Guitar Solo

3
One day it will be your day, and it will not be like other days
I want to tell you, little dear
You’ll have to search to find suffering
In every bamboo hole,
like crazy people with candles, you will be singing everywhere
Haiti all your ways will be sweet like « rapadou »
Tasty like « ragou », they will all want to taste you
Those who were kicking you away, putting their feet on you,
Will flirt with you, bringing flowers to you

Refrain

4
One day it will be your day,
They will serve you at the table just like part of the family too
They’ll show you to the water so you can quench your thirst

One day it will be your day
Where other nations will try to learn to speak Creole too
Every Haitian will find it good to defend you
Haiti dear, God has a lot of plans for you
He sees your suffering

Refrain
Track Name: Biyografi Mwen
Biyografi Mwen (My Biography)

1
But why, why does everybody want to know
Where I’m from, my biography
We don’t need to go
through four different roads
But I’m on this track that you all will know
I was born in Jeremy in the countryside
I don’t carry my father’s last name, I’m an illegitimate child

My mother’s poor, but I don’t need
to watch over myself
I walk at all hours because
I know God is stronger
It’s true in school I was never the best
But even with mediocre grades,
I will make it to the top
Thank God, I finished all my classes in high school
Big colleges, lots of money, I couldn’t attend

I want you to understand this,
I want you to understand this
With my guitar I can make the entire world understand this
I want you to understand this,
I want you to understand this
With my guitar I can make the entire world understand this


Refrain:
This is Wanito uh huh, uh huh
My biography [repeat]

2
But why, why does everyone want to know
Where I’m from, my biography
They ‘re asking me questions,
want to know my past
Experiences that mark my life
I was born in Jeremy, in the countryside
I don’t carry my father’s last name, I’m an illegitimate child
My mother is poor, but I don’t need to watch myself
I walk at all hours because
I know God is stronger

‘88 is the year I was born, you hear?
I wasn’t even a month old yet,
my mother weaned me off her, you hear?
She had a place that she was working
If she didn’t do the job, she’d be fired
She always left me with neighbors
And sometimes when she was in a rush
she’d leave me at home alone
She didn’t have a way to pay for a nanny
This is why I roamed all over the town

3
Started to grow up, sent me to school
at Madame LouLou’s
The lady who used to come pick me up,
poor her, she couldn’t speak or hear
My hair would grow long,
mother got her scissors to cut it
She gave me crooked parts,
she didn’t let anyone tell her her business
She gave me principles, and when I didn’t apply them, she punished me
She taught me what tasted good,
When she had money
she’d make good food for me
I had a friend who had a guitar,
I was always at his house
I sang morning, noon, and night,
until I got to where I am, you hear?

Refrain

Damn damn damn damn I broke this one
I play at all the parties, I break them
In review courses in the Petionville high school,
I open the music sheets
The way I play, the way I drop it,
If you’re around, you can’t resist moving…
Track Name: San Doudou
San Doudou (Without Doudou)

1
It always pleased me
When you would make sacrifices for me,
Every day you left your house to come to me
This proved to me that our love would never end
We were always in love
We didn’t give bad grass a chance
to grow in our garden of love
I never stopped saying it
We were the most beautiful couple
that existed in Petionville

Refrain:
Your name was Kasandra,
I gave you the nickname Sandoudou
Wherever you went my feet
were always next to yours
Just like a cloud that never left me
I was your guardian angel doudoudou
Oh, my name is Wanito,
you gave me the nickname Watoto
You never walked barefoot,
You always wanted me to carry you on my back
It was all my pleasure to be your
horse on two feet
Zigidap zagidap you’re on my back
And with the end of your dress,
you wipe the sweat off my back

2
In Boyer Square one day we were sitting,
your arm around my neck
You told me « sweetie, nothing wrong
can ever come from you»
I responded in a low voice
« don’t dare tell me that.
For how we’re so in love,
I’m not worried about anything »
Sometimes I forget myself
so that I can watch out for you

