DREAMER

by Abraham Mwinda

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released January 2, 2017

Production Credits:
2,3,4,8,9,12,14,15 - Yo Alex
5 - Cole Eveland
6 - Zack Messick, Jon Gore (Re-Education Camp)
7 - Yang P beats (SZ-EQUATORIA)
11,19,20 - Carson Childers, Gituamba
10, 18 - Carson Childers, Hekima Ndeemeya
1, 12, 17 - Carson Childers
16 - Kayla Bland
21 - Jason Groves

Photography by Megan Jones

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Track Name: Intro (ft Sam The Beatboxer)
Intro: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Its been a long time coming
I took my music back to school, its been a long time learning
How to turn my pen to a brush
paint the world love with every verse
Its been a long time coming
I took my music back to school, its been a long time learning
See I pour my heart, this is more than music;
more than a work of art, please don't confuse it
Track Name: Love Come Alive
Love come alive: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Chorus
From the deepest sea
To the highest mountain peak
Let love come alive, let love come alive
From the north to the southern streets
From the west to the east
Let love come alive, let love come alive

Verse 1
I refuse to give up hope
And I choose to never stop
Dreaming about a world
Where every boy and girl, feels safe and loved

I refuse to give up hope
And I choose to never stop
Dreaming about a day
When the human race, finds its way back to love

Chorus
From the deepest sea
To the highest mountain peak
Let love come alive, let love come alive
From the north to the southern streets
From the west to the east
Let love come alive, let love come alive

Verse 2
Nakataa kukata tamaa
Nachagua, kuamua
Kuota ndoto juu ya dunia
Ambapo watoto, wataishi kwa amani na upendo

Nakataa kukata tamaa, kukata tamaa
Nachagua, kuamua
Kuota ndoto juu ya dunia
Wakubwa kwa wadogo, sisi site tutarejelea upendo

Bridge
Where there is love there is peace
Where there is love there is justice
Care for me care for you
Care for all us too
Pendo ndio tunahitaji *2
Love is all that we need*2
Track Name: La familia
La familia: Wrtitten by Abraham Mwinda

Verse 1
Mama wipe your tears please don't you cry
I know you're filled with fear that I'm saying goodbye
But you know I have to go and find us a better life someday
Brothers and sisters please dry your eyes
When I get to America I promise I will try
To Facebook and Twitter you all the time I say
Daddy ohh please don't you frown
You know you raised me well and I'm not going to let you down

Pre-Chorus
One day I will make you proud of me
I will make you sing songs of triumph and victory
see my plan is to always put a smile on your face
Because you deserve nothing less from me, I love you my family

Chorus
La familia you are my inspiration
La familia you are my motivation
All that I am and everything I hope to be
I owe to you, family

Verse 2
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
All I have is a dream and song deep inside,
remember me every-time you're on your knees with your hands to the sky; to pray
Though I know not what tomorrow will bring
I will keep my faith hope is the song I will sing
And I will put on my dancing shoes and move to the rhythm that life plays
With every breath I take and every move Make
You will always be in my heart and mind never to forget

Pre-chorus
One day I will make you proud of me
I will make you sing songs of triumph and victory
Because my plan is to always put a smile on your face
Because you deserve nothing less from me, I love you my family

Chorus
La familia you are my inspiration
La familia you are my motivation
All that I am and everything I hope to be
I owe to you, family

Minabapenda
Minabapendaka
Minabapendaka sana...
Track Name: Revolution (with Jessica McKenney)
Revolution: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Just like the fish need the sea
and just like the birds need the air to fly free ooh
You and I, you and I need each other
so let us put aside all religion and color
because we are one people
and yes we are all equal

Revolution
It starts with you and me (yes it starts with you and me)
And all this pollution
It can end with you and me (yes it can end with you and me)
If we only come together
If we only come together as one
Track Name: Cold World
Cold world: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Verse 1
This heart of mine, could be better but I guess that it’s doing just fine
Could this be a sign, that I was meant for more than what I perceive on my mind?
Somebody once told me, it’s a cold world that we're living in
It’s been like that from the beginning
But I just can’t get myself to see, that this' how it should be
And every night I go to bed, with a million questions on my head
Hoping that I would find some answers deep within

Chorus
I can I can change the world
You can you can change the world
We can we can change the world
But when things are going wrong we just get too comfortable
I guess that’s why the world, will always be cold

