Lala Shishi – explain the song, in Ga. Every week, we shed some light on the meaning of current hits in and out of Ghana: many bangers have an underlying message or social commentary, carried out using sophisticated and ever evolving wordplay – an aspect that is vastly lost in translation. The music videos don’t always unlock the true meaning or intricacies of hit songs, and lyrics alone are not always enough to understand the numerous double entendre and wordplays, so… here we go!
Ghana’s rap heavyweight Sarkodie decides to give free advice on Hand to Mouth, a song produced by Fortune Dane, where Sark raps in Asanti twi, as he generally does. He’s advising the Ghanaian youth to make good use of the little money they get, instead of wasting it trying to mimmick a life of luxury.
M’anbɔ me ho mmɔden koraa no, abrabɔ no deɛ m’atwamu eighty
M’atotɔ nsaase asisi adan, joe m’abɔ bra, nti aka me twenty
Na, twenty no a aka no deɛ hand to mouth, hand to mouth
Twenty no a aka no deɛ hand to mouth, joe! hand to mouth
Sarkodie pokes at young men, ironically saying he’s 80 years old, and has achieved lots in life, so he just has to spend his money.
Tie! Yɛwo wo foforɔ a wo da mu hundred
W’anbɔ bra a w’atwa mu fourteen
Wo de jot ne nsaweɛ bɛka ho a na kyerɛ sɛ w’ate so baako ma n’aka wo thirteen
Wonni kaprɛ da wo ho, wonkɔpɛ wiemfoɔ baa, wo pɛ Matilda Hipsy.. yoo
Kofi Boakye, kakra ba wo ho a tɔ nsaase
Champagne four bottles secure cement bag ɔha, wo te club ɛpaape
Secure w’abrabɔ, cars akɛseɛ monngyae tɔ
ɔbaa, nfa w’ani nto wo kunu so oo, pɛ adwuma yɔ, asugya foɔ mpaebɔ
Wo nya sika a na w’ato foundation, w’atoa so ama n’akɔdu lintel
Wo gyae wo ho na cash no firi wo ho nsa a joe wo bɛyiyi nkrampan sɛ pencil
Kɔ pɛ bank papa bi yɛ investment, UT Bank adwuma sɔ ani
Na wo de ɔbra no yɛ boseabɔ, daa wohyia wɔwɔ a animguaseɛ nso bɛda adi
We have 100 years to live on earth, smoking reduces your age by 13 years, four bottles of champagne can buy five bags of cement. My friend, if you get money try and save it on buying land, investing with UT BANK, stop riding in big cars, you can use those monies to build a house.
ɛnnɛ nɛɛmafoɔ pii nnim nyansa
Monya sika pɛ mo totɔ Range Rover
ɔbɛtotɔ nsaase asisi adan no, ɔbetu afiri fie akɔhyɛ Agboogba
Three bedrooms, kitchen and toilet
W’ato n’adwem mu na wɔagye no two years
Akɛsesɛm ne ayesɛm, mo mbɔ bra papa mo de mo last akɔtam school girls.. yoo
Ebi a wo twi taxi, ebi koraa wo de kube kɔ akyin
Na sɛ ten cedis koraa na ɛda so a mɛnkɔwe apiyo, joe na wo mma enyini
Wo mpenafoɔ yɛ funu a ɛda w’anim fourty
Mɛsan aka no bio, kakra ba wo ho a tɔ nsaase
Lecturer yɛ adwuma na aban betua, w’akatua no ɛnhyɛ nkoraa n’ayaase.. huh!!
Most youth are not sensible, they would rather go and buy a Range Rover, rent a house rather than build their own, they show off and spend money on young girls. Even if you make a profit of 10 Ghana cedis [Ghanaian currency], try and save it, don’t waste your money on parties, secure your future.