LUNATION

by KAMI AWORI

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Aiyana Jones. Tamir Rice. Darnisha Harris. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Tyisha Miller. Youths aged 7 to 19 years old, killed without valid reason by American police forces.

Nina Simone once said: “How can one be an artist and not reflect the times?” A statement that resonates louder every time a police brutality case comes up. And since time ceased healing wounds because the names keep multiplying, old scars can’t help reopening over & over again.

It’s in this vein that "Lunation" was created. A few moons away from the dawn of Black History Month, KAMI AWORI reflected on the notion of loss, or rather, the notion of a parent having lost their child under the watch of a judicial system biased by racism.

"Lunation" is a nostalgic tale of vulnerability, hope, desperation, spirituality and protest.

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released June 14, 2016

Written & interpreted by Awori.
Produced by Kami.
Arranged by KAMI AWORI.
Co-arranged by Theo Lacroix.
Mixed & mastered by Théo Lacroix et Colors Records Studio.
Executive producers : Lacroix & Eigenmann (Colors Records).
Artwork : original photograph by André D. Wagner, graphics by Julian Morgan.

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Kami & Awori are Paris-based duo KAMI AWORI.

Minimal, anti-conformist, polyrhythmic Electro-Soul.

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Track Name: Blue Forest
I was walking through the forest
And I thought you were by my side
But when I turned around to find you
You were nowhere in sight
I don’t know how it happened
I thought I could keep you safe

I don’t usually long for the past
But it was so good, so good
I don’t think these memories are gon’ last
Since you left so soon, so soon
I’m afraid my mind might erase the last
Hours of our gloom, our gloom
I’m afraid I might be breathing too fast
Hoping to heal you, heal you

May this air fill your lungs
Bring you back to me, back to me
Are we Lost In This World?
May you find peace, find peace
May this air fill your lungs
Bring you back to me, back to me
Are we Lost In This World?
May you find peace, find peace

Under the moon I will see your face replace the stars
Illuminating my dark thoughts chase them very far
Under the moon I will see your face replace the stars
Illuminating my dark thoughts chase them very far

Cosmic confirmation
Present is impatient
War has swept the nation
Join the conversation
Cosmic confirmation
Present is impatient
War has swept the nation
Join the conversation
Track Name: Lunation (interlude)
Your eyes were as brown as the Earth
That birthed you
As deep as the sea in which you swam
For nine lunations
This body
Your first nation
Eager to see you free
Stumbling first steps on the shores of this sea
And yet, afraid that the outside world
Would not be worthy
Of your kind heart and old soul
Nature’s very own.
Track Name: Window To Her Soul
What you feel about that?
Kids dying in the streets
How you feel about that?
How you gonna react?
IRL, URL, fuck your opinion
They ain’t ever coming back

Do you need to see it to believe it?
Is your heart much colder than this season?
Mass media has biased all your reason
Searching for the light inside is needed
And if they say the words, you know they mean it
The devil’s only fighting his own demons
Do you need to see it to believe it?

I call out everyday
Still hurts its own way
I know it will be long
Until the pain is over
I call out everyday
Still hurts its own way
I know it will be long
Until the pain is over

It’s getting harder to breathe
Harder to breathe now
My mind is not at ease
My mind is not at ease
Need to fight this disease
Fight this disease
Will you proceed or retreat?
Proceed or retreat?

Wicked kind of foul play
Don’t care what the news says
We are all we have, it’s okay
Strength will move mountains anyway
Hear you but I must say
Does the pain ever go away?
Justice feels like child’s play
I still call on you most days