LOWKEY FT. MAI KHALIL - CHILDREN OF DIASPORA (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

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Shared September 3, 2016

Official video for - Lowkey ft. Mai Khalil - Children of Diaspora
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Lyrics:

VERSE 1 -

Lost in this city of fog rarely seen by the sun,
Just cos your both but neither doesnt mean that your none,
Never captains of the ship but they mistook us for some passengers
Now we're stuck here singing soul music from diaspora,
Your hosts cant relate to your sense of dislocation,
The type of pain that cannot be contained in a dissertation,
"Diaspora" the reason that the terrified are setting fires,
"Diaspora" the reason they couldnt jeprodise zephiniah,
Considered as a compliment if our beauty is fetishized,
Your history is power thats the reason some are petrified,
Colonial mimic, mascot crying behind a mask,
Or a man with amnesia trying to find his past,
Anthony walker never had a weapon but they still got him,
Stephen lawrence never had a weapon but they still got him,
Mark duggan never had a weapon but they still shot him,
They call them first world diaspora problems,

Chorus:

Don't you wonder what became of the children of diaspora?
Those that innovated in their ways and their vernacular,
Those that saw their traces in the faces of the massacred,
I wonder what became of them,
Tell me what became of them
Zoha Hadeed was a child of diaspora,
So fear not, fear not,
Edward Said was a child of diaspora,
So fear not, fear not,
Never bow to the Queen no,
We never bow to the Queen no,
Never bow to the Queen no, no, no, no, no, no
x2

VERSE 2 -

Since the middle passage either sink or you swim,
Bleach the pigment of skin and pray its privilidge trickling in,
But are we missing the link?
Diasporas the reason MJ did to his nose what they did to the sphinx,
And why Marley made the most classic of art,
The reason Gaby Douglas didn't put her hand on her heart,
The reason Malcolm Little changed his name to X,
The reason the Presisdent's melanin remains a threat,
Ahmed made a clock, they arrested him and mangled his name,
But the root of the word is to thank and to praise,
Racism manifests in many cancerous ways,
We must rally for change in these most tragic of days,
Cos Emmit Till didn't have a weapon but they still got him,
Tamir Rice never had a weapon but they still shot him,
Alton Sterling never had a weapon but they still shot him,
They call them first world diaspora problems,

Chorus:

Don't you wonder what became of the children of diaspora?
Those that innovated in their ways and their venacular,
Those saw their traces in the faces of the massacred,
I wonder what became of them, tell me what became of them,
Nina Simone was a child of diaspora,
So fear not, fear not,
Franz Fanon was a child of diaspora,
So fear not, fear not,
Pledge no allegiance to the flag no,
Pledge no allegiance to the flag no,
Pledge no allegiance to the flag no, no, no, no, no, no
x2


"Exile is strangely compelling to think about
but terrible to experience.
It is the unhealable rift forced between a human
being and a native place, between the self
and its true home: its essential sadness
can never be surmounted.
And while it is true that literature and history
contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes
in an exile's life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome
the crippling sorrow of estrangement.
The achievements of exile are permanently undermined
by the loss of something left behind forever."

Edward W. Said

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