APPLYING “Papa Stop the War by CHICCO” TO THE KENYAN SITUATION


I heard these words as a kid, the song PAPA STOP THE WAR by CHICCO, was just another song that I could dance to, try my latest break dance moves. It was during the the show MUSIC TIME that was hosted by Fred O. Machoka on sunday night when we all would gather round the television and enjoy the best mix of music from Africa and the world. Those were good and simple times.

Now as I watch the video and listen to the lyrics, I am touched by what the South African people used to face in the evil system of apartheid. What moves me more is that, though the song was in the 80s the words, especially by the poet in the song, ring true even to this day.

I think of my country Kenya and what we have gone through as a country, and as we approach the election period, where violence, death and destruction seem to be the norm, the words of this poet HOLD TRUE.

KENYANS, WE MUST STOP THE WAR

Here are the lyrics….read the poem and watch the video

PAPA STOP THE WAR

LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF REASON

WORDS OF WISDOM HAVE TO BE USHERED

A BETTER WORLD HAS TO BE BUILT

LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF REASON

NOW IS THE TIME

TO UNCHAIN THE MINDS

NOW IS THE TIME

TO UNCHAIN THE HEARTS

IMAGES OF A NEW DREAM

IMAGES OF A NEW SOCIETY

SHOULD EMERGE

HEARKEN THE VOICE OF REASON

RACIAL VENOM IS LIKE SOCIAL DYNAMITE

IT IS LIKE A REVIVAL OF A PERILOUS SYNDROME

A SYNDROME OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

THIS IS THE VOICE OF CONCERN

A VOICE OF SOCIAL REDEMPTION

AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BLINDED

RECONCILIATION AND RECONSTRUCTION

IS LIKE A DARK CLOUD

GIVING WAY TO THE BLUE SKY

HUMAN KIND MUST PUT AN END TO WAR

OR WAR WILL PUT AN END TO HUMAN KIND

AFRICA AND THE WORLD

CANNOT AFFORD SELF PITY

IF SOMETHING IS NOT WORTH LIVING FOR

IT IS NOT WORTH DYING FOR

YES THIS IS THE VOICE OF REASON

IN SEARCH OF LIBERTY

ETERNAL

HUMAN KIND THINK POSITIVE

CHOOSE LIFE NOT DEATH

THIS IS THE VOICE OF REASON

THAT SHAKES THE CONSCIENCE OF HUMAN KIND

THAT WAS THE VOICE OF REASON

– written by Bwana Morioz

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