Mama Africa (People Got to Hear)

from The Other Side of the Girl by Diana May Clark

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The only cover on the album - the original was a hit in Brazil in the mid-late 90s going world wide via the Putamaya label. Chico Cesar has co-licensed Diana's English lyric (Mama Africa - People Got to Hear) as an official new version.
"Written by Pop Star/Poet/Politician Chico Cesar 1995. This English lyric emerged on a plane in 2009 while touring our Bossa/Jazz trio around Australia. We were in the air on route to Brisbane when the lyric of the final section came together. The rap is my homage to the Afro influence on popular music everywhere. I eventually got to sing this famous Brazilian anthem with the composer in Joao Pessoa, Paraiba (Brazil) in 2013. Recently, Chico and his publishers gave the ok for a co-license on the lyric I wrote, which happily motivated me to record a studio album version (it was also on my live album/DVD Diana Clark Trio released in 2010)."


Written by Chico Cesar and Diana May Clark

África, África, Áfrican Mama

Mama África, been giving all her life

In groove and rhythm

We’re taking everything she’s given, every season

Through war and drought her tears

Renew the tempo of Bahia
 - people got to hear

When this mother goes to work

She sings blues, Oludum reggae, jazz

Mama comes home uninspired

Mama’s just so dog-tired

She is both Mum and Dad

So help her to be gladder, do a little for her

Put your arm around her shoulder

She’s your ma-a-ma

Mama África a minha mãe
É mãe solteira
E tem que fazer mamadeira
Todo dia
Além de trabalhar
Como empacotadeira
Nas casas Bahia

Mama África’s arms
 reach right around the world

Her heartbeat it feeds us all

Uplifting us when we fall

The nectar to our seed

Mama África also needs
 - and if she left us we’d be lost


People got to hear, people got to… [Guitar]…
Mama África, Mama África - gave us Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Reggae music, Samba and Cuban lines
Given it to you… Candomble and voodoo

Been giving all her life, been giving all her life—
Mama África, Mama África, Mama África


from The Other Side of the Girl, released November 15, 2014
Written by Chico Cesar (English lyric Diana May Clark)
Diana May Clark - vocals
Doug de Vries - guitar, b.v.'s and banjo
Al Kerr - drums
Brad Jones - all other sounds

Engineered by Dave McCluney at Atlantis Sound, Melbourne
Mixed by Brad Jones at MindSpring & Alex the Great, Nashville
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master, Nashville Tennessee


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Diana May Clark Melbourne, Australia

Aussie singer/songwriter and Brazilian song interpreter Diana May Clark's new Album 'The Other Side of the Girl' sparkles with film-noir-ripe vocals, cool riff guitar & kicking grooves…DMC's sunny set makes you wanna move!

“An amazing sounding record...every song is an event! Musically, lyrically and rhythmically brilliant and topped off with a voice of sheer delight to the ear.” Charles Jenkins
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