A Letter for Haiti

Wyclef Jean
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Testo di Wyclef Jean
Action Chip told me finish that cheese first boy
Turn up my guitar
Ladies and gentlemen
First hip-hop guitarist
Oh ya'll gonna learn
I found my balance again
Wyclef the general, turn up
Hip-hop guitarist, stay on my Jimi Hendrix

[Verse 1:]
If Tenor Saw was here he'd say
Ticky ticky tock on my golden hen
She layin next to this gentlemen
Sometimes Glock 9, sometimes mac-10
Turn me up
Whenever she lay, she sing a sweet song
Coot coot coot, coot lay low
Hey, it's time to teach 'em bro
Hey, they got to learn bro
Real talk Jay, I was with Bill Clinton
On a Air Force One headed down to my island
I'm the one they boarded when they wanted to keep the peace
United nations know the gangs would listen to me
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie brought them out to Haiti
This is before the earthquake's on your TV's
Used to go to DC, see Nancy Pelosi
I spoke in front of congress fighting for my country
But once I decided that I'm a run for president
My whole life changed in a split second
Now I understand the hidden outlaw on the dollar
They never let a nigga that had a power
In the final hour I'm with Wolf Blitzer on CNN
Then felt my constitution got twisted with Sean's penn
Even my bandmate said I wasn't fit
But I can see the future, Nostradamus
They took me out the race said I had no resident
But I'm so powerful I made my man the president
Lost 20 mill when I decided to run
But I'm a make it all back with my next album
Who God bless man no man can curse
How worse can it get, man I used to eat dirt...

Hip-hop guitarist
Hip-hop guitarist, stay on my Jimi Hendrix
Ya'll gon learn

[Verse 2:]
In the hood they used to call me
The baddest with a Venezuelan flow, Hugo Chavez
Everything I say know gotta make sense
Cause I be gone with the wind
Now I understand the mathematics of the one
When they say there's nothing new under the sun
Ain't no illuminati here they just tryna scare you here
Cause if we ever join forces we be nuclear
I made the labels rich now it's time to build an empire
Then I'm a retire cause even the Pope gets tired
They call me general, canons hit your walls
Two kings can't reign, one gotta fall
And that's Rom for you, that's streets for you
Everybody got a set of goons ready to get you
And them same goons that's ready to kill for you
Twelve disciples, somebody Judas
Somebody snitching, giving information
Then it's immigration, then it's deportation back on a island
This is more then a run on sentence
My raps are true life events
The general man I'm back with the info
Did you know a haitian was the founder of Chicago?
Jean Baptiste if you wanna Google search up a haitian on the map
All y'all do is Google earth

From Haiti landed on Flatbush
From Flatbush walk to New Jersey
New Jerusalem, I'm talkin brick city
Not many like me in the semi treaty
From movin brick in the Brick City
Brick City and the brick city

April Showers, go
All hands on deck, refugee republic
I stay on my Jimi Hendrix

inviata da Krzysiek Wrona - 4/10/2014 - 23:32

Versione in creolo haitiano (nome nativo kreyòl ayisyen)

Lèt sa se pou ayiti Cheri
Sakap fet cheri?
Ayiti cheri, nou gin lontan nou pa pale
Chak fwa mwen we seleksyon nasyonal la pitit ou yo fè yon gòl
Mwen eksite…
Saw the soccer game, next stop Goal Cup 2013 Haiti an ale lets go!
Anou pale
Min nou gin lontan nou pa pale! Son nan la ri a di nou fache Ayiti
Pou jan nou te byen out te kwè nan tout mo’m! Min apre eleksyon ou di’m vire do’m
Tan mwen Tan mwen, mwen fè anpil sakrifis
Ou blye m’gin madanm, m’gin pitit, m’gin frè, m’gin sè, m’gin manmanm Miyami.

M’te riske la vi’m pou’m te vin’ baw sèvis
Demil sink si tèlman ou te cho se mwen minm ou te voye negosye pou ou lan geto! Admaral, Dread Wilmer, Tupak, Mackenzi, Sel solusyon mwen te wè se Yele Ayiti

Min fanmi mwen te panse mwen te nayiv, pou lajan personèl mwen te depanse sou ou cheri, mwen voye ti moun ou lopital, bay gro lajan pou ti biznis, chak semen mwen paye pou anterman ou toujou gin moun mouri
Se ou mim mwen te bay tout afeksyon’m, ou mim fe’m depanse lajan’ lan elekson.

Min cheri sa ki fèm pi tris, Coupe Du monde, BET, MTV, Drapo lan main’mwen, ou Rele VIV WYCLEF, le yo te diw m’te vole lajan lan main’w ou di ABAS WYCLEF, mwen ta pito tiye tèt mwen avan’m pran lajan pèp, se pa tout bagay ke ou wè sou net ke ou dwe kwè ! Bagay Nef

Sak Ap fet Cheri….(Ayiti Cheri) Nou gin lontan nou pa pale …(twice)
Min nou gin lontan nou pa pale ! Son Lan La ri a di nou fache Ayiti
Pou jan nou te byen out te kwe lan tout mot’m ! Min après eleksyon ou di’m vire do’m !!