Like a little bird I wanted
to make a nest in my heart for you
So nothing bad would happen to you

But the angel of death appeared
suddenly and took you away
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oooooooo
Mister Death you betrayed me oh oh oh o oh
Veins of despair stretched out, about to explode
On the chalkboard all my plans, my projects erased

This is a story of love that I’ll never be able to forget
This is a story of love that I’ll never be able to forget

Refrain

You always told me
That it was only death could part us
My soul isn’t at rest
The way you left, honestly, I’m panicked
Even if it was true that you made me this promise
It’s too soon for you to leave like this
Sandoudou, believe me, I’m about to go crazy
I’ve lost strength, I’m disinterested,
My appetite is lost, I’m always tired
I often ask myself if I’ll be fixed one day
I’ve lost strength, I’m disinterested,
My appetite is lost, I’m always tired
The only thing I have to ask is “this woman,
why did I lose her?”
Uhhuhhh uuhhhuhh uhhhhuhh
Baby why did you turn your back on me?
Track Name: Do Re Mi
Do Re Mi

Refrain:
My Do Re Mi can travel
(I want you to know this my friends)
My Do Re Mi can travel
(Anywhere it wants to, you hear)
My Do Re Mi can travel
In all countries, not only Haiti, okay
My sound is so hot
As soon as I drop it
They want to give me a trophy

My Do Re Mi can travel
In all countries, not only Haiti okay
My sound is so hot
As soon as I drop it
They want to give me a…

1
Ever since I knew I had the vibe of the streets
With music I know I’ll have Paris
I may not know all the secrets of life
But I have the Do Re Mi Fa So La Si

You don’t need a plug to activate me
They say your music touches
my sensitive points
But that’s a passion in my blood
They will never be able to get it out of me

I always take my time in my music so that I can appreciate it

When my day arrives it’s my brothers
and God who I will thank
The music I write it can caress anyone’s ears
As soon as I drop it you’ll feel
like you like it all your life

Do Re Mi Fa So La Si brought me here
I play to please everybody
You can say I’m crazy
Do Re Mi Fa So La Si brought me here
I play to please everybody
You can say I’m crazy

Refrain


2
Each time they see me in the streets
I’m singing they say I’m crazy
Sometimes they even approach me
They test me and they’re shocked

Like a friend
My music has a brain
I’m sorry my friend
I’ll stay a little crazy
Ting ting I’m ringing in your ears bling bling
With music I’ll become mindless
When I take the “do” and I lean it on the “re”
Mr. “Mi” approaches me and lets me know he can’t not be there
When I take the “so” and put it in the fight
He lets me know he won’t leave without Mr. “Fa”

If it’s true- if he can’t not be there
If it’s true- it’s the seventh note
If it’s true oh ou oh oh ou oh ou oh [repeat]

Refrain

Repeat Verse 2
Track Name: Pa Kont Mwen
Pa Kont Mwen (Don’t Be Against Me)


Refrain:
Don’t be against me
If I go and I truly don’t return
Or if I do come back and
truly don’t bring anything
If you see I always truly hold my tongue
My friend – you shouldn’t be against me
If you see that I truly always control myself
I follow the plan that
my heart has truly traced out for me
I’m playing my music to truly make a career
My friend- you shouldn’t be against me

1
If I never let you know my weaknesses
It’s so that you don’t destroy me
You could increase my stress,
even destroy my life
If I chose to avoid a man,
that doesn’t mean he’s stronger
Neither, if I help a blind person,
does that mean I’m weaker
Know that the strong side has weaknesses,
And even the weak side has strengths
Don’t ever profit from someone’s
weakness to do him wrong
Rather you should support him
when he’s fragile and help him get better
Then you’ll see how strengths
and weaknesses
have no better accord

