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Hamala (Let Him Fly)

by The Garifuna Collective

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Hamala (Let Him Fly) is the first single from ABAN, the new album by The Garifuna Collective.

"Hamala is a song that came to me in a dream. It sings to the Garifuna youth to embrace the freedom that their ancestors fought so hard to keep," says songwriter Emilio Thomas.

"Hamala is the story about a little boy who wants to fly. He wants to go out in the world and experience it, learn from it. But in order for him to accomplish this, he needs his community to embrace him, prepare him for what lies ahead. He knows that the rich culture of his people has the elements he needs to grow his wings and fly."


released June 21, 2019

Produced by Ivan Duran
Additional production by Eli Levinson and Al Ovando
All music composed and arranged by The Garifuna Collective
Recorded and Mixed at Stonetree Studios in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize
Additional recordings at OBG’s, Dangriga Belize and El Ceibon, Honduras

Recorded by Al Ovando
Additional recordings by Eli Levinson and Ivan Duran
Mixed by Al Ovando and Ivan Duran at Stonetree Studios
Mastered by
Album Photography: Jeremy Christoph Lewis
Graphic Design: MID51

The Garifuna Collective:

Marcela Aranda: Vocals
Desiree Diego: Vocals and Maracas
Mohobub Flores: Vocals and Turtle Shells
Sheldon Petillo: Vocals
Emilio Thomas: Vocals
Rolando “Chichiman” Sosa: Vocals and percussion
Denmark Flores: Garifuna Drums
Sam Harris: Electric Guitar and vocals
Guayo Cedeno: Electric Guitar
Eli Levinson: Sampling and programming
Ivan Duran: Electric and Acoustic guitars, Bass
Al Ovando: Electric Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Claps


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Track Name: Hamala (Let Him Fly)
Hamala (Let him fly)

Aban irahü le, busieti lahamachu (There is a little boy, He wants to fly)
Aban irahü le, Busieti Lahamachu (There is a little boy, he wants to fly

Hamala (Let him fly)

Gabafutiwa Luni Lasaliru (We have the power to make this right)
Wamule ei, Mibeti Lamegeirun (Our little brother, he doesn’t need much)

Hamala (Let him fly)

Oundara wama kei ibirinei, inchuwamei lidoun ubóu (Let us come together as brothers, we will push him out into the world)

Wadügübei wounigua (We can do it ourselves)

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