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Awakening

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I have awoken
I have awoken
My eyelids are a flutter
My ears are attuned to
The orchestra of nature
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As beautiful butterfly lands on my face
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high

Naptali, naptali I ya
Vibrating to my colour
Ecstasy, fertility I’m drawing forth the potency of life
I manifest brilliance to the highest degree of humanity
All streams flow to the sea but it never fills, let us comprend that at our will
I am a nature baby closer to the father, Mother, giver
I’m exploring space that has no pace because I’m timeless
Moving to the rhythmical vibration of space
I have the ability to see with hindsight, foresight, 20/20 vision
Unseen doesn’t mean it’s not real
I’m reuniting the light of inspiration
The subliminal communication of meditation
I’ve followed the line by degrees and I’ve reached the truth
Rejecting the white lies there to confine me
I am recreating my being.
Thirteen
Unlucky for some
Transformation for me

Awake, awakening
No time to be afraid
Awakening

Ife Piankhi

Featured Poem:

Mother to Mother

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The snow landed, soft and silent
Coating Mother Nature with a layer of serene
Night made even quieter as the snow falls
I’m in awe and wonder as I look on mother earth
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother

Like the lotus petals at night my heart was closed
But as the sun arose, slowly the petals of my heart
Began to open.
Strange sensations, new emotions
I recognise the need to share
To be open, to embrace the problems
I put my thinking cap on
Which cap shall I wear today?
I’m an eco warrior with a breastplate of compassion
Dancing in connection as libation pours from heaven
Touching earth, sea and sky
Ife returns for another day of play and then, and then and then…….

The snow landed, soft and silent
Coating Mother Nature with a layer of serene
Night made even quieter as the snow falls
I’m in awe and wonder as I look on mother earth
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother

Don’t race, find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
Don’t race find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure.

We are under siege and out of time
I’m going deep into the struggle for the mind in all its kinds
Because locked inside the chambers of our brain
We are programmed to go insane
Fantasy and fiction its all an illusion
Lucifer’s intension is to blind us with deception
We must break free from manipulation if we are to hear the final call.

Don’t race, find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
Don’t race find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure, endure, endure.

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Biography

Ife Piankhi is a versatile artist whose creativity knows no bounds. An accomplished poet, singer and dancer Ife has collaborated with artists such as Keko, Nneka, Mamoud Guinea, Geoff Wilkinson, Michael Franti, Jonzi D, Wynton Marsalis, Floetry to name but a few.

Ife has toured internationally for the past 22 years visiting Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zanzibar, Zambia, Romania, Italy, Holland, and USA.

Always an inspirational artist whilst living in London she was a regular on Colourful Radio founded by Henry Bonsu. She has been featured in the documentaries 500 years later by Owen Shahadah and Nubian Spirit by Louis Buckley which highlight her knowledge of Nile Valley Civilisations.

Her music and poetry is influenced by African Stories of migration, relocation and the search for identity.

A formidable educator and creative facilitator, Ife fuses her knowledge of Ancient Africa, esoteric teaching and environmentalism with her music/poetry which is a rich blend of jazz, reggae, and soul. Her stage persona is confident, humorous and participatory with the audience always learning something new. This ability to naturally interact with the audience saw her not only collaborate, but MC the concert of International Artist Nneka who made her first visit to Uganda in 2012.

Ife Piankhi is also a social entrepreneur. Seeing the need for different performance platforms for emerging Ugandan artists Ife created Ife’s Fusion Party (Tilapia, Bunga) and Triple C (Kawa Lounge, Nakumatt). She is also resident poet and MC for Poetry in Session the longest running poetry event in Kampala to date.

Ife Piankhi

Biography

Ife Piankhi is a versatile artist whose creativity knows no bounds. An accomplished poet, singer and dancer Ife has collaborated with artists such as Keko, Nneka, Mamoud Guinea, Geoff Wilkinson, Michael Franti, Jonzi D, Wynton Marsalis, Floetry to name but a few.

Ife has toured internationally for the past 22 years visiting Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zanzibar, Zambia, Romania, Italy, Holland, and USA.

Always an inspirational artist whilst living in London she was a regular on Colourful Radio founded by Henry Bonsu. She has been featured in the documentaries 500 years later by Owen Shahadah and Nubian Spirit by Louis Buckley which highlight her knowledge of Nile Valley Civilisations.