Verse 2
There is a little boy
Going to bed tonight destroyed
he keeps asking why, why, did daddy have to die?
And why does mummy have to cry every night?
Tell me why, is the world so cruel?
And when he opens up the door
there is no reason to smile outside

Chorus
I can, I can change the world
You can you can change the world
We can we can change the world
But when things are going wrong we just get too comfortable
I guess that’s why the world, will always be cold

Bridge
Aaah, do we really have to go to war?
Tell me what are we fighting for?
Aaah, just how many more
will have to lose their life before
we realize that love is the cheapest price to pay?
love is the way, love is the way
Track Name: Voice for the voiceless (ft Re-Education Camp)
Voice for the voiceless: Written by Abraham Mwinda and Jon Gore
Verse 1
Enough with the words spoken, spoken everyday but we don't mean them no way; we don't mean a word we say
Enough with the scripts written, written for us to play, but its all just a game, a game of lets pretend eh

aah the world is crying, the world is dying
yee and all we do is stand aside and look
uuh children are crying and mothers are dying in the world somewhere
Don't you think its time that we stand up for them too

Chorus
We can be a voice for the voiceless
We can be a future for the hopeless
We can shine a light in the darkness
We can be love where there's hatred

Verse 2
Devil got us delirious, puttin’ the fear in us
They say, “Send your huddled masses, ‘less it’s Syria’s
Don’t appear to be peers to us, huh, they’re lookin’ weird to us
So we can’t be too serious about bringin’ them near to us”
Got me furious, I’m curious where’s the love in your soul?
That listens to girls bought and sold at Superbowls?
And the heartbreak of the homeless when they’re out in the cold?
Cries of unwanted/disposed, the youngest and old
--Fight for the-- right to life, not just up to your first breath
But life from God’s light to last breath at your death
For the young mama, lost her man, got none left
Except four kids, a mortgage and that hole in her chest
--For the--- lonely, depressed who don’t ever feel blessed
The addicted and oppressed who don’t get any rest
We’re unified for those alive and Most High above
Walk the walk with BLM and Standing Rock, one love

Chorus
We can be a voice for the voiceless
We can be a future for the hopeless
We can shine a light in the darkness
We can be love where there's hatred

Bridge/Verse 3
Mandela yoyo Nelson Mandela eh
things are not the same as you left them, when you went away (when you went away)
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King,
pray for us that maybe freedom will ring
across the nation
and there shall be no more discrimination


Chorus
We can be a voice for the voiceless
We can be a future for the hopeless
We can shine a light in the darkness
We can be love where there's hatred
Track Name: One In A Million (Africa)
One in a million: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Intro
Mambo vipi? Mambo shwari
Tuko fiti, tuko Nare eh
mzeiya tumetoka mbali
Na bado tunazidi bado tunazidi *2

Ayayaya we never say never eh
Got the heart of a lion
And our eyes on Zion *2

Chorus
Afrika we are we are one in a million
One in a million
Yes we are we are one in a million
Eh eh
Full of beauty and splendor
No retreat no surrender
Afrika we are we are one in a million
One in a million

Verse 1
I Wake up in the morning to the birds singing
I breath the fresh air what a wonderful feeling
So I take a minute to appreciate, another day in the motherland
Captivated by the golden sky
These streets will make you feel alive Everywhere you go there's positive vibes
Ain't nobody got time for bad mind
They're trying to box us, but we ain't never fitting in, we ain't never fitting in
Above expectations oh yes we'll keep on rising beyond the horizon
Don't believe everything you see on TV
Get up your seat hey man pay visit
Don't get it twisted there's so much more
To Africa than poverty disease and war

Verse 2
Jambo sana Mabibi mabwana
Africa yetu hakuna matata
Welcome to the land of Mandela
Where dreams become reality
54 countries one continent rich in culture and diversity
Let the beautiful sunset take your breath away
I say we got it all
From the oil to the gold to the diamond
The soil is rich with every mineral
We got the elephant, the zebra, the lion of the jungle,
basically every animal
And the food is tasty, and the fruits so natural
And the music never stops, yes we dance and sing through the struggle ,
we sing through the struggle
Track Name: Forever
Some people say you're not real
But I know that's not real
'cause when I got on my knees to pray you answered me
In the midst of my suffering, my pain and my misery
Still I felt your peace rest upon me
I would not be here today without your love; yes it carried me when I could not get up
And even when I lost my faith stumbled in the dark; You never gave up on me, you light my path - that's why

