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Erik
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Erik What a neat blend of African folk/tribal and metal. A real unique style of folk metal. I can't get enough of it!

While I enjoy this entire album. Tears of the Dead stands out the most to me and is my favorite song. Favorite track: Tears of the Dead.
French Doge
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French Doge For me, album of the year already.
You can't beat African folk/tribal music + Metal.

Some songs are "old" (but reworked) like "As I can breathe", or "Les peuples de l'ombre", some are more recent like "Lost Zion" or "Got to Break it" but most of them are totally new or I've never heard before.

A must have for metalheads.

Long live ARKA'N Favorite track: Awala.
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Doomlobbyn A very compelling but odd fusion of Togoleese folk music, metalcore and rap. Not my usual turf for sure but it works for me. Well worth a listen for this is a truly unique metal band. Favorite track: Tears of the Dead.
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released February 15, 2019

Kodzo AHAVI
Elom AHAVI
Mass AHOLOU
Francis AMEVO
Richard SIKO

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ARKA'N

The band’s originality stems from their music, “Asrafo-core” which is a fusion of hard rock/metal and African mystic and warrior music.
Since 2010, ARKA’N has paved its way on the Togolese music scene as an impressive hard rock metal band which creates, records and performs its own songs deriving their particular sound from the intense African character of their compositions.
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Track Name: Warrior Song
WARRIOR SONG

Ooo ŋsẽtɔ, kalẽawo ƒoƒu loo
Be natsɔ dziɖuɖu na wo
(Ooh! Almighty! Warriors gather
at your feet asking for power and victory)

I am standing right here with my fist in the air
Looking at the sun drying my tears at noon
Man (chaley !) here with my brothers
Walking with no fear
Cuz He talks to the elements
Walking before us

Ka me bla na azizɔ o lo, Ka me bla na azizɔ o lo,
Mawu Ata KoKorabi dziŋkusi kple anyigba ɖo tɔ
Ka me bla na azizɔ o lo, Ka me bla na azizɔ o lo,
Mawu Ata KoKorabi dziŋkusi kple anyigba ɖo tɔ
(A rope cannot attach the smoke.
You are the earth and heaven maker, our only strength)

Ooo ŋsẽtɔ (elehi lele lo)
kalẽawo ƒoƒu loo(Kalẽawo tsite lo)
Be natsɔ dziɖuɖu na wo (dziɖuɖu asu miasi godogodo lo)
Ooo ŋsẽtɔ (elehi lele lo)
kalẽawo ƒoƒu loo(Kalẽawo tsite lo)
Be natsɔ dziɖuɖu na wo

I am standing right here with my fist in the air
Looking at the sun drying my tears at noon
Man (chaley !) here with my brothers
Walking with no fear
Cuz He talks to the elements
Walking before us

God, we bow down!! Send your light and power
Down we bow, then we rise!! Rise!!

Ooo ŋsẽtɔ, kalẽawo ƒoƒu loo
Be natsɔ dziɖuɖu na wo

I am standing right here with my fist in the air
Looking at the sun drying my tears at noon
Man(chaley !) here with my brothers
Walking with no fear
Cuz He talks to the elements
Walking before us
Track Name: Les Peuples de l'Ombre
LES PEUPLES DE L'OMBRE

Dzideƒo miadevio elabe ŋkeke la gbɔna!
Yo! Yo! ŋkeke la gbɔna.
Dzideƒo miadevio elabe ŋkeke la gogo
Yo! Yo!
(Cheer, my people, ‘cause the day is coming)
(Stand up, my people, ‘cause the day is almost there)

Ces choses que tu vois pas,
Enterrées dans les coeurs
Dans le silence des ténèbres
Ces choses que t'entends pas
Les colères, les pleurs.
C'est un peuple qui se soulève!

Derrière chaque regard, toute une histoire
À remplir des pages!
Derrière chaque silence, des cris de violence
Des mots qui se disent pas!

Du plus profond des âges,
Je tiens ce présage
Le monde changera de visage!
Une larme qui coule, ton univers qui chamboule
Entends les clameurs de la foule!

Derrière chaque regard, toute une histoire
À remplir des pages!
Derrière chaque silence, des cris de violence
Des mots qui se disent pas!

Dzideƒo miadevio elabe ŋkeke la gbɔna!
Yo! Yo! ŋkeke la gbɔna.
Dzideƒo miadevio elabe ŋkeke la gogo
Yo! Yo!
ŋkeke la gbɔna! ŋkeke la gbɔna...
(Cheer, my people, cause the day is coming
Stand up, my people, cause the day is almost there,
The day is coming, the day is coming, the day is coming ...)
Derrière chaque regard, toute une histoire
À remplir des pages!
Derrière chaque silence, des cris de violence
Des mots qui se disent pas!
Derrière chaque regard, toute une histoire
À remplir des pages!
Derrière chaque silence, des cris de violence
Des mots qui se disent pas!

