MAAFA (Demo 2017)

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THE BAND:
"MAAFA" is the brain child and solo project of Afro-Brazilian Bassist, Songwriter and Vocalist, FLORA LUCINI.
A 6- piece Electric band with Percussion, Taking traditional styles of Hardcore-punk rock and mixing them with Rhythms of the African Diaspora.
Flora describes her music as:
"AFRO-PROGRESSIVE HARDCORE."

All songs written and arranged by Flora Lucini
All lyrics written and arranged by Flora Lucini.
#AfroProgressiveHardcore
MAAFA is currently working on their first full length Album.

THE NAME:
"MAAFA" is a Kiswahili term who's literal translation can mean
"Greatest Disaster" or "Terrible Occurrence"
This term was coined amongst Pan-African scholars by author Marimba Ani, used as a term to describe the atrocity of when Africans were stolen from their continent and sold into slavery throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean; Also known as
"The Middle Passages" or "African Holocaust."

Both in her life and in her music, Flora reclaims this term to not only refer to that period but also to the ongoing genocide, systemic and social oppression affecting ALL forms of Black and Brown lives globally. Centering issues facing ALL Black and Brown Women/Femmes, queer and Gender Non-Confirming/NonBinary people.

THE MESSAGE:
"Screaming Passionate Inter-sectional, Radical Black and Brown, queer, Resistance, love and Outrage. I wrote this music to ignite, up-rise, heal, take up space, worship and praise my ancestors and my creator, to ASSERT, organize, demand, redefine and rebuild. In hopes these words serve as a reminder that our struggle is real, our anger is valid, our voices will not be silenced, we are not alone and we will never compromise our liberation."

credits

released December 19, 2017

MAAFA is:
FLORA-MORENA: Lead Vocals/Songwriter/Arranger/Lyricist
KURT STONE- Guitar/Backing Vocals
ANTHONY SOLIS- Guitar/Backing vocals
DJIBRIL TOURE- Electric Bass
RAMSEY JONES- Drums/Backing Vocals
AMADOU KOUYATE- Djembe/Lead Percussion


Recorded @ RedBull Studios NY
New York City, NY
By Mark Bengtson- Engineer
Brandon Peralta- Engineer
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Bengtson
Produced by: Mark Bengtson and Flora Lucini

All songs written and arranged @ Flora lucini
All lyrics written and arranged @ Flora Lucini

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MAAFA Brooklyn, New York

"MAAFA" is the brain child and solo project of Afro-Brazilian Bassist, Songwriter and Vocalist, FLORA LUCINI.
A 6- piece Electric band with Percussion, Taking traditional styles of Hardcore-punk rock and mixing them with Rhythms of the African Diaspora.
Flora describes her music as:
"AFRO-PROGRESSIVE HARDCORE."


ALL songs, arrangements and lyrics were written by Flora Lucini.
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Track Name: Welfare
Defaulted to benefit from our enslavement
Generation after generation
Born at the top, held up by our backs
And choosing, to turn the other cheek
THAT’S PRIVILEGE

To inhabit your skin without fear
To inhabit your body without shame
To love who you want, to walk at night alone,
To be standing on the outside looking in
THAT’S PRIVILEGE

Chorus:
Welfare, Welfare!
They built an empire off your backs, off your backs!
Taxing your labor to secure their fortune
With no accountability
Cough up that restitution
Make you pay your debt to me

To navigate the spaces we’re not allowed to roam
Blind to exclusion you’ll never have to know
Dismantle the whole thing or nothing will change
Cuz the system was built to protect
YOUR PRIVILEGE

Repeat Chorus

The Safety of your fragility
Is priority
In this war
Against poor bodies and minorities
In this war
Against womxn and the not so binary
In this war against all black bodies
Fighting globally

THERE’S NO PEACE
Without Justice, Our kids are casualties
From Favela to Palestine
All our Mothers weep
From Plantation To President
Still the same story
From the Classroom
To prison cell Is the new chattel slavery

Repeat chorus
Track Name: Filha Da Luta
Guerrera sem remorso
O sistema mata, um sistema morto
Sangue do meu povo
Nas suas mãos e nos seus bolsos

Um grito que vem da lua
Chamando o povo pra recuperar
O que foi roubado
Da natureza e dos nossos ancestrais

Filha da luta!
tomar de volto o que é nosso, Não vamos esperar
Filha da luta!
A vitória é nossa, eu nunca vou parar
(Repete)

Construído pelos ossos das costas das nossas avós
Construido pelos ossos das costas dos nossos avôs

TRANSLATION

Verses
A Warrior without remorse
The system kills, a system dead
The blood of my people
in your pockets and on your hands

Screaming from the moon
A call for the people to recover
all that was stolen
from nature and from our ancestors

Chorus: DAUGHTER OF THE FIGHT
Taking back what's ours, we will not wait
DAUGHTER OF THE FIGHT
Victory is ours, I will never stop

repeat

Built by the bones from the backs of our grandmothers
Built by the bones from the backs of our grandfathers
Track Name: Not Your Exotic
Don’t wanna be your exotic
Your necrotic erotic
All that’s beautiful is dead to you

Fuck your sense of “Otherness”
You’ve tagged on to my face
My magic is sacred, I will refuse

Not for your seduction
On display in despair
Respect my autonomy
Don’t touch my hair!

Make no trophy of me or what’s below my waist
Not your exotic not your, erotic
Trapped in your Violence, I want out of this cage
Not your exotic not your, Erotic


Not your voodoo princess
Your queen of darkness
Or sassy black girl with an attitude

Fuck your misogynistic, sexist, violent,
Racist fetish, let’s tell the truth

It’s pathological
It’s predatory
Caging us like animals
In a zoo

Repeat chorus


Not your exotic
Not your erotic

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