As for me and my house we'l give you praise
Let all that I am sing your praises
Forever*4

When I put 2 & 2 together
it still doesn't add up to how I got here
And when I look in the mirror
I'm not the person I used to be; and its clear to see
That I did not make it here on my own
Without you I'd be dead and gone
Sweet Jesus, when I think about your goodness to me
All I wanna do is dance and sing, dance and sing forever


As for me and my house we'l give you praise
Let all that I am sing your praises
Forever*4

Ngolu nayo (Oh Yesu eh)
Ngolu nayo (tika nasanjola yo)
Ngolu nayo ekoki pona nga (eleki na diamant)
Ngolu na yo (wolo na palata)
Ngolu nayo (yo obongi na kembo) ekoki pona nga

Nzambe na bokasi
natondi yo matondi pona manso yosaleli nga, yo osaleli nga
Soki yo te papa, mbele nakufaki kala eh
Napesi yo motema nanga, Yo obongi na masanjoli yaya


As for me and my house we'l give you praise
Let all that I am sing your praises
Forever*4
Track Name: Waves (with DEAR)
Waves - Written by Abraham Mwinda, DeMarko Murphy, Eileen Doan & Ryan Montgomery

I wake up in the morning the sun is shining bright
I am stretching and I'm yawning 'cause I'm feeling alright - ye
And so I whisper a prayer and sing withe birds of the air
I swear today I'm all about the good vibes

Just like the waves
Just like the waves
Let all the goodness in life come rushing my way

nanananana eh eh
(come rushing my way)

I step out of my apartment, into the morning sun
Sure my life could use improvement, but the day's only begun
So many smiles on the teeth, of every soul that I meet
Every one just want to have fun

Just like the waves
Just like the waves
Let all the goodness in life come rushing my way

nanananana eh eh
(come rushing my way)

(guitar break)

As sparks fly up to the sky and ashes fall back to the ground
I know my life will be just fine, with all my friends here safe and sound
They say that home is where there's heart
and this heart is where we are
And this love is flowing far; just like the waves

Just like the waves
Just like the waves
Let all the goodness in life come rushing my way

nanananana eh eh
(come rushing my way)
Track Name: There is Hope (ft. Hekima)
There is Hope - Written by Abraham Mwinda and Hekima Ndeemeya

Verse 1
Its Still fresh in my brain I was nine years old
When we slept in the streets in the night so cold
I Prayed to God for a better day to come quick
Mama said never give up never call quit
God's got a plan God still cares
I know it's hard to understand and believe he's still there
When it feels like the world is crushing down on us
There's a reason for the season and it ain't gonna last
No matter the pain his Grace is enough
Someday we'll look back and we'll laugh
With the faith of a mustard seed you can move mountains
In the desert watch the waters come rising from the fountains
because God is able ain't nothing he can't do
He can work miracles , in his timing he'll through
Fast forward, so many years have passed
I can tell you for sure, he answered much more than we asked

Chorus
There is Hope
As long as you're alive and you trust in God

Verse 2
I used to be the kid who wished he disappeared/
If that was the only way I'd be free from the fear/
The pain and misery yeah I've had my share/
Believe them when they tell you there's power in prayer/
Because Without God's grace man, I wouldn't be here/
I was hopeless he changed my atmosphere/
Gave me a new song now I dance to a different beat/
never felt so alive cruising down the streets/
There's a light, at the end of the tunnel/
Weeping endures for the night , joy comes in the morning/
Hold tight, stand firm in the promise/
He's alive, even when it don't seem in the moment

Bridge/Outro
Mungu ni mwaminifu, ahadi zake hazibadiliki
yeye ni mwanzo mwisho, jana leo hata milele
na tukimuita, yeye anaitika
anasema njooni nyote
wenye mizigo ntawapumzisha
Track Name: Same Shoes
Same shoes: Written by Abraham Mwinda

Verse 1
His father never liked him and he knew it all along
His mother was ashamed to call him son
They never held his hand in public they never showered him with love
So he grew up believing that something's wrong with him
and that's just how life goes

He had a tough time making friends
Never seemed to quite fit in
Nobody seemed to understand
they all just made fun of him
They never tried to give him a chance-no, and take the time to know him
So he grew up feeling like a mistake
Every night he cried himself to sleep

