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(+LYRICS+MEANING+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- JAPA BY NAIRA MARLEY “DID THE POLICE NOT HAVE IBON (GUN) NI?”

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For a stubborn offender like Naira Marley; I was wondering if

the police did not have a gun. Se won ni ibon ni? (As in don’t they have a gun?). Like seriously, those Police did not actually have guns, if they had one, they would have shot it at the air to put fear in the offender’s heart as well as propel the offender to stop running from being arrested just like Naira Marley was running away from the police on countless occasions in this video.

But wait o, police wey no hold gun na police at all? Just asking though…

 

The word “Japa” means to runaway. It also means to avoid or resist someone or something.

Definition of Japa according to Naira Marley.

Japaing: The act of escaping or avoiding someone or something especially by way of trickery and Yoruba demon wits

E.g. 1. Omo, man is currently japaing from bad vibes

E.g. 2. He japaed from Canada to London and continued japaing.

DERIVATIVES

Japa, Japaing, Japaed, Japable, Japaness, Japation.

Marlians like Naira Marley refers to his fans, you would agree with me and from the picture above that there are three things you would always find in an Naira Marley’s video. They include “Idi” as in a “lady’s ass or ladies’ asses”; alcohol and cannibis…

Moving on, let’s talk about the song Japa by Naira Marley

The song is quite explanatory. It just encourages people never to get caught by those trying to apprehend them for doing something, usually illegal. He tells people to find all means to run away even if it is to another country like he sang in the chorus.

View below…

“Japa japa, omo japa lo London (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to London)
Japa japa, omo ja wo Canada (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to Canada)
Japa japa, se lo ja wo Chicago (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Chicago)
Japa japa, se ja lo si Africa (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Africa)”

I am wondering the moral of this song. To me it has none. It looks to me like Naira Marley was just encouraging offenders to evade arrest at all cost whenever they do anything wrong. He says people should run to any continent where they would not be found by the uniformed men and be taken back to the prison.

For instance, all through the song, he was on the run. He was probably in possession of an illegal item which they wanted to arrest him for but he kept on running from one place to the another. When they finally arrested him, he found a way to japa (escape) again. In essence commit an offence, but run way and never get caught.

“Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop”

What exactly does that “Popo” even mean self? Cannabis? May be! May be not! I know it is something illegal. If you feel you have an idea what it means, kindly share with us via the comment box…thankzzz

The video complements the track because all through the video he was “japaing” as in running away and dodging the police in order not to be arrested. I love his facial expression all through the video. Naira Marley should try acting in movies. The video is quite interesting to watch. The video was shot in London. The song has only one verse. The pre chorus and chorus were taken twice and the bridge once.The artiste sang in pidgin and in Yoruba- A Nigerian language. The song is melodious; the major instruments used in the song include the drum and piano.

Take a gander at the lyrics below

LYRICS TO JAPA BY NAIRA MARLEY

INTRO

Suspect could be Naira Marley.

A call for caution

Suspect is on the run.

Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Popo behind my back

Yo Rexxie on this one.
Marley Naira!

PRE-CHORUS

Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Owo toll-gate yen, owo tollgate yen mi o ni le san (Mi o ni le san) (That tollgate money, that toll gate money; I wont be able to pay it.)
Am on bail, I’m sorry mi o ni le lo (Mi o ni le lo) (I am on bail, sorry, I won’t be able to go)
Am on the run o, catch me if you can (I am on the run, catch me if you can)

CHORUS

Japa japa, omo japa lo London (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to London)
Japa japa, omo ja wo Canada (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to Canada)
Japa japa, se lo ja wo Chicago (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Chicago)
Japa japa, se ja lo si Africa (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Africa)

VERSE 1

Ema pa ina ife okun ganja (They put of the light; I wanna smoke cannabis)
Mofa kese mo fa kasa (I smoke anything a lot)
Olorun ma je ka r’ogun cancer (May Lord not let us suffer cancer)
Some questions dey here, dema have no answer (No answer) (There are some questions that have no answer.)
Some questions dema have no answer (no answer) (There are some questions that have no answer.)
Dema call me phone; me no answer (Me no answer) (They call my phone but I don’t answer)
Way I run the things dem no like that (They don’t like the way I run things)
Dema call it beef, them no fight back (They call it beef, but do not fight back)

Yes am on my way, still hope and pray for better days
Girls wanna know my place, common bring that waist; no time to waste.                                Say she like my voice and she like my face
That’s okay, say she wants the  huun, ride the va va voom voom

PRE-CHORUS

Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Owo toll-gate yen, owo tollgate yen mi o ni le san (Mi o ni le san) (That tollgate money, that toll gate money; I wont be able to pay it.)
Am on bail, I’m sorry mi o ni le lo (Mi o ni le lo) (I am on bail, sorry, I won’t be able to go)
Am on the run o, catch me if you can (I am on the run, catch me if you can)

CHORUS

Japa japa, omo japa lo London (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to London)
Japa japa, omo ja wo Canada (Runaway, runaway, pal, runaway to Canada)
Japa japa, se lo ja wo Chicago (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Chicago)
Japa japa, se ja lo si Africa (Runaway, runaway, pal, ranaway to Africa)

(Suspect is on the run; Naira Marley is on the run)

BRIDGE

Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Gbogbo at my house asking me questions but I ain’t gonna talk
I ain’t gonna talk o, I didn’t see nothing, I don’t know nothing.
Kini emi mo (What do I know)
If you want to fire me, fire me make I ja o
I ain’t going to that station
If you want to fire me, fire me make I ja, ja o
I ain’t going to that station
Kuro n’be (Leave there)

OUTRO

Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Popo behind my back, popo behind my back; and ain’t gonna stop
Popo behind my, po, po, and I ain’t gonna stop.

Japa, hey hey, update!

Japa kini o’n duro de? (Runaway, what are you waiting for?)
Ja japa hey hey, hey hey, hey hey hey
Oh yeah; right now I’m japaing

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG JAPA BY NAIRA MARLEY BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0ok_o_zLCM

DURATION: 3 MINUTES 37 SECONDS

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SHOT AND DIRECTED BY JAY MGNEY

 

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2 thoughts on “(+LYRICS+MEANING+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- JAPA BY NAIRA MARLEY “DID THE POLICE NOT HAVE IBON (GUN) NI?”

    1. Hello Ruby, thanks for sharing your view as well as enlightening other esteemable readers of Ogefash Photo Blog on the song ~Japa by Naira Marley. Keep sharing, we love U #Always

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