Hidden People

Keep faith, my fellow countrymen 'cause the day is coming
Stand up my fellow countrymen 'cause the day is so close!
These things you don't see,
Buried in hearts, in the silence of darkness
These things you don't hear,
Anger and tears.
A people is rising in revolt!
Behind each stare, there's a whole story, to fill a book!
Behind each silence, there are screams of violence, unspoken words!
Deep from the past, I feel that omen.
The face of the world will change.
A single falling tear will mess up your whole world!
Hear the people shouting!!
Behind each stare, there's a whole story, to fill a book!
Behind each silence, there are screams of violence, unspoken words!
Behind each stare, there's a whole story, to fill a book!
Behind each silence, there are screams of violence, unspoken words!
Track Name: Lost Zion
LOST ZION

I grab it!! I grab it once again.
But nothing in my hand...
Golden castle I see turn into dust
Flying away, run away, run away!
One step, one more step! And I get into you
Everytime I'm coming closer
Your face fades away
Your smile turns into a dark roar.

Zion, I don't find you anywhere
You seem to be a mirage faraway
Zion, show me the very way to you
And don't let me...(down).

One step, one more step! Get into you.
Everytime I'm coming closer
Your face fades away
Your smile turns into a dark roar.

Zion, I don't find you anywhere
You seem to be a mirage faraway
Zion, show me the very way to you
And don’t let me! Don’t let me!
Don’t let me! Don’t let me!
Track Name: Awala
AWALA

Here I am!!!

Thousand times, buried in ground
Time is over

Now I rise, open my eyes, just in front of you
I see the fear on your face, ‘cause I'm alive

Eeee! Awala nyaga besi gbadja wosia do!
Tikenekaya Ekenenaga
Eeee! Awala nyaga besi gbadja wosia do!

In spite of all my bodies rotten in the ground
Centuries of scream in the darkness
Here I am! You can't deny
No way now you're done, ‘cause I'm alive.

Eeee! Awala nyaga besi gbadja wosia do!
Tikenekaya Ekenenaga
Eeee! Awala nyaga besi gbadja wosia do!
Tikenekaya Ekenenaga
Track Name: Return of the Ancient Sword
RETURN OF THE ANCIENT SWORD

Mi ʋu agboa loo kalɛawo,
Agbadza tomevio be mi ʋu agbo loo kalɛawo
Mi ʋu agboa ne mia yi ɖe Dahomey.
Mi ʋu agboa loo kalɛawo,
Agbadza tomevio be mi ʋu agbo loo kalɛawo
Mi ʋu agboa ne mia yi ɖe Dahomey.
(Warrior chant: open the gate to the warriors so that
they can go home)

Here I am... Looking at what you have done
Congratulations, you've killed bare-handed children but...
It's time to face this, it's time to face this, it's time to
face me, it’s time to face me!!

IF!
YOU!
WANT!
BLOOD!

Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
(A tree is burning. Humans try to put out the fire
but they can't cause that fire came from Thunder.)

Mi ʋu agboa loo kalɛawo,
Agbadza tomevio be mi ʋu agbo loo kalɛawo
Mi ʋu agboa ne mia yi ɖe Dahomey.

Earth is thirsty she really needs to drink
Earth is hungry she really needs to eat
But she’s fed up with the flesh and blood of those you kill
All the cries and pain of these souls she feels
Now I’ve got the sword of the ancient times
Made up of lava and the blood of my forefathers
Gaia’s blown the veil of fear off my eyes
Now I hear the calling. No I cannot deny.
Walking the divine devil by my side I’m coming for you
The silence you hear is nothing but the calm
before the storm
Because God left earth leaving me the seven cups
Yo walls are closing in chaley ndokousou a tchi

Kite'm ale, kite'm ale, kite'm ale nan Ginen
Kite'm ale, kite'm ale, wooooooy
(Koupe tèt, boulè kay)

IF!
YOU!
WANT!
BLOOD!

Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
Ati aɖe bi dzo, agbetɔwo be yoatsi dzo ma lo
Adze ye, edzi ye ɖegbe!
Track Name: Tears of the Dead
TEARS OF THE DEAD

Nɔviwoe, xixeame tsɔ̃ eye dzatawo fɔ lo, gamea su lo!
Nɔviwoe, xixeame tsɔ̃ eye ŋɔliawo fɔ!
(Brothers, darkness fall, lions are rising, the time has come,
Brothers, darkness fall, dead are rising!)