Don’t be against me if I don’t agree
with you on a point
If you take a route and see
I’m not walking behind you
Try to find ways to push these
things out of your heart
If I don’t reciprocate,
that doesn’t mean I’m scared of you
Don’t be against me if someone
has a place in my life
Don’t be against me if
I’m never underestimated, it’s not my fault
Don’t be against me,
my liberty is all that I want
Don’t be against me ,
If I tell you not to be against me
Know that you shouldn’t be against me

Refrain

2
If early in the morning, through
the morning dew I’m leaving
Don’t think I’m crazy for how sleep is so sweet,
I could have stayed in bed
There are some steps
I want to ascend in the staircase of life
I have to face the disagreeable parts of life
I won’t be against you if you treat me
like I’m nothing more than
the waves of the ocean
Don’t be against be if I tell you
that I might make it early
I won’t be against you in
whatever you decide to believe, my friend
Don’t be against me when
I tell you it’s in God only that I believe
Yes, who knows me better than myself?
Track Name: Blokis
Blokis (Traffic Jam)


Everyone knows how it is in Haiti
Traffic can make you seriously
miss an appointment
You’re in a car, it’s like you’re walking
Your blood pressure is rising, you’re close to exploding
You try to squeeze through,
but there’s no space so you have to stop
If the sun is hot, I won’t lie to you,
your sweat will drip

You’re lying, saying you’re not too far away,
be a little patient
On the phone, people can’t find you
The line is moving, that’s when
you start to feel better
It stops again, you want to fight the driver
He turns the car off because the gas is burning
He doesn’t have wings in the car to make it fly

Refrain:
Oh my, oh my I’m stuck in traffic
Haiti is a little country of traffic
Oh my, oh my I’m stuck in traffic
Haiti is a little country of traffic
Traffic, I’m stuck in traffic
Traffic, look at how long this traffic is [repeat]

2
You ask the driver why he won’t take a short cut
This lady says it won’t be good, let’s go
One person arrives at his stop,
he says thanks, you feel annoyed

He takes a bunch of time paying hi fare
By the time he gets off,
the red light flashes again
It’s another involuntary pause, he has to stop
You think, this time I’m just going to walk
But it’s not easy, the route is long,
it’s a lot of walking

The driver who’s bringing you
also wants to get out of traffic
His work day is at risk of being wasted
At the wheel, hot sun, nothing getting done
Getting mad over rude passengers

Refrain

3
Traffic- for a little election result
Traffic- each time we’re in line at the immigration office
Traffic- can’t even talk about at the bank
Traffic- each time the ‘Whites’ are giving out food
Traffic- in every government and private office
Traffic- they make you stop until you’re tired
Traffic- in shopping, bending over to find things
Traffic- even in front of the pastries seller …
Track Name: Aprann Konnen
Aprann Konnen (To Learn How to Know)


1
You have to live in misery
to talk about misery
When I tell you that I’m hungry,
you know what that feels like
You have to live in wealth to talk about wealth
Or else any little bit of money could shock you
You have to live in love to know what love is
When you see me on my knees,
don’t run and say that I’m crazy
No, I’m not crazy… No, I’m not crazy
You could say I’m crazy ,
no I’m not crazy, no I’m not crazy

2
You have to live together as an unmarried couple
to know the details of the home
If the person sometimes flies into a rage,
you’ll avoid marriage
You have to be a pest to live with
a person who’s a pest
They have so many flaws,
this punishment can tangle your hair
You shouldn’t look at this brother’s hair
And go and say he’s a good rasta a a a a
He might not be a rasta, not a rasta
Saying he’s a rasta, he might not be a rasta,
not a rasta

Refrain:
You have to understand
Don’t ever say you won’t learn
If it’s not your head you have to cut cut cut cut
To put in it, to put in it, to put in it