Cheri memwa’w kout, avan DoudouGoudou sete mwen mim kite minin Hollywood vin’we ou, Angeli Jolie, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Petra MenCova, Akon, Farrakan
Sonje mwen te desan djèt la ak Bill Clinton,

Bill, min Martelly, mwen te fè introdiksyon, et tout ti moun ou ye cheri, yap change rap kreyòl, nou rap lan tout lang, anglais, panyòl, cheri lem tounin Kennedy Airport, langichat la vie NewYork, mape travay du, nou di mesi jezi, vrai Gason pran responsabilite pou fami li, pagin rezon cheri pou fè jalouzi, ou bliye ou fèm pedi kontra avèk Sony, Ti frè-m fache li di m’pap jam tounin ayiti, pou jan ou di li rinmin’w gade jan li trayi’w,

Ayiti tande’m byen, gin on lè cheri map tounin, sèl jam map’ka aide’w, mwen ekri on plan, tankou Dennis O’brien, fok mwen fe bilyon, mwen fèk sorti Abu Dabi I ’bati on konpayi, All HandzOnDeck nap fè gro beat, m’lage on mixtape, Clive Davis dim’ sa mwen vle, si tèlman check la gin zero ladan’l m” paka konte. ApriL Showers tande !!


Sakap fèt cheri…
Ayiti cheri
Nou gin lontan nou pa pale
Nou gin lontan nou pa pale
Min nou gin lontan nou pa pale ! Son Lan La ri a di nou fache Ayiti
Pou jan nou te byen out te kwe lan tout mot’m ! Min aprè eleksyon ou di’m vire do’m

inviata da Krzysiek Wrona - 4/10/2014 - 23:45

Krzysiek Wrona - 4/10/2014 - 23:53

Haiti è un paese terribilmente travagliato, molto povero e segnato dalle distruzioni riportate durante il grande terremoto del 2010. È un paese dove da 2011 la carica del presidente viene coperta da un cantante Kompa, tale Michel Martelly (in arte Sweet Micky)
Ma risulta che quello stato dei Caraibi, oggi come oggi, è presidiato da incirca 10.000 marines americani e 8.500 caschi blu . Wyclef Jean, nel corso delle ultime elezioni, ha appoggiato la candidatura di Martelly, dopo che ha dovuto ritirare la sua, visto che vive negli U.S.A. Però, se ho capito bene, dopo diverse critiche e accuse, fra le quali anche questa di non sapersi esprimere nell'idioma natio, ha deciso a quanto pare, registrare pure dei pezzi cantati in creolo haitiano. Non lo so se il testo haitiano proposto da me è corretto, ma è l'unico che sono riuscito a reperire nella rete. Sembra una risposta alle polemiche di cui è stato l'oggetto. C'è un capitolo della storia polacca legato a Napoleone Bonaparte e l'isola Hispaniola, che si trovava allora sotto il dominio francese:

The disastrous Haitian campaign

In 1802, France sent most of the disgruntled legionnaires (two demi-brigades, 5,280 strong) to Haiti to put down the Haitian Revolution (on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, known then as Saint Domingue, the French West Indies). Napoleon wanted to regain the colony of Saint Domingue, but preferred to save his main French army for more important matters, closer to home. The now inconvenient Polish units were accompanied by contingents of Germans and Swiss French allies, as well as by French units that had fallen out of favour with Napoleon and the French high command.

The Haitian campaign proved disastrous for the legionnaires. Combat casualties and tropical diseases, including the yellow fever, reduced the 5,280-strong Polish contingent to a few hundred survivors in the space of less than two years. By the time the French forces retreated from the island in 1803, about 4,000 Poles had died (either from disease or combat). Of the survivors, about 400 remained on the island, a few dozen were dispersed to the nearby islands or to the United States, and about 700 returned to France (Urbankowski claims 6,000 sent and 330 returned).

The Poles had little interest or desire to support the French cause in the distant colonies, once again fighting against people who only desired their own independence. In Haiti there still is a popular myth that many Polish soldiers became sympathetic to the former slaves' cause and deserted the French, supporting Jean-Jacques Dessalines in significant numbers, with entire units changing sides. In fact, the actual desertion rate was much lower; nonetheless about 150 Polish soldiers joined the Haitian rebels. The loss of that many patriotic military personnel in the Caribbean was a serious blow to the Polish aspirations for regaining independence. The Haitian experience cast further doubts among Poles about France's and Napoleon's good intentions toward Poland.


Aggiungerei una cosa sola a questa nota della Wiki britannica. I legionari polacchi erano "disgruntled" e si ribellavano, perchè i francesi non gli versavano il soldo. Sono partiti con la promessa di essere finalmente pagati.
Forse la canzone andrebbe bene per il percorso "La guerra del lavoro: emigrazione, immigrazione, sfruttamento, schiavitù", visto la discendenza dello stesso Wyclef Jean.

Krzysiek Wrona - 6/10/2014 - 00:38

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