Along the way

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ALBUM DESCRIPTION
“Along the Way” is the beginning of DRASKAs adventure. A very smooth and acoustic ethno-chillout album that is breathing a lot through it’s simplicity and originality. The sensitive compositions created by Drasta and Kadidia Traoré are melting West African with Western vocal lines. Instruments like the n’Goni, Calabash and Double Bass are a sparkling water source underlining every song with a lot of sensitivity. Songs like “jarabi”, “n’maa”, “sayaa” and “jatimadenw” are taking an african direction without being traditional, while others like “time is on your side”or “heal me” ” are living from the interplay of the english spoken vocals of Drasta and Kadidias voice in the Westafrican language Djoula.

Draska’s diverse debut album shows the great potential of a young band that blends ancient traditions of West African with Western urban poetry. (Review on World music  central)

Beautific
This album is the “once every several years gem” that we all look for and hope to find. Besides being earthy and creative on all levels, the melodies and harmonies are so delicate and sweet. The interplay between male and female vocals is full of sympathetic yearnings, and is translated to us, the audience, in a most sublime fashion. I haven’t even mentioned the instrumentation, Wow, so strong and masterful. I love musicians that get this much drive from acoustic instruments. Yeah! (Review on CDBaby)

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DRASKA – ALONG THE WAY LYRICS

1_JATIMADENW

JATIMADENW IS TALKING ABOUT THE ORPHAN IN AFRICA. THEY ARE ALONG THEIR WAY
WITHOUT SHOES, CLOTHES, WITHOUT A PLACE TO REST IN PEACE AND WITHOUT FOOD, ABANDONED.
WE DON’T HAVE THE CHANCE TO HELP THEM ALL, BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS SINGING A SONG FOR THEM.

 

2_TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE
TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE
I WISH THAT I’ COMING FORE WARD
TIME IS ON MY MIND
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I CAN LOOSE
TIME IS ON THE RAIL
I DON’T KNOW WHERE I’VE BEEN GOING A MILION TIMES
BUT I’LL BECOME

FEELINGS THERE’S NOTHING ELSE THAN BREATHING
THERE’S NOTHING ELSE THAN HOLDING THIS
FOR HIS WORD RELEASES
HEALINGS I’M ASKING FOR MORE HEALING
TO THEE GLORY YOUR NAME
FALL ASLEEP

MAYBE I DON’T KNOW MY FRIENDS
MAYBE I WILL LOOSE MY FRIENDS TO SOON AGAIN
MAYBE I AM READY NOW
MAYBE I AM NOW THE KING OVER ME

FEELING THERE’S NOTHING ELSE THAN BREATHING
AND WE’RE FLOWING AND
NEVER BROKEN AND NEVER LOOSING TOGETHER
FREE WE’ RE FEELING AND NEVER LYING TO SEPARATE IN TREASURE
FEELING ALL WE’VE GOT TO LOOSE
WILL YOU STUCK AND KNOW ALL MY LIFE AGAIN

 

3_SAYAA

DEDICATED TO ALL OUR BELOVED ONES THAT LEFT THIS WORLD.
MAY THEIR SPIRITS RISE UP HIGH

 

4_ALONG THE WAY

I’M ALL DAYS
IN A LIFE BETWEEN NOTES
I’M ALL WAY
IN MY LIVING
AND I’M ALONG I’M ALONG THE WAY
I’M ALONG I’M ALONG THE WAY

THERE’S ANOTHER WAY TO HELP ME FEEL ANOTHER DAY
THERE’S ANOTHER DAY TO HELP ME FEEL ANOTHER WAY
THERE’S ANOTHER TIME
TO HELP ME FIND INSIDE MYSELF
AND THERE’S ANOTHER SELF
TO HELP ME BLEEDING

ALL DAYS
RUNNING TO MYSELF RUNNING TO MY GOAL TO MY WAY
RUNNING TO MY LOVE RUNNING TO MY SELF RUNNING TO MY WAY
FINDING ALL THE WAY
FINDING ALL THE WAY