3
You have to live in the ghetto
to know the lives of guys in the ghetto
The reality of their life
is not the same as the people up above
And there is no water that
can give them stomach aches
Two days without food
won’t mess up their insides
They’re not going to the club,
they’re not into fun
The DJ plays, but they’re going to
a very different party instead
Ghetto guys, ghetto guys
Respect to them, ghetto guys, ghetto guys

4
You have to live in debauchery
to have a hole in your pocket
Waking up the next morning
with your shoes on the wrong feet
You’ve decided to waste your life
So discouraged, you want to leave school
It’s bad experiences that
can give your life some sense
You have to live with hope –
this life is a game of patience
Game of patience, game of patience [repeat]

Refrain
Track Name: Disparisyon
Disparisyon (Disappearance)

I write my problems on a piece of paper
and I put it in an envelope
I bury them baby, I bury them baby
After the catastrophe had passed
the first person that I had thought of
It was you, baby, It was you.
And that was how I tried to call you
I have to tell you how I panicked
when I couldn’t find you
That’s how, barefoot, I took to the streets
Just with a pair of pants on,
without a destination

Refrain:
I went, I went, passed through Channmas
Friends calling Wanito, Wanito, I didn’t hear
I went, I went, time slipped by
Nothing could stop me,
because I was so panicked

When I had my sanity back,
I remembered that you could be at school
That’s where I had to go,
that’s where you were supposed to be
But when I got there I saw
your university had been destroyed
All the floors met - that’s when I panicked
I said, God, I don’t see the possibility
I don’t believe that if you were in there
that there’d be a way for you to be saved
My brain wandering, I had another idea
Let me go to your house to take a look

Refrain

Emotions made me ask a little woman
a question without hesitation

I asked her for you, she said
Leave me alone young man,
even my own kids I haven’t seen young man
That’s when I screamed “oh god”,
I screamed “oh god”
Do you think I could have lost my girl?
No no no no no no

It’s not forever finished,
she is not entirely destroyed
In my spirit that’s what came.
I have to see you baby
When I remember my promises to you,
I won’t ever get lazy,
let yourself out of my mind
In the same things that they got mixed up in
In my heart there’s a part that’s messed up

Got to your house, it’s tears,
because it’s only you that wasn’t there
What’s worse, you think you’d be dead?
I’d see that as the worst.
For my spirit not to have found a remedy
I asked for you, I couldn’t find anyone
who could help. Oh damn

Emotions made me ask a little woman
a question without hesitation
I asked her for you, she said
Leave me alone young man,
even my own kids I haven’t seen young man
That’s when I screamed “anmwe”,
I screamed “anmwe”
Do you think I could have lost this woman?
No no no no no no

Even now I’m always tormented
Because of an earthquake you disappeared,
I don’t see how
If you left for another country baby,
let me know that you’re not dead
no no no
Track Name: Ti Miyo
Ti Miyo (Little Miyo)

Little Miyo feels discouraged, every day in his life is a problem
The way he lives, honestly, it touches my heart
A guy who left the province who came to Port au Prince,
he thought he ‘d be a little prince
He stayed at his family’s house and they welcomed him

He thought things would be easy
He was admitted into the university, he attended Inaghei

He passed without difficulty,
his future was on a well-prepared route
He never forgot, where he came from,
The tree leaves he had to water,
at dawn he had to get up
His animals he had to be tended to before sunset
Pass by my grandma Dede’s to get some dinner - he never forgot

2
This life is so strange, it’s like a soccer team
but it sometimes makes you shoot a goal against your own side
He found all he wanted, life didn’t tell him to be anybody
People in the province never heard from him

Imagine - he was in a place where he didn’t have to spend,
people were always taking care of him
Two months yes, but two months didn’t even pass yet
And the welcome started to change

They were treating him poorly, they were tired
They already want him to leave
Poor little Miyo, he fell into trouble
Even for a little drop of water he drank, it was a big burden
Everything that’s bad they blamed it on him
Finally, he wanted to return home, back to where he’s from
Ignored his studies, which was his future, the hope of his mother