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by JUMAA

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04:32
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04:58
4.
04:25

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released September 24, 2015

Lead & Backing Vocals, Rhodes, Acoustic Guitars : JUMAA
Electric Guitars : Jo Ambros
Bass : Dieter Fischer
Drums & Percussion : Johann Polzer
Hammond B3 Organ : Martin Meixner
Tenor Saxophone : Steffen Dix
Trumpet & Fluegelhorn : Christian Mueck
Trombone : Florian Seeger
Backing Vocals : Marie Louise & Max Braun

All Tracks Written & Arranged by JUMAA
All Tracks Produced by JUMAA & Max Braun
All Tracks Recorded & Mixed by Max Braun
All Tracks Mastered by Gabriel Schuetz at Gabston

Photography by Merlin Nadj-Torma
Artwork by Ahmed Akasha

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JUMAA Berlin, Germany

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and songwriter, JUMAA is an accomplished musician who writes music that is as sophisticated as it is soulful. From jazz to soul, rhythm and blues to afrobeat, funk to highlife, Jumaa’s music is guaranteed to get you moving and touch/move your soul. ... more

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Track Name: Am I? I Am!
You arrived ready and able to lecture me
Spent some of your precious time to show me what my eyes canʻt see
Willing to school my with your well studied philosophy
You gonna work hard to overcome my so called iliteracy
But I am what I am what I breathe thereʻs no lie in what you see
Am I big am I small; might be rich might be poor; itʻs still a part of me
Stop trying to make me believe in your world and what you feel
Cuz at the end I will know where I stand who I am and that I am

Free
To take every breath that I take
To make every step that I make
Cry if I feel like a new born child
Overwhelmed with luck seeing a babyʻs smile
I think what my thoughts will say
Not misleaded along the way
I follow my destiny
Act on behalf of the root of my soul
To give and get love is what Iʻll be
Cuz Iʻm
Free

Preach to me lifeʻs supposed to be live in a serious way
Cuz laughter and hope alone wonʻt get you anywhere
Looking up, looking down, looking straight in your eyes observe the moves that you make
Could it be that youʻre uptight come on let it go this will help you on your way
Well youʻll be what you see what you feel; donʻt be afraid of what is real
Donʻt get fooled by what they say; they wonʻt stick to what the pray.
Wonʻt practice what they preach
Stop trying to make believe in a world that should not be
At the end you will know where to stand not to bend and that you are

Free
Track Name: Listen
Listen to the wind and how it howls
Stories untold but yet so strong you better listen
Silently, unwrapped in a morning breeze
Futureʻs going to be history
But donʻt forget your past
Cuz while you move on thereʻs so much that can be lost on your way
Try to stay awake be ready for your destiny

Listen to the pulse of a beating heart
Like a drum it shows your feet how to walk in ease
Powerful it leads you through this journey in time
Synchronise your body and your mind
All along your way

Only your mind that can fill up the air
Only your soul that can be everywhere
Only one heart you are able to give
Better remember thereʻs only one life you live

Listen to the sounds the world will give
Songs to liberate your dreams if you only believe
Conceive the strenght it will rise every time that you breathe
Be taught by things that youʻre about to see
Rooted in your spirituality
If youʻre running out of breathe
Remind yourself this life is not a race
Cuz no matter how fast you go
Eternity will wait for you

Only your mind that can fill up the air
Only your soul that can be everywhere
Only one heart you are able to give
Better remember thereʻs only one life you live
Track Name: Better
You picked me up when I drowned in my own tears
You helped me stand when I was bent down on my knees.
Like an orphan in this world rootless I have swayed from day to night;
night to day.
But in the shelter of your arms rescued I have been so I don‘t have to
stray.

Cuz you helped me, helped me be a better man
Better than I‘ve ever could been

Back then I felt lost; didn‘t know elsewhere to go
Hungry for a cause to get up and become whole.
Standing at the end of this dead end street with a bag full of unwished
dreams
Freezin in the rise of the early morning sun try to figure out what is
meant to be.

Then you helped me, helped me to be a better man
Better than I‘ve ever could been

I never touched such purity throughout my life
Have been fooled by a false prophecy.
Now I‘ve witnessed how life could feel
Inside of me

Like an orphan in this world rootless I have swayed from day to night;
night to day.
But in the shelter of your arms rescued I have been so I don‘t have to
stray.

Cuz you helped me, helped me to be a better man
Better than I‘ve ever could been
Track Name: Workin'
Labeled clothes, diamond rings, act like superstars
Everything that we want we are able to get
No matter how rare we always get a share of that
Live a jetset life and in the fast lane
Give a damn about substance or what will remain
Never question ourselves or the way we behave
Might think about it when we jump into our grave
Oh by then it will be too late to really feel what we got stored in our hearts
As we are on a misled way itʻs kinda hard to find out where to start
Truth and sense is buried in our mind in a place nobody knows
With our spirit full of haze we donʻt know where to go

We just work and we workin
Seven days a week we are fighting
Never make this life worth a living
Cannot find no peace to give loving

We start them wars, fight, pretend we bring peace to this world
Call it freedom but donʻt know what itʻs worth
Oppress the people and tell them the way they should live
Ignorance is the only thing weʻre able to give
Laugh at folks who donʻt share our point of view
Insist our God is the only one who tells the truth
Close our hearts before we start to speak
By being blind we never find what we seek
Arrogant to think we rule this world
But donʻt respect those who been here first
We squeeze and we squeeze all the wells til they dry
And quiet content to live with this lie
Pollute the spirit of our youths
Mislead while they grow
Our hands dipped in blood
Weʻve realesed a monster but donʻt know to stop

Conversation full of words but say nothing at all
Moves are meaningless and have no soul
Tables are set the hunger still remains
Nights are sleepness and full of fears
Oh Lord will we face another day

We just work and we workin