Shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond
Your eyes are sparkling, I see diamonds through your eyes waiting for me
I juke my eyes through yours Diamonds is all I see
Diamonds is all I see through your eyes, mama Africa, punctuating the existence of me
Your soul is wrapping me, touching every cell in my body
Diamonds is what I see through you, because you are as genuine as diamonds
I mean, diamonds is what you are mama Africa, I love you to death
You shine through the darkness even when the enemy hisses
Uncontrollably shaking vibes interrupting their mass destruction of our people with kisses
Shine bright like a diamond; shine bright like a diamond, through me like a diamond
The darkness is light, so don’t follow the light, for it leads you astray
Turn away, the opposite standing firm and tall
Moving mountains over mountains never attempting to fall
Your darkness hurts my eyes; shine through like a diamond; your success is like a diamond; your life is like a diamond; it’s rare like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond; shine bright like a diamond; shine bright like a diamond
Sitting patiently waiting for you to arrive at “make a difference street”
Should I wait for you to return to me?
Should I wait for to find your way?
I’m begging you mama to heal our wounds
Seal our cries with a smile , and wipe our tears with courage
Stomp your feet with demand, and shackle our love with menace,
For anything and everything that comes in our way will perish….
Respect my people and overstand this message….
You’re smiling at me so deeply, sharply, I see it….
Shine bright like a diamond, through me like a diamond, shine hard a diamond, rock hard like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond; shine bright like a diamond
Mama Africa, you’re like an outcast, which makes you outstanding
You shine like a diamond so bold and freely
Continue making history and make your mark
Change is coming
Don’t dim your spark
Now rise up Africa and shine like a diamond
Poem By : Saytue Saye
Note: This poem is copywritten. Do not attempt to copy or distribute or sell this written piece as your own. You can use it only if credited.
Vibrantly listening to Friday Cellphone Man’s album “I Want to Eat My Lay Tin”; for me, I’m feeling my big ma. It makes me feel groovy in my hips and sexy with my waist, as I shake my waist while every beat caresses my bones. Suddenly, I feel the urge to grab a partner and dance with my African Baby. I’m eager to eat my lay tin after the show. Your ma boyfriend la your who? I laugh as I know there isn’t an answer to that, a never ending answer that runs right back to equal love. Sitting silently thinking in my head, “damn, he sounds sensual and pleasing”. Making love to his voice in Bydeo, it’s all mental. Closing my eyes enjoying every sound, melody, and beat, for me, the album gets a 6.5 from me.
As I poetically transcribe my own thoughts about L.I.B’s legend Friday Cellphone Man new album, certainly, your perspective may differ. Excelling and taking it all in, as I know that change is great. However, I know for sure that for some change is not so great. Let me explain!
Just like death, people take it hard at first whenever a legendary human being changes. When it comes to Liberia’s top traditional artist, Friday Cellphone Man, everyone knows him to speak Grebo and four other languages. No doubt, he is truly authentic in his work; with the passion and love he has for music and his country Liberia, anyone is able to feel the electricity in all his performances, whether it is jumping through the ring, beating drums, dancing, and singing. Yes, he is prime example of an entertainer and musician. Proof of that is in his songs like Biggest Mistake, Teldewene, Monrovia Young Geh, Play Your Low, amongst others. Nobody in Liberia even comes close to creating the kind of music that Friday Cellphone Man creates. The man is a genius.
Rewinding Back to the Beginning
When Friday Cellphone Man first started his music career, he was dancing with numerous culture troops before venturing into singing. He definitely started from the bottom. His dream of becoming someone one day was the single thing that kept him above water. His dancing and singing is why he is what he is today. Specifically creating music for the youth, adults and people of all the nation is why anyone can vibe and enjoy his work of art. When Friday Cellphone Man first started out, he spoke his dialect in almost all of his songs. The country people love it, and that’s what makes him stand out aside from his amazing dancing and energy.
Fast Forward to Eating Your Lay Tin
Now that his first stage is over and the legendary artist has launched his first album in the United States since he left Liberia in 2012, it is said by CLiberiaClearly.com that his album is “simply a disappointment”. Because CLiberiaClearly is one of the most influential Liberian blogs on the net, most of everyone that follow the blog quickly found out about his launch.
Though Berenice Mulubah, the writer behind CLiberiaClearly made her negative remark about the album, honestly speaking, I appreciate her for purchasing the album and supporting Friday Cellphone Man. This is what support is all about. The album being a disappointment is indeed her personal opinion, however, when I see Liberians criticize the album as being “weak” without buying and listening to the entire album themselves lets me know how much of a fake supporter they are. If I’m wrong for saying that, then let it be. I just call it how I see it.
Change is painful, especially when you’re used to doing things the same way. Friday Cellphone Man’s album, “I Want to Eat My Lay Tin”, may be a hard pill to swallow, because he is growing, excelling, and reaching for something bigger than his country. And in order to do that, he must be able to touch the world. Let me give you an example. When Beyonce was a part of the group Destiny’s Child, nobody thought she would be the Beyonce she is today. After leaving the group, I’m pretty sure a lot of people were upset. However, she came out with “Crazy in Love” featuring Jay Z, and everyone went nuts, right? Thing is, as an artist, not every single song is going to be a hit, and more than likely, maybe three of four songs if that are going to be great. It’s the same thing with “I Want to Eat My Lay Tin”. Only difference is that the marketing is different and the sound is different. The marketing is different because all of the radio stations are not playing his songs consistently for you to get use to them and like it. Think about it. African beats were never popular until recently, so I can guarantee that the beats on the album are totally relevant. The songs on the album may not be the same kind of songs you’re used to hearing Friday Cellphone Man sing, but the change is definitely worth it. It’s part of growth.
See for yourself what this legend has to offer and tell it how you feel it after buying and listening to it.
Do you have extra time? Listen to a private interview I did with Friday Cellphone Man last year.
Disrespecting your parents will make your life go down hill. You’ll be wondering why your life is going so bad. A few years ago, I had to reevaluate my life and how I talked to people, especially my parents. One day, I made a promise to never disrespect my parents. I cried so hard to God telling him how sorry I was and how I felt. And each time I disrespected my parents, I’d cry harder asking God to allow me to be respectful of my parents and how it was a struggle to not express myself the way I wanted. In the event of my life changing experience, I realized that it wasn’t what I was saying to my parents, but how I was saying it to them that caused all of the confusion. Ever since I found out the secret to expressing myself how I want to toward my parents, my life has changed for the better. Who would’ve ever known that I blocked every single last of my blessings just by disrespecting my parents and not listening to them.