Alárìíyá

by Olugbade Okunade

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I found peace in my heart to share this album with you. I come with love, peace and harmony. Listening to the masters, Fela Kuti, Orlando Julius, Dr Victor Olaiya and many others, have inspired me on this journey.

It all started in 2013 I was hanging out at Dotsol Studios in Lagos, Nigeria, jamming with friends. Two tracks were recorded that day, one of them being, Ejé K'ajó. This was one of my first compositions and I am very proud that it's made it on this album.

2014 was a big year. I moved on from Egypt 80 after 14 years to start my own project in Melbourne, Australia. I began collaborating with musicians and composing music. Eventually my band was ready and Alárìíyá was born.

Fast forward 2 years and I was back at Dotsol Studios, recording the remainder of the album with Olusola Bankole. In addition to his wonderful musicianship, Olusola worked tirelessly throughout the recording process, despite our challenges (power outs, fuel scarcity, etc).

The extra vocals & horns on this album were recorded and mixed at Radiate Productions by Bisho Abdelsayed in Melbourne, Australia.

Dedication
This album is dedicated to my family OKUNADE.
You can become whatever you desire, no matter where you're born, your background or what people think about you.
People might say to you - "Who knows your family?,… Without me you are nothing". You know what? They are small minded and scared of what you are going to become.
I will say to you now, be courageous and focused. It might not be easy, but with hard work, open heart and dedication your dreams shall be fulfilled.

Special thanks
This album would not have been possible without the Almighty God, and the support and effort of so many. Firstly, my gratitude to the musicians on this album. Special thanks to Olusola Bankole for producing and engineering the music. Olurotimi Okunade and Kayode Kuti for your encouragement, support and believing in me, and to Dotun Bankole for being an inspiration. Big thank you to Martin Zakharov for your help in organising the musicians at the beginning of Alariiya. To my band members, I thank you for all your support, for always being there and for all the extra time you've put in. I love you all.

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released April 29, 2017

Credits

1. Salute
Flugal & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Trumpet - Opeyemi Oyemade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole, Sayako Nakagawa
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole (solo), Martin Zakharov
Baritone Sax - Martin Zakharov
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Kayode Kuti
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna

2. Ilé Aiyé
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole
Organ - Sayako Nakagawa
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole, Martin Zakharov
Baritone Sax - Seyi Lawal
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Olamide Timothy
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna

3. Be Yourself
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole
Baritone Sax - Daniel Bankole
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Olamide Timothy
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Anthony Priest
Mc - Liam Monkhous

4. Ìrònú Òpapò
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole, Sayako Nakagawa
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole, Martin Zakharov
Baritone Sax - Martin Zakharov
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Kayode Kuti
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna

5. Aiyé Kòótó
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole, Sayako Nakagawa
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole, Martin Zakharov
Baritone Sax - Martin Zakharov
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Olamide Timothy
Guitar (tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna

6. Afro Real
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Elizabeth Ayola, Olusola Bankole
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole
Baritone Sax - Seyi Lawal
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Kayode Kuti
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna

7. Olúgbohùn
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole, Sayako Nakagawa
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole, Martin Zakharov
Baritone Sax - Seyi Lawal
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Kayode Kuti
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Anthony Priest

8. Ejé K'ajó
Trumpet & lead vocal - Olugbade Okunade
Backing Vocals - Yemi Ojole, Olugbade Okunade
Keyboard - Olusola Bankole
Tenor Sax - Dotun Bankole
Baritone Sax - Martin Zakharov
Conga - Abiodun Wurasamba Oke
Bass Guitar - Olamide Timothy
Guitar (rhythm/ tenor) - Korede Ominrinlewo
Drums - Samuel Obinna, Anthony Priest

Recorded: Dotsol Studios (Nigeria)
Mixed: Radiate Productions by Bisho Abdalsayed (Australia)
Mastered: Moose Mastering by Lachlan Carrick (Australia)
Photography: Nicole Cleary and Leah Healy (Australia and Nigeria)
Graphic Design: Lōrien-Summer Moysey (Australia)

All songs written by Olugbade Okunade
Arrangement: Olugbade Okunade & Olusola Bankole

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Track Name: Salute
Chorus
Salute (x2)
Salute (x2)
We pay homage before we play
We salute
(repeat)

Sa-lu-tu o o (x2)
Te re hùn, te re hùn e, te re hùn.. hm (x2)
If you respect elders, you shall grow older
If worm respect the ground, it shall open
We reverence Almighty God
We pay homage to our predecessors
We pay homage to our future successors

We pay homage
We pay homage
We pay homage for the universe
(repeat)

If you respect elders, you shall grow older
If worm respect the ground, it shall open
We reverence Almighty God
We pay homage to our predecessors
We pay homage to our future successors
Track Name: Ilé Aiyé
Ilé aiyé, Ilé asán, gbogbo kìràkìtà wa asán ni ójá sí

Chorus
Ilé aiyé, ilé asán (x2)
Ilé aiyé, ilé asán (x2)

Ha ah ah ah ah ah!

Ilé aiyé é é àsan
Ilé aiyé é é àsan ló jé
Omo aiyé sòro, ilé aiyé gbegé
Omo aiyé sòro, ilé aiyé gbegé

Ofé l'ówó, ofé kò'lé, ofé ra'lè ofé ra moto
Ofé l'ówó, ofé kò'lé, ofé ra'lè ofé ra moto

Fame, wealth, wisdom and power everything you want in life
Fame, wealth, wisdom and power everything you want in life

Is gonna fade away…
Is gonna fade away…

Chorus
Ilé aiyé, ilé asán (x2)
Ilé aiyé, ilé asán (x2
Ha ah ah ah ah ah!


