Sunday, December 4, 2011

Olori Oko by Infinity

Here is a tres deep song, you don't have to be Yoruba to enjoy this song, but you do have to understand the language very well to fully appreciate the awesomeness of this song, so i have done an initial post on some of the parts of this song here .....i give you Olori Oko by Infinity, again i will try not to transliterate, and just put English words that i think convey the same meaning in the given context







Olori Oko  By Infinity


Hmnn I have seen the future
Though I am not a prophet, hn hnnn
In the book of Revelation
There is warning for the nations

He that has any ear let him hear
what the spirit is saying

eh!!

Aisi n le olongbo 

When the cat is away, 
loun mu eku sako 

the mouse will play 
yiyo tekun n yo

When the leopard sneaks and stalks his prey
ki ma yi se t'ojo 

Its not because he is afraid
Agba ki wa loja

The presence of an elder in the market place 
k'ori omo tutun wo 
ensures that a new born's head will not be crooked


Fitila yi to tan

The oil lamp is burning
Imole wole wa 

Light come into the house
Imole ti de 

Light has come

eh !!

Chorus:

Olorioko shi n bo wa

The master is still coming
On bo wa

he is coming
On bo wa le

he is coming home

Olorioko shi n bo wa

The master is still coming 
On bo wa

he is coming
On bo wa le

he is coming home

Olorioko shi n bo wa

The master is still coming
On bo wa

he is coming
On bo wa le

He is coming home

Olorioko shi n bo wa

The master is still coming
On bo wa

he is coming
On bo wa ye
He is coming home

Verse 2

A fo pin ina

The moth
t'loun o pa fitila

that attempts to put out the flame of an oil lamp
ara re ni opa

will only kill itself

Se bi aaro to ba gbon eh

It is a wise cripple 
l'ogun aso tele ki ipa, aye egbo

that will escape a predicted war, people listen
Afoju di awon omo eniyan

The blatant disrespect of mankind
S'olohun Oba

towards God
Iku lon mu dani

brings death as its reward

iye iye

Aisi n le olongbo 
When the cat is away, 
loun mu eku sako 

the mouse will play 
yiyo tekun n yo

When the leopard sneaks and stalks his prey
ki ma yi se t'ojo 

Its not because he is afraid
Agba ki wa loja

The presence of an elder in the market place 
k'ori omo tutun wo 
ensures that a new born's head will not be crooked

Fitila yi to tan
The oil lamp is burning
Imole wole wa

Light come into the house
Imole ti de
Light has come

eh !!

Chorus

Aye ile, aye ile


Edumare baba oke

Almighty God, father
Edumare baba oke

Almighty God, father
Emura emura....

Get ready (2ce)
Emura emura..
Get ready (2ce)

ye ye ye ye ye

chorus

Aye ile, aye ile


Edumare baba oke

Almighty God, Father
Edumare baba oke
Almighty God, Father
Emura emura

get ready (2ce)
Emura emura..
get ready (5ce)





<Praise singing begins>


Olorioko nbo o
The master is coming
Jagunmolu nbo o

The victorious warlord is coming
Papa nla ti n jo tohun tohun

The great field that consumes in its entirety
Efufu ti mi le titi
The terrible gale that blows and shakes the earth
e eh
Olorioko nbo o, emura

The master is coming, get ready

Oba a n sa ya

The King we run to ( our refuge if you like)
Oba aidigbolu

The rock of offence ( transliteration would be the king of offense)
eni o digbolu a si run wom wom... music fades....

on whom ever it falls on,it will grind to powder ( again the transliteration is slightly different but that is the drift)

My verdict :
  • For the instruments in this song ( i love drums)  and percussions in general,
  • For the indigenous yet interesting video, i love the traditional attire and the dances, this could have been a scene from the average yoruba village (except for the men in suits, but we can just pretend they are not there ) ...on a side note: does that dancing guy have rubber as his skeleton or what?
  • For the outstanding use of the Yoruba language
 ..Infinity; you have my standing ovation  :)

This is my best shot at translating this song, the meanings are much deeper than that and i could not consult with my grandma as well on this, the generation gap makes it impossible ( see my last post) and sorry am too lazy to look for a clearer video ..so improvements are welcomed!

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday!

8 comments:

  1. I remember the first time i saw this video. I was so impressed cos it was in a class of its own. We have come a long way in terms of music in naija. I also love that the wordings of the song is deep. Even though i don't really understand yoruba, but my friend interpreted part of the song for me. Thanks for the entire lyrics. I love the drumming. It added better spice to the song. And as for that guy that was doing the dancing with his back and hands and bending and twisting, WOW. He sabi do am wella. It's sad that the group has broken up. I saw the video of a song that one of them sang and I liked it. I might blog about it.


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  2. Its an awesome song indeed,what? they have broken up, i didn't know at all...

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  3. Even though I didn't understand most of the song in Yoruba, the few I did and the delivery was very remarkable.

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  4. This is one of my favorite songs, but there were gaps for the parts of the lyrics I did not understand. You ironed those out for me today, so thank you very very much! Those lyrics are DEEP!

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  5. You did a superb job translating this job but a person really has to understand yoruba to appreciate it's depth!!! I love this song;its fresh, true and inspiring

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