i am re-posting this track, a collaboration by my friend, kiwi, francis magalona and the equally talented gloc9 as a tribute to the pinoy king of rap and one of the few progressive and patriotic artists in the local music industry.
kiwi meant to finish the track in time for last year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) rally, hence the song mainly being about the ZTE controversy. the song never made it to the SONA protest program but it’s one of francis m’s last, albeit less popular (and commercial), collaborative efforts that’s worth praise. here’s francis m’s verse in the song (and the rough translation i did for kiwi a few months back):
Ano ang nangyayari ba’t nagtuturuan? Pati magkukumpare ay biglang nagduduruan/ What’s happening, why are fingers being pointed? Even compadres are suddenly blaming each other?
Tunay na kulay at ugali lumabas sa ilan, katotohanan na sinabi lumabas sa ilong/ True colors and attitudes exposed by some, the truth they declared coming out of their noses.
Pati senado ay sumali kaya’t ganado silang magtasa ng mga tari akala mo sabungan/ Even the senate joined in so they’re now eagerly sharpening their tari (cock weapon) as if gearing for cock fights
Bawat manok may pag-aari at nag-gigirian, lahat nagbabakasakali na sila’y pakinggan/ Each rooster is owned/owning something (?) and fighting against each other, all hoping for the chance to be heard
Sa radyo at telebisyon sila ay starring ngayon, mga umaasta na hari ay alipin nalang/ In the radio and television they are starring today, those acting like kings are now mere slaves
Ang agila at ang lawin ay naging sisiw bigla ang dating nasa ilalaim kay tayog na ng lipad/ The eagle and falcon suddenly became chicks, the former underling soars the highest now
Sumasayaw sa hangin at abot-kamay ang ulap, mundo ng lupa at langit ay pawang nabaliktad/ Dancing in the wind and the clouds at arms-reach, their world of land and heaven turned upside down
Binitawang salita laman ng pahayagan, abangan at pagmasdan ang mga pahina niyan/ dahil sa pera…/ The words they said are in the papers, watch out and observe the pages/because of money…