 

5_HEAL ME

YOU’RE HERE IN PEACE
YOU BROUGHT ME HERE
YOU’RE MADE OF GOLD
PUREST GOLD
AND I WILL DO
WHAT I SHOULD DO
YOU WAKE ME UP
YOU WAKE ME UP

HEAL ME DARLING
HEAL ME DARLING
WITH YOUR LOVE

SO WHAT’S THE END
OF HUMAN RACE
I DON’T IGNORE
OH NO I DON’T IGNORE
BUT YOU’VE BEEN FALLING
AND YOU’VE BEEN STUMBLING
AND YOU’VE BEEN REACHING DOWN AGAIN

AND HEAL ME DARLING
HEAR ME DARLING
WITH YOUR LOVE

 

6_WHAT THE…

I GOT A CONFUSION
GOT A CONFUSION ALL THE TIME
I GOTTA BE LOOSING GOTTA BE LOOSING ALL MY MIND
GOTTA BELIEVE IN ME WHEN ALL I SEE IS GOING CRAP
GOTTA BE FOOLING ME WHEN ALL THE TIME I’M BEEING BACK
(2X)

WHAT THE HELL I’M DOING HERE
WHAT THE HELL I DISAPPEAR

THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
ANYWAY ANYWAY

THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
THERE’L NEVER BE AN ENDING I THIS TOWN
NO WAY NO WAY

SO YOU GONNA BURST IT UP
SO YOU GONNA SLOW IT DOWN
SO YOU GONNA KNOW IT NOW
THAT YOU GONNA HAVE TO SHOUT

SO YOU GONNA BURST IT UP
SO YOU GONNA HOLD IT DOWN
SO YOU GONNA KEEP YOUR MIND
THAT YOU NEVER FEEL A DOUBT

 

7_JARABI

A SONG ABOUT LOVE;
LOVE WILL MAKE YOU MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN
AND YOUR HEART GUIDES YOU

 

8_POOR CHILD

THERE’S A LITTLE BOY HE’S PLAYING WITH A TOY
HE’S TRYING HARD TO GET THROUGH
REACHING FOR A BREAKTHROUGH

HE’S LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET INSIDE THE CORE
BUT THERE’S THAT LITTLE SOMETHING KEEPING HIM FROM OPENING
AND THE LONGER HE TRIES THE BUSIER IT GETS
THE MORE IT REFUSE HIM THE MORE HE STARTS TO SWEAT
POOR CHILD
POOR CHILD
SO WHAT ELSE COULD HE DO THAN CRYING OUT FOR HELP
FOR SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS AND CAN RELEASE HIM FROM HIMSELF
POOR CHILD
POOR CHILD

SO ALL IN ALL IT LEADS ME TO A GROUNDING
ALL MY DREAMS THEY’RE FLYING ALL AROUND ME
SO WHAT IT NEEDS IS WHAT I BLEED FOR CALL ME
LEAD ME TO A PLACE WHERE I CAN GROW

SO GUESS WHAT’S COMING NEXT
IT’S A NEVER ENDING STORY
ETERNAL THE WEEL’S TURNING SO WE GOT TO FIND OUR GLORY
OUR KNOWLEDGE IS A LEAF OF A BAUBAB TREE
YOU MAY GET SOME MORE LEAFS BUT YOU’LL NEVER BE THE TREE
(2X)

SO ALL IN ALL IT LEADS ME TO A GROUNDING
ALL MY DREAMS THEY’RE FLYING ALL AROUND ME
SO WHAT IT NEEDS IS WHAT I BLEED FOR CALL ME
LEAD ME TO A PLACE WHERE I CAN GROW

WITH YOUR NEVER ENDING POWER
WITH YOUR NEVER ENDING PEACE

STUMBLE AROUND IT NEVER FINDS YOU
SHAKING IT UP IT NEVER BREAKS THROUGH
BURNING YOUR BRAIN FOR A FAILURE
LOOSING HOPE

 