Chorus
It could have been you it could have been me
Walking in the same shoes
We don't get to choose our destiny
If we win or lose
Nobody is immune
to a broken heart
Let's not play better than you
to the least of us

Verse 2
She lost her family in war,
to save her life she was forced to flee
Home could never be home no-more even if she wished for it to be-no
So she went looking, for freedom
In foreign countries
But They made her feel like she don't belong,
Made her feel like it's her fault
that she's a refugee

Verse 3
Cut me some slack man, don't you judge/
we can't all be the same, white and black/
see The beauty of a rainbow is that it's got different colors/
that somehow find harmony with one another/
and I think that this
came along with a couple of ingredients/
maybe, a little more
mercy love and grace?/
see the tall can fall the short can stand/
we’re all, prone to pain you gotta understand/
we complement one another/
nobody’s perfect nobody’s better than another man/
we compliment one another/nobody's perfect nobody's better than another "chekidi!"
Track Name: Rainfall
Rainfall: Abraham Mwinda

She's like a nightmare in heaven
Her blessing is a curse
She's clothed in gold and diamond
Yet doesn't live up to her worth
Her beauty has brought her nothing but the ugliest pain
Desperately I can hear her crying let the rain fall 'and

Wash away the pain wash away the bitter memories
Wash away the hate wash away all the misery
Wash away the tears wash away the long years
She's lived in fear

Yesterday is gone but the memories remain
Pain is the color of the blood the flows in her veins
She's got scars on her body flashes on her brain
Constantly reminding her of how they had her chained
And desperately, I can hear her crying let the rain fall 'and

Wash away the pain wash away the bitter memories
Wash away the hate wash away all the misery
Wash away the tears wash away the long years
She's lived in fear

She's in need of your grace
She's in need of your power
Open up the heaven gates and let it shower
Shower down your mercy on her
Track Name: What if? (ft Hekima)
What if? Written by Abraham Mwinda
Co-written by Hekima Ndeemeya

What if you were me and I were you
Would you look at me the same way that you do now
Would you love me more or would you love me less
Would you care for me would you neglect?
What if you were me and I were you
Would it matter more to you how I feel now
Would you lend a helping hand when I'm in need
Or would you choose to give me that cold shoulder?

Aaaah ah ah ah ah
If you treat me like you want me to treat you
Love me like you want to be loved too
Care for me like you want me to care the world would be a better place anytime anywhere

Imagine a world, where our senses are connected
Nobody would ever feel neglected
Because your pain would be my pain and your gain would be my gain
And when you're hungry i'll be hungry when you're thirsty il be thirsty
And I will not hesitate to come for your rescue

Aaaah ah ah ah ah
If you treat me like you want me to treat you
Love me like you want to be loved too
Care for me like you want me to care the world would be a better place anytime anywhere
Track Name: Beauty (ft Kari Lauren & O.Z Livin)
Beauty - Written by Abraham Mwinda, Kari Lauren & Zachary "O.Z. LIVIN" Hetman.

Lord I've lost my way
Who have I become?
Kept pushing you away
Like you weren't enough
Blinded by my shame
Stumbling in the dark
You re-ignite the flame
burning in my heart

You make beauty out of my imperfection
Yeah you guide me when I lose direction
When fear is raining down on me
and the waves are all I see
Its your love that leads me home

My strength and my redeemer
My God You got a new believer
Even after all those nights I didn't please ya
You still loved me My God I need ya
Half way to hell Satan tug a war my soul
Stuck in the abyss My body paying the toll
Gods presence I felt Even then I didn't know
His power and his means Coming down to take control
Laying in my filth The rocky bottom of a pit
Eaten by my own waste I threw it up and quit
Gave you my remains,
Destruction, Disgust and the stains
My God Transformed me to new things
Just when I thought I couldn't take it anymore
My God Your lovely light lit up a new door
My God shattered every chain that held me on the floor
My strength and my redeemer Got new things for us in store

You make beauty out of my imperfection
Yeah you guide me when I lose direction
When fear is raining down on me
and the waves are all I see
Its your love that leads me home

Where would I be?
Without your love; you're always looking out for me
Ooh Jesus You're all I ever needed
Every second every day I know that you are here to stay

