MORRO DO KUSSAVA

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He who has gone up and down
Mount Kussava as I have now and have done before
Without a doubt has seen how life today is so very different.
You are no longer as happy you once were

How life nowadays
Is so very different
You no longer possess the beauty
That you once possessed

The world
The world is so beautiful
The world is so beautiful

How life nowadays
Is so very different
You no longer possess the beauty
That you will one day possess again

The world
The world is so beautiful

ló, ló, ló, ló, ló, ló,
ye, ye, ye, ye, ye, ye

Tomorrow will be another day
Of happiness, of beauty

The world
The world is so beautiful
The world is so beautiful
The world: the mountains, the rivers, the oceans, the birds, the stars

description: “Morro do Kussava” [“Mount Kussava”] describes a hill overlooking the city of Nova Lisboa in southern Angola where some of the most ferocious fighting took place during the civil war. One used to approach the city from this hill and see the lights of the city shimmering at night from a distance of twenty kilometers. Now, all that remains of that beautiful sight is darkness. As the song implies, this landscape reminds me that, like the weapons that destroyed the lights of Nova Lisboa, we are everyday becoming more like machines, that there is such a profound lack of love between people and, above all, that beauty once existed in my country. If it once existed, however, I believe it must return. This song, like all of my music, is an inducement to reflect on beauty and positive things.