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Hamala (Let Him Fly)

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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."

Jeremy Lewis, the director, adds "I remember when I was 14 years old, I used to walk from the north side of Hopkins Village to meet my cousin Billy and together we would go a watch the recording sessions with the Garifuna Collective while they were recording the Watina and Umalali albums. I clearly remember just being blown away by what I saw, the cameras, the equipment that where there inside an old thatch house by the beach, In my mind i can still see Andy Palacio, Paul Nabor, Aurelio all in one place making music and having fun. That is when I realized what I wanted to do in life. I wanted to be an artist, a visual artist!"

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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)

credits

from Aban, released September 15, 2019
Emilio Thomas: Lead Vocals
Desiree Diego: Vocals and Maracas
Marcela Aranda: Vocals
Jason Raburn: Vocals
Mohobub Flores: Turtle Shells
Sheldon Petillo: Vocals
Rolando “Chichiman” Sosa: Vocals, Cabasa, Clave
Denmark Flores: Garifuna Drums
Sam Harris: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Guayo Cedeno: Lead Electric Guitar
Eli Levinson: Sampling
Ivan Duran: Electric Guitar and Field Sounds
Al Ovando: Bass, Electric Guitar, Maya Guitar, Effects

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