You make beauty out of my imperfection
Yeah you guide me when I lose direction
When fear is raining down on me
and the waves are all I see
Its your love that leads me home
Track Name: Yelele (ft Kayla Bland)
Yelele - Written by Abraham Mwinda

Sweet child
Close your eyes
its a wild world out there tonight
Sweet child
sleep till the morning light
when the golden sun dances up in the sky

Yelele, Yelele, Yelele

And we'll join the birds in songs of praise
Celebrate and rejoice in the birth of a new day (new day)
And we'll move together with the flowers in the field
And dance to the rhythm, dance to the rhythm of the blowing wind
(to the rhythm of the blowing wind)

Yelele, Yelele, Yelele
Track Name: Dreamer
Dreamer: Written by Abraham Mwinda
Co-Written by Hekima Ndeemeya

Nina ndoto, inaniweka macho kucha kutwa
Inanipa changamoto, na tumaini siku njema inakuja
Waliniambia maono bila matendo imekufa
Kama ndoto itatimia, sharti Amka Mashati kunja

I'm a dreamer*2 and my dreams keep me awake I can't afford to close my eyes
I'm a dreamer*2 I have a dream morning will come and all my dreams will come alive

Maisha Ni mdogo mdogo, Haba na Haba hujaza kibaba
Ata kama mwendo Ni wa konono, bora kufika na ufike salama
Waliniambia maono bila matendo imekufa
Kama ndoto itatimia sharti Amka Mashati kunja

I'm a dreamer*2 and my dreams keep me awake I can't afford to close my eyes
I'm a dreamer*2 I have a dream morning will come and all my dreams will come alive

Life is tough the road is rough
So many times you feel like giving up
But listen well son the dream that you have is the strength you need to keep keeping on.
So never ever blow it off
Keep it burning no matter what
Fix your eyes on the prize and the prize on your eyes
And the limit forever be the skies
Track Name: Smile
Smile: Written by Abraham Mwinda

It's not a normal thing to be alive,
It's not normal waking up every morning
We fall asleep every night, but another day is not promised
Now every time, I feel like I'm not blessed
I'll close my eyes and take a deep breath

I choose to be happy I choose to smile
I choose to never worry I choose to never mind
About the things that could have been or should have been, or what I could have
With life I got more than enough

I woke up today with a smile on my face
Life is too short I got no time for stress
Things could be better but they could be worse
So I enjoy every minute like it’s my last
I refuse to waste my time wishing
I'd I've got what I don't don't got
Because then I spend my time missing out, on the blessings here right now

I choose to be happy I choose to smile
I choose to never worry I choose to never mind
About the things that could have been or should have been, or what I could have
With life I got more than enough

Now I finally realize (realize) that the best thing in life is life itself
And if I could press rewind (rewind) I would never change a single moment for nothing else
every up-down, joy and struggle
Smile-frown, the Highs and lows
I'm so grateful for them all
Track Name: Mindset
Mindset: Written by Abraham Mwinda

You can do anything you put your mind to
If you believe then you can be and you can live
Life has no other limitation than the one you set in your mind
Both who say they can and they cannot, are usually equally right
Ayaya, ayayaya

What you believe is what you see
And what you see is what you get
Mindset

Your attitude, determines your altitude
And as a man thinks and so he is
So dont you go around thinking down on yourself
My friend please watch your mouth, remember what you confess
You possess
Ayaya, ayayaya

What you believe is what you see
And what you see is what you get
Mindset

Failure, failure and success is nothing but mindset
Failure, failure and success is all in your head
But again, faith without work is death
Still have to be willing to sweat,
For what you want and where you want to get
Track Name: Be yourself
Be yourself: Written by Abraham Mwinda

When I was a little boy my mama told me, this world is a cycle
Boy don’t you go doing people wrong, don’t you go looking for trouble
Because what goes around, comes back around
And whatever goes up must come down, down down
And all that we do under the sun
We will pay for it before, our time is done, done, done


So be quick to forgive, be quick to apologize
Before you speak, stop and think twice
Because the words of your mouth, could mean death or life
And keep your feet to the ground, don’t you be proud
And don’t live a lie; always be yourself


When I was a little boy my daddy told me, the truth will set you free
Boy don’t you go telling people lies, don’t you mess with your integrity
And life is simple, don’t you complicate
And good things come to those who wait
And patience is a virtue, don’t be in a rush
And if anybody hurt you please don’t hold a grudge