Her music and poetry is influenced by African Stories of migration, relocation and the search for identity.

A formidable educator and creative facilitator, Ife fuses her knowledge of Ancient Africa, esoteric teaching and environmentalism with her music/poetry which is a rich blend of jazz, reggae, and soul. Her stage persona is confident, humorous and participatory with the audience always learning something new. This ability to naturally interact with the audience saw her not only collaborate, but MC the concert of International Artist Nneka who made her first visit to Uganda in 2012.

Ife Piankhi is also a social entrepreneur. Seeing the need for different performance platforms for emerging Ugandan artists Ife created Ife’s Fusion Party (Tilapia, Bunga) and Triple C (Kawa Lounge, Nakumatt). She is also resident poet and MC for Poetry in Session the longest running poetry event in Kampala to date.

Awakening

Enlarge poem

I have awoken
I have awoken
My eyelids are a flutter
My ears are attuned to
The orchestra of nature
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As beautiful butterfly lands on my face
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high

Naptali, naptali I ya
Vibrating to my colour
Ecstasy, fertility I’m drawing forth the potency of life
I manifest brilliance to the highest degree of humanity
All streams flow to the sea but it never fills, let us comprend that at our will
I am a nature baby closer to the father, Mother, giver
I’m exploring space that has no pace because I’m timeless
Moving to the rhythmical vibration of space
I have the ability to see with hindsight, foresight, 20/20 vision
Unseen doesn’t mean it’s not real
I’m reuniting the light of inspiration
The subliminal communication of meditation
I’ve followed the line by degrees and I’ve reached the truth
Rejecting the white lies there to confine me
I am recreating my being.
Thirteen
Unlucky for some
Transformation for me

Awake, awakening
No time to be afraid
Awakening

Featured Poem:

Mother to Mother

Enlarge poem

The snow landed, soft and silent
Coating Mother Nature with a layer of serene
Night made even quieter as the snow falls
I’m in awe and wonder as I look on mother earth
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother

Like the lotus petals at night my heart was closed
But as the sun arose, slowly the petals of my heart
Began to open.
Strange sensations, new emotions
I recognise the need to share
To be open, to embrace the problems
I put my thinking cap on
Which cap shall I wear today?
I’m an eco warrior with a breastplate of compassion
Dancing in connection as libation pours from heaven
Touching earth, sea and sky
Ife returns for another day of play and then, and then and then…….

The snow landed, soft and silent
Coating Mother Nature with a layer of serene
Night made even quieter as the snow falls
I’m in awe and wonder as I look on mother earth
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother, I’m in love
Mother to mother

Don’t race, find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
Don’t race find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure.

We are under siege and out of time
I’m going deep into the struggle for the mind in all its kinds
Because locked inside the chambers of our brain
We are programmed to go insane
Fantasy and fiction its all an illusion
Lucifer’s intension is to blind us with deception
We must break free from manipulation if we are to hear the final call.

Don’t race, find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
Don’t race find your pace
Don’t race, don’t race
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure
The race is not for the swiftest but for those who can endure, endure, endure.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (2)
  • Pride (1)
  • Optimism (1)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (1)
  • Inspiration (2)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (1)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (1)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (1)

Awakening

Enlarge poem

I have awoken
I have awoken
My eyelids are a flutter
My ears are attuned to
The orchestra of nature
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As Mother Nature
Runs her fingers through my hair
As beautiful butterfly lands on my face
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high
I wrap myself within the clouds and fly high

Naptali, naptali I ya
Vibrating to my colour
Ecstasy, fertility I’m drawing forth the potency of life
I manifest brilliance to the highest degree of humanity
All streams flow to the sea but it never fills, let us comprend that at our will
I am a nature baby closer to the father, Mother, giver
I’m exploring space that has no pace because I’m timeless
Moving to the rhythmical vibration of space
I have the ability to see with hindsight, foresight, 20/20 vision
Unseen doesn’t mean it’s not real
I’m reuniting the light of inspiration
The subliminal communication of meditation
I’ve followed the line by degrees and I’ve reached the truth
Rejecting the white lies there to confine me
I am recreating my being.
Thirteen
Unlucky for some
Transformation for me

Awake, awakening
No time to be afraid
Awakening

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