Light !
is now going down
Just like does your reign
Darkness taking over
The Phlegethon
That’s all you’re gonna see now

Cry !
For a thousand million hands are dragging you home
A thousand million pains have built your castle
Your time has come

Nɔviwoe, ʋu kɔɖi sɔgbɔ do gu anyigba kple vi maɖifõwo
Nyateƒe Anyigba la ke nu bia akɔ̃ta wo.
Heeeyia, tso kufia nawo
Heee kalɛ̃awo fɔ, ŋɔliawo fɔ, dzatawo fɔ!!!

Light ! is now going down
Just like does your reign
Darkness taking over
The Phlegethon
That’s all you’re gonna see now

Cry !
For a thousand million hands are dragging you home
Nɔviwoe, ʋu kɔɖi sɔgbɔ do gu anyigba kple vi maɖifõwo
Nyateƒe Anyigba la ke nu bia akɔ̃ta wo.
Heeeyia, tso kufia nawo
Heee kalɛ̃awo fɔ, ŋɔliawo fɔ, dzatawo fɔ!!!

Light ! is now going down
Just like does your reign
Darkness taking over
The Phlegethon
That’s all you’re gonna see now!

Cry !
For a thousand million hands are dragging you home
A thousand million pains have built your castle
Your time has come
Track Name: As I Can Breathe
AS I CAN BREATHE

Kalɛ̃tɔ wodzim lo manye lo tsɔyiɖaaa
(Warrior I was born, warrior I remain, eternally).

The road stands up now before me
If I gave up what would I be supposed to be
So many questions spin in my mind
Should I quit after all I leave behind
I wonder who I am or ought to be
But I know a loser I got no to be
I'd like this to be just a dream but it's not
All I gotta do is to keep my goal in mind
I clench my fists and look forward
I'm gonna get wounds but I look forward
In the end without shame gotta see my reflection
And smile everytime I see my scars

As I can breathe, I keep faith
In every step that I make
As I can breathe I cannot let
What I live for be an ideal.

This path I'm on
This fight I'm on
Every sunrise put me in doubt
And I feel that days are all the same
Cuz I can't still figure my way out

Through this opaque haze I'm walking towards my destiny
Gotta find my way and then fight till end
Now I know I must use my senses to become the master
of my destiny
So I'm not about to give up
My duty to show my hit
When I see the mountain I got faith that one day
I'll reach this bright summit where
I'll be seen as a hero

As I can breathe, I keep faith
In every step that I make
As I breathe I cannot let
what I live for be an ideal.

As I can breathe, I keep faith
In every step that I make
As I breathe I cannot let
What I live for be an ideal

Kalɛ̃tɔ wodzim lo manye lo tsɔyiɖaaa
(Warrior I was born, warrior I remain, eternally)

As I can breathe, I keep faith
In every step that I make
As I breathe I cannot let
What I live for be an ideal

As I can breathe, I keep faith
In every step that I make
As I breathe I cannot let
What I live for be an ideal
Track Name: Viviti
VIVITSI

Vivitsi do le mɔwo dzi,
Menya nusi le nkɔ na wo o.
Edzebe nabla ali dzi
Kuxiwo mevɔ na gbeɖeo

Vivitsi do le mɔwo dzi
Menya nusi le nkɔ nawo o
Tsɔ megbe menye miatɔwo o
Gbe dodoɖa dzi ko mia nɔ.

Gake nɔvi mega xɔɛ se be
Xakui ɖeka ateŋ kplɔ nu o,

Ɖeka wɔwɔ me ŋsɛ le, nɔvi wɔwɔ koe
Ɖeka wɔwɔ me ŋsɛ le lo,
Wo ɖeka ma teŋu wi o.

Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.

Nyateƒe xixe si me miele
Amesiame kple etɔ ye,
Amea ɖeke mawɔɛ nawo o,
Eyata megabla abɔ daɖi o.

Nɔvinye amegbetɔwo dome
Aɖu konu dɔmetɔ levo
Edʒebe na ʒɔ mɔwo kpo
Xixe siame ɖo võvõ lo,

Gake nɔvi mega xɔɛ se be
Xakui ɖeka ateŋ kplɔ nu o,
Ɖeka wɔwɔ me ŋsɛ le, nɔvi wɔwɔ koe
Ɖeka wɔwɔ me ŋsɛ le lo,
Wo ɖeka ma teŋu wi o.

Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.

Zã keli woɖo, zã keli woɖo lo,
Tso blemame yi mavɔ me.

Zã keli woɖo, zã keli woɖo lo,
Tso blemame yi mavɔ me.

Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple xɔnametɔwo
Wo ƒoxla wo, xɔlõwo kple futɔwo.
Nya zɔ̃zɔ̃ le agbe me.


Darkness is spreading all in front of us. We can't see
what is hidden behind the veil of tomorrow. We can just
keep struggling and praying.
Darkness is spreading all in front of us. We can't see
what is hidden in the heart of the other one. And
sometimes we could fear the world.
But a single blade of broom can't sweep the compound.
So you can't make it all alone. There is strength in unity.
All around you there are true friends and false friends.
You must always trust the people and you must always
be careful in this life.
Track Name: Escape
ESCAPE

Enlighten my way, you are the light I know
That brings me to life and makes me grow
Set me free, your word is just the gate
Carry me by my hand and make me escape

Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Carry me home
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
(A voice coming from above welcome us to the
Motherheaven)

Come inside
And let my soul fly away
High beyond the skies
Above this world of night and day

Rise and fall,
I'm tired of fighting again
Save me
Come on and set me free

Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo
Carry me home
Gbeɖiɖi ɖe tso dziƒo be miade nyigba eya loo

Come inside
And let my soul fly away
High beyond the skies
Above this world of night and day

Come inside
And let my soul fly away
High beyond the skies
Above this world of night and day

Come inside
And let my soul fly away
High beyond the skies
Above this world of night and day

Come inside
And let my soul fly away
High beyond the skies
Above this world of night and day
Track Name: Prince of Fire
PRINCE OF FIRE

Rise and fall again and again
Through fire and flames
I hear your voice I see your shadow
Leading me places I've never known
My shell goes stronger
And my soul goes softer
I see the mirror of the human race
And I see myself in your face

Xɔ fiakuku kpakple ŋsɛ̃ yina kekelime
(Here is your crown, and power. Walk to the light)

Prince of Fire, lead me higher
Take me further, make me wiser

My heart in pieces
The sunbeam filtering
Through my curtain eating the remaining of the night
I wish it could find the way leading to my heart
And clear the mist running in like a wild horse
But I know reality strikes
Teasing every sec’ with her sharp spikes
It’s so cold this place where my feeling lies
Damn, why this burden on my shoulders lies ?
And everyday it gets bigger and heavier
But I ain’t dream’ of being any superhuman
What is this endless fight for
Why am I not strong enough just to let everything down
Then I hear the voice saying
You are strong enough just to win not to quit
You are so much more than what you think
Your light is bigger than what you carry now

Xɔ fiakuku kpakple ŋsɛ̃ yina kekelime
(Here is your crown, and power. Walk to the light)

Prince of Fire, lead me higher
Take me further; make me wiser
Prince of Fire, lead me higher
Take me further, make me wiser
.................................
(Ancient mysterious language)

Prince of Fire, lead me higher
Take me further, make me wiser
Prince of Fire, lead me higher
Take me further, make me wiser.
Track Name: Got to Break It
GOT TO BREAK IT

And the whispers come from far away
From centuries, laying out my way
Everyday every night, leading my life
Hell and heaven know my steps.
And the whispers telling my story
Show me the key of the mystery
Before my destiny decides for me
I will break it and be free

Got to break it, got to make it, got to break it.

I know I was told lies,
I remember, I fell from paradise,
They keep me prisoner in this everlasting trap
But I will break it and be free.
I lost my way, I got to turn back the days
The chain of times is holding me back
I'm gonna break it and be free!

I get out of the jail, I climb up your mountain
I find you sitting there, I take your hand
You and me together, rewrite the story.

Got to break it, got to make it, got to break it.
Track Name: Welcome
WELCOME

Lɔ̃lɔ̃ xɔsiwu ega lo, lɔ̃lɔ̃ xɔsi ɖaa,
Lɔ̃lɔ̃ xɔsiwu ega, nɔviwɔwɔ xɔsiwu sika.
(Love is worth more than silver and gold)

I find what I'm looking for so long
A smile on your face
That carries you where I belong
Welcome to this place.
I give you my hand, I give you my heart,
Cause I still understand
Nɔviwɔwɔ xɔsiwu sika.

Here I see sun rising in your heart
After a deep and dark night.
Here I see every nation rising up
Walking to the light.

I know the one you love the most
And who loved you too.
I can't replace what you've lost
But I am still here for you..
Forget the night in which you fell down
Forget your tears.
I know that above all,
Nɔviwɔwɔ xɔsiwu sika.

Here I see sun rising in your heart
After a deep and dark night.
Here I see every nation rising up
Walking to the light.

Here I see sun rising in your heart
After a deep and dark night.
Here I see every nation rising up
Walking to the light.
Walking to the light.
Walking to the light.

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