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Alapala (The myth of Shango)
Gilberto Gil
Carol Rogers

Aganju, Shango
Alapala, Alapala, Alapala
Shango, Aganju

A little boy, the age of three
He asked about his family tree:
"Oh, father, who is my grand papa?"

The father said: "My boy, grandpa is dead
And right before he died
He told me who was my grandpapa

"My grandpapa, your grandpapa’s
Daddy was born in Africa
A king, a tribal king Yoruba

"So you, my boy, you’ve got to be
Yourself a little new Shango"
Oh, Aganju, baba Alapala

Aganju, Shango
Alapala, Alapala, Alapala
Shango, Aganju

Alapala, egun, spirit of the family man
Ancestral soul of our tribe until this day
The tribe of Aganju-Shango, an axe is in his hand
His lightning axe could strike the sky above
And make the sound of crashing thunders threaten God
And that is why Shango became a God himself
And that is why you should be proud, my boy

© Gege Edições / Preta Music (EUA & Canada)

Ficha técnica da faixa:
voz e violão - Gilberto Gil
percussão - Gilberto Gil
piano Rhodes - Don Grusin
percussão - Sérgio Mendes
sintetizador - Sérgio Mendes
bateria - Alex Acuna
vocal - Gracinha Leporace, Carol Rogers, Marietta Waters
baixo - Abraham Laboriel
guitarra - Michael Sembello
percussão - Roberto da Silva, Laudir de Oliveira
congas - Laudir de Oliveira

[ Babá Alapalá, de Gilberto Gil ]
Outras gravações:
"Nightingale", Gilberto gil, Warner Music 1979