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SOUNDTRACK: Xander in Africa — Alegria

Welcome to Disc Two of my Xander in Africa soundtrack, Xander in Africa: Alegria.

Again, I grant you (very readily) that not all songs are from Africa, but this CD is chock full of world music. I've posted translations for the lyrics whenever possible, but, alas, there are five tracks that remain untranslated. I did my best, but all my Google-fu skills over the past 10 months have come to naught. Truthfully, 10 months ago, the number of untranslated songs was a lot higher.

The songs on this CD are, in general, a lot more upbeat and, in some cases, downright playful, than the track selection on Disc One to reflect the generally more upbeat emotional design.

The CD opens by carrying on the more meditative sound of the first CD, even if the lyrics are notably more upbeat. [Interesting side note: the Gayatri Mantra is believed to be the oldest known mantra. Fans of the new Battlestar Galactica series will recognize it from the miniseries.] This is to reflect Xander beginning to let go of past baggage and learning to be comfortable in his own skin as he operates on his own.

The middle leg of the CD reflects a crisis that interrupts this happy interlude, one big enough that Xander and his allies have to fight it. It ends in victory, but as everyone celebrates around him, Xander himself has too much experience to really enjoy it since he knows there's always another battle.

The ending leg should (hopefully) illustrates Xander continuing with his work in Africa, but as the network and Slayers gain more confidence and experience, he begins to feel the tug back home to his friends. The overall arc ends with several Slayers accompanying Xander back to London where his friends are waiting for him.

Heh. Even in a soundtrack, I can't resist a happy ending.

Once more, applause for whiskyinmind who designed the gorgeous cover art for discs one and two.

Opens in new window: (Disc One: Xander in Africa — World on Fire)







Xander in Africa: Alegria

1. Gayatri Mantra from The Essence
Deva Premal
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For the full meaning, read this article from the Times of India

Translation (very rough):
O Lord, direct our intellect and understanding towards Thee.
Be kind to us so that your love can grow in our hearts,
And we find you are always with us



2. Storms in Africa, Part 2 from Watermark
Enya
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Rains wash the earth away
Dark skies fall down
Into another day.
Rains have now come
From storms in Africa
Time will go on
Through storms in Africa.



3. Rules of Travel from The Rules of Travel
Rosanne Cash
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Now that you've made your mistake.
Now that you know how the heart bends and breaks.
Just throw away the book, and take a second look,
A guided tour
Of what we came here for.



4. Uzak from Karma
Tarkan
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Translation:
From those offended by friendly remarks,
From those who freeze up from their own suspicions,
From those who seem friends to their enemies,
Keep away from me, far away!



5. Halla Halla from Talakik
Hakim
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No translation available.


6. Kikirikiki (The Chicken Song) from Mama Africa: The Very Best of Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
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No translation available.


7. The Lioness Hunt from The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast)
Lebo M.
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Translation:
Hunting,
We are going hunting.
Let us go and hunt.



8. Shofc Ya Albi from Talakik
Hakim
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No translation available. All I can tell you is that "Ya Albi" means "My Heart."


9. Tas from Karma
Tarkan
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Translation:
Nowhere can you go so fearlessly.
I will search and find your trace,
You know I'm completely crazy.
I'll utterly destroy everything, I'll come after you
I'll be a stone on your roads,
You'll trip and fall.



10. Place of No Return (In Zaire) from Place of No Return (In Zaire), Single
Reamonn
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Feel the sun upon your face.
Who has led us to this place?
Feel the ground beneath you burn,
In this place of no return
In Zaire.
On this ground they came to fight.
What would pass would change their lives.
One would stand and one would fall.
He who stood would take it all,
In Zaire.



11. Alexander the Great from Born
Bond
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Instrumental.


12. Forever After from Chimera
Delerium featuring Sultana
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Translation:
Whether life is too short
Or life is too long
I don't have the answers,
But I wish I knew less.
'Cause sometimes life
Is a sad happiness.



13. Mama from Mondo Platinum Sampler
Khadja Nin
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No translation available.


14. Sisters from Beyond Words
Bobby McFerrin
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No translation available.


15. One by One from The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast)
Lebo M.
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Translation:
We can see
They wanted to hold
Us back.
They will not succeed.
We will win.
They will not succeed.
We will win
Because
We know who we are.



16. Persistance of Memory from Volume 3: Further in Time
Afro Celt Sound System
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When I’m out here on my own
And it all cuts through me
I see you’re safe alone
Ah, then it hits me
And I know, you’re here in this moment
Right where it’s flowing
You are what you want to be.



17. Aicha from Sahra
Khaled
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Translation:
I would speak words of poetry
I would play the music of the heavens
I would take the rays of the sun
To light up your regal eyes.



18. Alegria from Alegria (Original Cast Soundtrack)
Cirque du Soleil
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Alegria.
I see a spark of life shining.
Alegria.
I hear a young minstrel sing.
Alegria.
Beautiful roaring scream
Of joy and sorrow, so extreme.
There is a love in me raging.
Alegria
A joyous, magical feeling.



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