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“Achiever” by Boitumelo Mogale


Boitumelo Mogale - 2011-11-09

 

 

Achiever

Pre-chorus
Africa, the power resides in these eyes
From a knee height we’ve relied on deep might
Lavender, rotle re batla the good life and soon grow old with a good wife, it’s only right

Chorus

Achiever to my Nigerian brother
Achiever to my Algerian sister …
Believer … beya philo mo tirong
Major dreamer, retsa pinna, otshwe uit mo dilong

Verse 1
We’re breaking borders, through rhythmic jams and guitars
Keyboard melodies, bass lines and marimbas
From Angola all the way to Mozambique
Saharan happy feet, it’s pretty hot, so dintsang?
Wa bona, we’re trying to make it as stars
‘Cause star power fuels dreams when kids are dreaming afar
So mfana phola, you’re on course and on par
Go gontle when you’ve made it and never forget who you are.

Pre-chorus

Africa, the power resides in these eyes
From a knee height we’ve relied on deep might
Lavender, rotle re batla the good life and soon grow old with a good wife, it’s only right

Chorus

Achiever to my Nigerian brother
Achiever to my Algerian sister …
Believer … beya philo mo tirong
Major dreamer, retsa pinna, otshwe uit mo dilong

Verse 2

Maftown ba itsi Jabba Man has been doing it
Moving crowds since way back like Moses did
But back then we yelled “no more hunger”
Now we’re stronger, now da hlangana, ntwana satla ho panga
This is hard work at its best
Years and years of late nights, so I don’t rest
Rocking boats to sitting close on BET
Docking flights with Boondocks from DC
Motswa Afrika helping to build a legacy
Botsa Afrika, what else is there to see?
Ba sari theba when we say we’re breaking free
Melodic cheetahs, it’s safe to say we’re taking lead

Pre-chorus

Africa, the power resides in these eyes
From a knee height we’ve relied on deep might
Lavender, rotle re batla the good life and soon grow old with a good wife, it’s only right

Chorus

Achiever to my Nigerian brother
Achiever to my Algerian sister …
Believer … beya philo mo tirong
Major dreamer, retsa pinna, otshwe uit mo dilong

Chorus

Achiever to my Nigerian brother
Achiever to my Algerian sister …
Believer … beya philo mo tirong
Major dreamer, retsa pinna, otshwe uit mo dilong


Translation:

SeTswana to English
rotle re batla: we all want
beya philo mo tirong: put your heart to work
retsa pinna: listen to this song
otshwe uit mo dilong: leave all the bad stuff
dintsang: what’s up
Wa bona: you see
mfana phola: wait a while
Go gontle: it’s beautiful
Maftown ba itsi: Maftown (Mafikeng) knows
da hlangana: it’s all coming together
ntwana satla ho panga: don’t be greedy
Botsa Afrika: ask Africa
Ba sari theba: they mustn’t stop us