Azaa Loo (Celebration!)

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Every year the University of Pittsburgh African Music and Dance Ensemble sponsors a wonderful spring show and one of my favorite was titled ”Azaa Loo!”, a West African greeting that means "celebration" in the native Ewe language of then directorJ. S. Kofi Gbolonyo.

Otherwise known as Steven to his friends, his infectious smile exudes warmth and he personifies the awe-inspiring power of music to transcend regional, cultural and ethnic distinctions in this increasingly interconnected, globalized and digitally wired world we now live in.

His conciliatory overture to the audience was "Yell anytime you feel; scream when your spirit calls for it; never restrict your body; move if the rhythm heats you. This is Azaa Loo! It is a communal festival celebration. Have fun!"

Kevin Kornicki, who employed multiple instruments as we recorded the tracks for Right Place, Right Time, was recently featured in Florida Today for his percussion expertise and adept use of the cajon, a drum that was refined in 19th century Peru but originally migrated from West and Central Africa.

Amazingly, Kevin played a plethora of exotic and traditional hand-held instruments to create multiple levels of percussive textures: shaker, tambourine, cabasa, triangle, quiro, African talking drum, African djembe, udu, congas, bongos, doumbek, cowbell, timbales, chimes and cajon.

Maybe Nietzsche conveys the universal value and worth of music most strikingly in Twilight of the Idols when he proclaims, “Without music, life would be a mistake." 

Lyrics

Heat up your body

Energize your soul

Elevate your spirit

Let the music roll

 

Heat up your body

Energize your soul

Elevate your spirit

Let the rhythm of the drumbeat take control

Azaa loo

 

The human tribe is one tribe

It isn’t two or three

Black and white and yellow shirts conceal us

Underneath it’s only you and me

Whenever we have questions

About our love today

The answer’s only one drum beat away

 

Repeat chorus

 

Rhythms migrate cross the ocean

Keep you ears close to the ground

The eternal drum beat is always ringing

Listen we’re all wired to the lovin’ sound

Satellite communications

Send sweet songs through the air

They’re all part of the good vibrations everywhere

 

Repeat chorus

 

Music is a world-wide power

And a blessing never cursed

It’s the language of my ancestors

It’s the rhythm of the universe

 

Repeat chorus

 

Azaa loo dance like the devil

Azaa loo heal your worried mind

Azaa loo sing like a gypsy communicate with life

 

Azaa loo love like a virgin

Azaa loo love me long and love me slow

Azaa loo let the rhythm of the cosmic river flow

            heat up your body energize your soul

        elevate your spirit let the music roll

        heat up your body energize your soul

        elevate your spirit let the rhythm of the drumbeat take control

        azaa loo!

 

The human tribe is one tribe it isn’t two or three

Black and white and yellow shirts conceal us

Underneath it’s only you and me

Whenever we have questions about our love today

The answer’s only one drum beat away

      

                  repeat chorus



Rhythms migrate cross the ocean keep you ears close to the ground

The eternal drum beat is always ringing listen we’re all wired to the lovin’ sound

Satellite communications send sweet songs through the air

They’re all part of the good vibrations everywhere

                         

                  repeat chorus

 

Music is a world-wide power and a blessing never cursed

It’s the language of my ancestors it’s the rhythm of the universe

                       

                  repeat chorus

 

Azaa loo! Dance like the devil

Azaa loo! Heal your worried mind

Azaa loo! Sing like a gypsy communicate with life

Azaa loo! Love like a virgin

Azaa loo! Love me long and love me slow

Azaa loo! Let the steady rhythm of the cosmic river flow

                 

                   repeat chorus

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