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St. Lucian Artist Taj Weekes & Adowa Commemorate the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan With the Release of the Single and Animated Video for "Janjaweed

Taj Weekes & Adowa pay tribute to the tireless efforts of the people of South Sudan in their search for peace with the release of their topical single "Janjaweed" from their latest CD release, A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen, on Jatta Records. A captivating animated video provides a moving visual metaphor to remind us that widespread violence against civilians continues in several regions in Sudan, threatening to undermine a fragile peace.

This video touches on the horror and violence the people of South Sudan and Eastern Chad have endured for decades at the hands of the janjaweed, nomadic gunmen or so called "devils who ride on horseback."

This animated video only hints at the gruesome story that lies behind the name but presents the issue so that those who want to know more may seek it out themselves. For many, this song and video will be the first time they will hear of the janjaweed and the devastation they have been perpetrating in Africa for nearly a decade.

Lyrics and Song: Taj Weekes
Video Concept & Design: Sidekick Creative
Animation: Digital Alchemy

Song & Video Reviews

OkayAfrica

"The video is done in a captivating style of animation that turns the story of the Janjaweed into a metaphorical tale about a botanical infestation that sweeps across the land. The depiction of the Janjaweed as a species of cancerous floral cyclops seems like something out of Dr. Seuss’s nightmares, but the fantastical images imbue the song with a semblance of grandeur, as if to say, "The Janjaweed are more than just criminals, they are a supernatural force of pure malevolence."

Earmilk

"This is your Daily 2% – Chilled and Ready to Serve. This new reggae tune came across my desk, at just the right time, because I’ve really been slacking on my island music. The track I’m bringing to you today is called "Janjaweed" and although it sounds like a light-hearted track; it actually carries a bit of seriousness with it.There’s also a video that comes with this new track and although it has heavy content; it’s still a great chilled out vibe. So enjoy. Check out the track and chill…."

YardEdge.net

"Check out this very cool video from Taj Weekes & Adowa, called  ”Janjaweed” from the album “A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen” on Jatta Records."

Sketches of Existence Blog

"Of all the songs on the CD, this one stood out for me as it describes the unimaginable, heart-breaking horror of the south Sudanese people at the hands of the merciless Janjaweed militia."

New Caribbean Cinema

"Some of my favourite freedom fighters fight through music. Bob Marley was one of them, Peter Tosh was another, Taj Weekes is a third. Take a look at this vid, hold a meds and make it your responsibility everyday to EXERCISE your hard-earned liberty…strength to those still fighting for it."

The Absolute Best of Reggae Blog

"This entire album is great and this song is one of the best off the album, enjoy."

KVSC 88.1 FM - St. Cloud, MN

"The Melodies of both music and vocals intertwine beautifully throughout the album and can be noted especially on 'Janjaweed.'"

Best Of Reggae Blogspot

"The second song is one of my favorites, "Janjaweed." It starts off with a beautiful futuristic symphony sound that again transforms into an amazing slow paced catchy roots reggae jam. This song, I don't know if it's because of the horses and what sounds to me like a shuffling 1800's town in the background just makes me feel like a weird nostalgic civil war-ish, old timey feeling every time I hear it?? If this is what Taj was going for he did it with ease and tons of likability. A very enjoyable song that I have listened to over and over just to hear in its fullness of sounds."

 

SONG LYRICS

imploring the skies for an answer
‘cause no one on earth here would help
see the soldiers have stolen their laughter
what a murderous hand they've been dealt

but someone planted a seed
weeded and watered with greed
a malignant seed
the janjaweed

imploring the skies for an answer
‘cause no one on earth here would tell
how the soldiers have stolen their laughter
a sadness they could not dispel

someone planted a seed
weeded and watered with greed
and after a while sprout broke through
and something grew
the janjaweed

imploring the skies for an answer
‘cause no one on earth here would help
the soldiers have stolen their laughter

what a murderous hand
that rules all the land
malignant seed
the janjaweed

the janjaweed

someone planted a seed
weeded and watered with greed
and after a while sprout broke through
something grew
malignant seed
the janjaweed

malignant seed the janjaweed

malignant seed the janjaweed

malignant seed janjaweed