9_KELE MAGNI

OH WHAT A WAR
FIGHTING AND FIGHTING AND FIGHTING EVERY DAY
ALL THE GENERATIONS
FROM MENKINDS FIRST BREATHING HOUR
TO THE VERY MOMENT PRESENT
WE DON’T SEEM TO GET ANYTHING SIMPLE LIKE THAT

WE’RE UNDER REPRESSION NEVER-ENDING DEPRESSION DROWNING FROM ALL THE PRESSURE
WE’RE UNDER REPRESSION NEVER-ENDING DEPRESSION DROWNING FROM ALL THE PRESSURE

AND IT’S SO SO SO SO SO SO SAD
WHAT REMAINS IS HOPE AND BELIEVE
FOR A BETTER NATION
FOR OUR POPULATION STARTS TO REALISE
THAT WE GOT TO TESTIFY
YEAH WE GOT TO BATTLE OUR FIGHT

 

10_N’MAA

FOR ALL THE MOTHERS ON THIS EARTH
THEY GAVE ALL THEIR LOVE AND HAD TO SUFFER A LOT TO LET US BECOME WHAT WE ARE.
THANK YOU!!!

 

11_BEANS IN A CAN

I’M WALKING DOWN THE STREET, I’VE BEEN WALKING ALL MY DAYS AND STILL
THE SAME STORY S HEADED FOR ME
WHAT A WORLD FULL OF STRANGERS, ARE FALLING IN PIECES
AND I FEEL THE STRANGER IN ME
FEELING A TENSION, FEELING SENSATION, REINCARNATION, REDEMPTION.
WE’VE GOT TO WAKE UP NOW, BEFORE WE WAKE UP DEAD.
I WILL NOT LOOSE CONTROL, AS LONG AS I CARRY ON,
TO BE WHAT I HAVE TO BE
BELIEVE WHAT I BELIEVE
AND WHATEVER HAPPENS IS A PURE REFLECTION
WA’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY OUT
BEFORE WE BECOME BEANS IN A CAN
ALL THE TIME WE RUN IN CIRCLES
LOOKING FOR SOME TRUTH TO FIND.

HOW COME THAT LADY CRIES AND EVERYBODY’S MOVING ON
YOU HEAR IT ON THE RADIO YOU’VE GOT TO BE ON THE FLOOR
SO WHY IS A BROKEN HEART SO HEAVY TO CARRY ON
SO THAT YOU CAN SEE YOU’RE FIGHTING AGAINST THE LAW
YOU’VE GOT TO BE FREE AND BE AND LIVE AND GIVE
AND NEVER STOP TO BE WHAT YOU MAY BE

AND I’M NEVER DESTRUCTED BUT IN DESTRUCTION
YOU FEEL IT ALL OVER ME YOU CAN’T TAKE IT
YOU’RE KICKING ME ON THE FLOOR UNLESS I BREAK IT

KAN BE TA JAMANA GERE YALA
AN NU SIGENA DUNUYA SIGI LE LA

 

DRASKA – ALONG THE WAY CREDITS

“ALONG THE WAY” HAS BEEN RECORDED IN2008 IN LISBON, PT.
ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND COMPOSED BY DRASKA AND KADIDIA
RECORDING AND MIX: DRASTARECORDS
MASTERING: GROUNDZERO STUDIO
COVER IMAGE: ZEVENTURA

KADIDIA TRAORE: VOCALS
DRASKA: VOCALS, N’GONI, BALAFON, DUNDUN (TRACK 3, 8), CALABASH (TRACK 5, 8, 9, 11), SHAMISEN (TRACK 3), OTHER PERCUSSION
MAJO COOPE: CALABASH (TRACK 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10), OTHER PERCUSSION, HARMONICA.
AFONSO CATANHEIRA: DOUBLE BASS
INVITED GUESTS: TEPPE (GUITAR ON TRACK 10)
GOAN AMOS RASTER (BABY NOISES ON TRACK 8)

THANKS TO EVERYBODY THAT HELPED AND IS HELPING US ALONG THE WAY