Records MEGW 0322
- Bahamian recording artist Ya
Tafari is an award-winning composer and performer of jazz,
Latin, and Caribbean music. As a multi-instrumentalist and
vocalist with a fan base stretching from Freeport Bahamas to
Detroit, Ya Tafari has had a long tradition in presenting
in his music a broad range of tropical, Latin, and reggae
influences heard in the Caribbean yesterday and today. In this set
of timeless originals, his lyrics evoke spirituality, love,
devotion, passion, playfulness, and celebration perfect for
getting in the winter vacation mood, recalling memories of that
favorite Caribbean cruise, or providing a taste of island life.
Whether at one of his frequent live shows or in this studio
effort, Ya Tafari effortlessly transitions between
different rhythms and channels the kind of energy and passion
direct from the tropics sure to keep the listener engaged and
ready to dance.
- 1. Reggae Mon 5:03
- 2. I Wonder 4:46
- 3. Lady By The Sea 5:19
- 4. Brazilian Butterflies
- 5. Beautiful Bahamas 5:13
- 6. Banana Mon 4:25
- 7. Red And Yellow Parrot
- 8. Some Guy 4:57
- 9. Breezin' In The Sun 4:58
- 10. Leo Lady In The Sun
- 11. De Sweet Coconut 4:35
- 12. Sweet Cane Jane 7:27
- All song written and performed by Yaqob
- Recorded, mixed, and mastered by John
Palmer at Andro-Media®
1. Reggae Mon Reggae is an island
African rhythm that sends you on a dance moving frenzy, very
"down" or uplifting, depending on the song, or what it's talking
about - happy or sad. But the music is always moving. I took the
Reggae to a happy level where a Reggae man comes home to his world
of friends - his love, his life. Reggae Mon. All you Reggae men,
go home. Peace and Love.
- 2. I Wonder I always wondered
about Love. When someone say, "I love you," I wondered who else
they loved. Was I the only one? But I found out that only God is
Love. We just say it. GOD IS LOVE. Now I (YaTafari) don't have to
wonder anymore. God gave me Love.
- 3. Lady by the Sea I am a
dreamer. I dream of a beautiful lady walking by the seashore,
honey brown, and lovely. She was kicking the sand and singing. I
like to dream when I write. So dream with me. Let's go by the sea.
Let the waves and the wind take you away.
- 4. Brazilian Butterfly
"Brazilian Butterfly. Ah! Brazil. There are colors in the sky.
Powdered wings, mystic eyes Floating softly on a cloud. Singing
love songs to the crowd. They can fly and they sing. Brilliant
colors on their wings. Lots of sweet love for us all. Quiet
spirits they are called. Brazilian Butterflies..." De sambas and
de bossa's... What a lively music - so happy, so serene, so
complete. Just listen and you'll be there. I was listening to Joao
Gilberto when he took me there. And I've stayed with the Brazilian
sound ever since. Love Brazil.
- 5. Beautiful Bahamas Bahamas, my
first love. The blue seas, blue skies, blue marlin, the blue in
the flag. With all of my heart I sing to you. The Bahamas is my
connected home where my heart is. I was in Nassau and heard
JunkAnoo and Calypso. All of the island seems to dance when the
JunkAnoo sounds are being played. It truly is festive music. This
joyous music is a kaleidoscope of sound and color. The rhythmic
sounds of cowbells, goat skin drums, and whistles, accompanied by
an array of brass instruments, create a sweet musical beat that
rhythms will move you. The JunkAnoo rhythms of the 700 islands of
the Bahamas are as exciting as taking a trip there. Everyone -
children of all ages - should experience the uplifting gala
highlife of this culture.
- 6. Banana Mon Bananas! Bananas
for sale in the market. Eating, dancing, singing, buying, that's
what "Banana Man" is all about. Come get your bananas.
- 7. Red and Yellow Parrot One may
see a woman he really loves and he doesn't know why she thrills
him. Well, this story is about a man seeing a woman down by the
sea. Every day he watches and waits, hoping she's not married so
that he may have a chance to talk with her. So he asks a parrot to
find out if she is married. He knows not to mess with a married
woman. So he waits for an answer.
- 8. Some Guy When a woman cries,
it's usually because of a man. Some guy hurts her. But here comes
another man...as a friend. He is concerned for her and cheers her
up. So, don't let hurt keep you hurting. Enjoy people all the
time. Some will hurt. Some will love.
- 9. Breezin ' in the Sun A place
in the sun - that's where we all want to go and get away. So
listen and go there. I go there all the time through music. I'll
meet you there.
- 10. Leo Lady In The Sun My Leo
Lady is my lovely, honey-brown wife. Girl, I sing to you. - Your
- 11. de Sweet Coconut When God
made the coconut, he must have thought of me. Anything made of
coconut is a treat for me - coconut pie, cake, candy, cookies, ice
cream, coconut gravy, coconut milk, coconut shrimp. .
- 12. Sweet Cane Jane This is only
a wishful song. I wrote this thinking of my wife-to-be. Listen to
- I thank GOD for His love, His Spirit,
and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding he gave me to compose
music and art.
- I thank GOD for guiding me towards
people like my wife, Ineala, who is very inspirational, caring,
romantic, and fun to be with.
- I thank my parents -- my Mom, Bessie,
and my late Dad, Joseph. They let my brothers and me play music,
and bought us the guitars and other musical instruments. I guess I
am a "chip off the old block" because my Dad was a great piano
player. He was also a preacher and pastor. So he taught us
- I have five brothers and one sister. My
oldest brother, Michael, was a musician. He is deceased. I am the
second oldest. I changed the names of my other brothers. Raymond,
I named Yosef. Ronald, I named Asfa. Dwayne is Dawit. My dear
sister is Sharon. I thank them for their love and obedience.
- My children are Zipporah, Angela,
Stephen a.k.a. Hashim, Seyon, Makeda, Kandíce, Rohema,
Nicky, and Avery. (I almost ran out of ink.) And my "other
daughters," Ona and Marlena. God bless them all.
- I especially want to acknowledge
MEGAWAVE Records and thank John Palmer for his sharp insight for
music, and his caring. All is well, John. GOD bless
- And I thank every one who listens,
buys, and appreciates the Caribbean and Latin sound of music.
- Peace and Love &endash;
To Ya Tafari
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