Obama - The WorldBeat Album
One of the most exciting and progressive aspects of Senator Barack Obama's candidacy is the incredibly wide range of people he continues to energize and inspire. He has become a true world figure now. One way this can be seen is in the music Obama is inspiring globally. Here is a sampling of some of the tastiest worldbeat music currently being produced as tributes to the hope Barack Obama is bringing to people everywhere.
Track 1: Mighty Sparrow - 'Barack the Magnificent'
First up from Trinidad, is Mighty Sparrow, the Calypso King of the World, whose career spans over five decades and whose music spans the globe.
Barack the Magnificent
The respect of the world that we now lack,
If you want it back, then vote Barack!
Because this time we come out to vote!
Stop the war!
Stop genocide in Darfur!
No matter what,
Get health care for who have not!
The Foreign Relations Committee,
Can attest to his tenacity,
For homeland and job security.
He stood his ground
When the war was a conception,
Said it was wrong,
So he didn’t go along,
Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton
They said of Barack’s opinion,
"He’s a man of resplendent vision! ...
On the Senate Affair Committee he’s a giant!
And with rock star status he’s Barack The Magnificent! ...
The first black President to lead this mighty nation!
We’ll regain worldwide respect
with Obama’s vision and excellent comprehension!
Track 2: Fojeba - 'Fired Up & Ready to Go'
'Fired Up & Ready to Go' is by Fojeba, who is an Afrobeat musician born in Cameroon and now lives in Canada. His song is a Central African makossa. Fojeba uses samples from Obama's speeches in the music including his signature "Fired Up, Ready to Go" as a refrain. It's mixed together with intricate rhythms of the makossa and Fojeba's wonderful guitar work.
Track 3: Mariachi - 'Viva Obama'
Here we have a dashing mariachi band singing in pure Mexican country style with cuts between the lead singer and people on the street holding up 'iViva Obama!' signs. The video has the lyrics in subtitles so you can sing along!!
Track 4: Miguel Orozco - 'La Caminata'
Orozco says his imagination was captured by a self-described, 'skinny dude with the funny name'. "It doesn’t matter that I’m Mexican-American, born in East LA, raised in Utah, lived in DC and worked on the South-side of Chicago. What matters is what I’m doing now and how I’m helping my neighbor, my brother."
Oye mi gente este es un hombre preperado.
La esperanza ha llegado.
Como Se Dice…Como Se llama?
Dicen que no contamos…
Invisibles porque no votamos…
Pero aqui estamos y todo esto va cambiar…
We did the marchas y ahora vamos a votar.
Listen to me gente, es tiempo para algo diferente..
What we need is un nuevo presidente…
Como Se Dice…Como Se llama?
OBAMA! OBAMA! (Repeat)
Mexicanos como se llama?
Puerto Rique_os, como se llama?
Peruanos, como se llama?
En esta gran nacion ya no existe una buena educacion,
Dicen que todo el dinero va a la imigracion
Es facil culpar el que no vota
El gigante Latino esta que brota
Vamos a eligir alguien que de veras entienda…
Colombianos, como se llama?
Dominicanos, como se llama?
Los Cubanos, como se llama?
Los Brasilieros, como se llama?
Salvadore_os, como se llama?
Es un Hombre preparado…
La esperanza ha llegado…
Track 5: Coco Tea - 'Barack Obama'
Jamaican singer Cocoa Tea said this about Obama, "This is not about class nor color, race nor creed, it's about the changes, what the Americans need." His song goes on to call Obama a "trendsetter" and urge Americans "to unite as one" behind him.
Track 6: Will.i.am - 'Yes We Can'
One of the best is this offering by will.i.am, founding member and frontman of Black Eyed Peas. His "Yes We Can" song was inspired by the speech Obama gave following the New Hampshire primary. Will.i.am states, "It made me reflect on the freedoms I have, going to school where I went to school, and the people that came before Obama like Martin Luther King, presidents like Abraham Lincoln that paved the way for me. . . ." The music video includes excerpts from Obama's speech and appearances from several celebrities: Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta, and Nick Cannon. "I'm blown away by how many people wanted to come and be a part of it in a short amount of time. It was all out of love and hope for change and really looking at the world."