Miriam Makeba - “Pata Pata”

The reason that I love music so much, is no matter how bad you are feeling, music can turn everything around for you. You just have to allow it. Granted, it’s hard to do but yo, Music is just like time; it heals. 

Miriam just did that for me. “Pata Pata” got me grooving around like I’m not stressed out. I might play this 50 times before I have to go back and face reality but it’s all good. “Pata Pata” made me feel that way. 

Also, another note: I don’t know what the hell this song is about, I can’t decipher the lyrics. Still, it hits me in a way that most songs with lyrics that I do understand doesn’t hit it me.

It makes me thank about my grandma, bless her heart. One day, when 2Pac’s “Changes” just came out, and the video was on MTV, Grandma was raving about how great of a singer 2Pac was. This was her first time hearing about 2pac or the song and Grandma doesn’t even speak an ounce of English. For 2Pac’s voice to affect like that is really powerful. 

Music has no borders.

Your ears don’t need a language passport to enjoy it. 


“There’s too much money here. Nobody should be hitting lotto for $36 million and we got people starving in the streets. That is not idealistic, that’s just real. […] There’s no way! There’s no way that these people should own planes and there are people that don’t have houses, apartments, shacks, drawers, pants! I know you’re rich, I know you got $40 billion, but can you can keep it to one house? You only need one house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it two rooms? Why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room! It just don’t make sense to me.”

“There’s too much money here. Nobody should be hitting lotto for $36 million and we got people starving in the streets. That is not idealistic, that’s just real. […] There’s no way! There’s no way that these people should own planes and there are people that don’t have houses, apartments, shacks, drawers, pants! I know you’re rich, I know you got $40 billion, but can you can keep it to one house? You only need one house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it two rooms? Why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room! It just don’t make sense to me.”