Music Passport

1. Discuss one way music in the Republic of South Africa reflects the particular history of the country? (100 words) 2. Song Analysis – Listen to Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” and provide a song analysis including your personal thoughts on the song and the emotions it may stir, as well as specific things you notice in the sound and arrangement. Consider the lyrics and Fela’s use of language, and how they work with the music. Take note of the dominant instruments and overall sonic texture as it relates to the lyrics (printed below), the theme of the song, and the specific mood. How does this popular song draw or utilize traditional music for inspiration? (200 words) Fela Kuti – Zombie (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. “Zombie” lyrics Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie)
Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie) Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go (Zombie)
Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop (Zombie)
Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn (Zombie)
Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think (Zombie) Tell am to go straight
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go kill
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go quench
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro Go and kill! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and die! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and quench! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Put am for reverse! (Joro, jaro, joro) Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way Joro, jara, joro Attention! (Zombie)
Quick march!
Slow march! (Zombie)
Left turn!
Right turn! (Zombie)
About turn!
Double up! (Zombie)
Salute!
Open your hat! (Zombie)
Stand at ease!
Fall in! (Zombie)
Fall out!
Fall down! (Zombie)
Get ready! Halt! Order! Dismiss!