Aiyé gbegé, aiyé sòró
Ilé aiyé kanpá, omo aráyé le
Ilé aiyé kanpá, omo aráyé le
Ofé lówó, asán ló jé
Ofé kólé, òfo lójá sí

Call Res
Ilé aiyé le! Ilé aiyé asan
Ilé aiyé le! Ilé aiyé asan
(repeat)
Track Name: Be Yourself ft Monkhouse
Chorus
Be yourself (x4)

Be yourself my brother
Be yourself my sister ah ah ah
Be yourself èyin ará (my people)
Don't compromise your fate
Follow your inner moonlight
Don't hide the madness in you
The madness of another is another man's usefulness
Find out who you are
And do it on purpose

Chorus
Be yourself (x4)
Track Name: Ìrònú Òpapò
Chorus
ìrònún òpapò ò e {Our thoughts are different oh eh!}
ìrònún òpapò è gbo {Our thoughts are different you hear}
ìrònún òpapò è gbo {Our thoughts are different you hear}
ìrònún òpapò {Our thoughts are different}
(repeat)

Verse1
Lát'ojó aláyé ti dáyé {Since the world began}
Ni kálukú ti ńse tirè {Everyone has chosen different paths}
Kon ko jabele lòrò ayé {Things of this world should be taken easy}
Kálukú mí seti è {We've all chosen differently}

Verse2
Ema f'orí w'órí {Don't compare two heads}
Bí kálukú se yàn lotòtò ni {Individuals has chosen differently}
Orí t'áyé yàtò sí ti kéhìndé {Even the twins have chosen differently}
Emá f'orí w'órí ò {Don't compare heads}

Chorus x 1

Verse3
Change your thought,
And you'll change your world
Live and let me live….
I no dey send you

Verse4
Think for yourself
Believe in yourself
If there is will…., there is a way

Chorus x 1
Track Name: Aiyé Kòótó
Chorus
Aiyé kòótó o o ò o (x2) The world doesn't like the truth
Aiyé kòótó o o ò o (x2) The world doesn't like the truth
(repeat)

Òtító koro, òmò aráyé ofę The truth is bitter, the world doesn't like it
Òtító koro o, aráyé òfe The truth is bitter, the world doesn't like it
(repeat) (repeat)

Call Res
This life is full of lies Lies
This life is full of pain Pain o
Why can't we say the truth? Yey
Why can't we tell the truth? ooooh hooo

Iró laráyé ńfé The world want you to lie
Say the truth èyin ará Say the truth folks
Say the truth my people e Say the truth my people
T'óbá ti rí ni k'ewí Say it the way it is
T'óbá ti rí ni k'ewí Say it the way it is
T'óbá ti rí ni k'ewí Say it the way it is
Àlá kìn b'omo lérù kó má lé e ro o o No dream is too scary to be told

Res
Say the truth (continue)

Èyin arámi e jé ka sò tó o o o Let's say the truth at all time
Òtító ló ma ń leke gbogbo ìsòro o Truth surpass in all challenge
E jé ka sò tó o o o o o Let's say the truth at all time
Òtító ló ma ń leke gbogbo ìsòro oo Truth surpass in all challenge
E jé ka sò tó o o o o Let's say the truth at all time
Òtító ló ń leke gbogbo ìsòro o o o Truth surpass in all challenge
Track Name: Afro Real
Chorus
African export
Afro real, Afro real
(repeat)

African export

Tiwantiwa ni It's ours
Tiwantiwa ni It's ours
Tiwantiwa ni It belong to us
Ebá wa gbe lárugę Let's promote it
(repeat)

We are fascinating people
Our heritage, music and culture
Our people, Our cuisine
African export-i o
African export-i o

Tiwantiwa ni It's ours
Tiwantiwa ni It's ours
Tiwantiwa ni It belong to u
Ebá wa gbe lárugę Let's promote it
(repeat)

Africa!!
Track Name: Olúgbohùn
Olùgbohùn o o gbóhùn mi o God that hears, hear my voice
Gbóhùn mi o o o Hear my voice
Èdùnmàrè Almight God
(repeat) (repeat)

Abiyamo kìí gbógbe omo rè No parent will hear the cry of there kids
kó má ta tí were And not act fast
Abiyamo kìí gbógbe omo rè
kó má ta tí were o o o
(repeat)

kó má ta tí were o o(3x)
Dansaki re o baba(x2)
kó má ta tí were o o o
You are the I am that I am
Omnipotent o o o
You are the I am that I am
Omniscience o o
kó má ta tí were o o o
Jehovah Jareh!
Jehovah Nissi!
You are the God of the universe
Olúgbohùn o ò
Track Name: Ejé K'ajó
Chorus
Ejé k'ajó Let's us dance
Ijó ti yá It's dancing time
Ewá gbajó Come and dance
Eré ti yá It's time to play

Call Chorus
Eré ti yá o o o Ejé k'ajó
Ejé k'ajó Ejé k'ajóo Ijó ti yá
Ijó ti yá o o o Ewá gbajó
Ewá gbajó eyin ara mi, ewa gbajo Eré ti yá

Verse
Make we dance o Lets dance
Oya o It's time
Make we shake o Let's Shake
Eré ti yá It's time to play
Make we move o Let's move
Èyin ará mi My fellow
Make we jolly o Let's be joyful
Èwa gba 'jo Come and dance

Chorus