‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ Day: Do you remember the 21st night of September?

‘Ba de ya’ – Today’s date was immortalised when Earth, Wind & Fire released ‘September’ on 18 November 1978. Here’s more on the meaning of the iconic song:

‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ Day: Do you remember the 21st night of September?

September by Earth, Wind & Fire was released nearly 43 years ago in 1978 and yet it remains one of the most recognisable songs around the world. The iconic question “Do you remember the 21st night of September” catapulted the track into becoming the legendary band’s greatest hit.

It is provocative but what does it mean? Co-songwriter Allee Willis its meaning explained to NPR, in the US.

WILLIS TELLS THE STORY OF SEPTEMBER

Willis said the story of the song began in 1978 when she was a struggling songwriter in Los Angeles. One night, the late Maurice White (1941-2016) – the frontman of Earth, Wind & Fire – called her up and offered her the chance of a lifetime – co-writing their next album.

The next day, Willis arrived in the studio and the band was working on September. They had just finished the intro and Wills described it as “…obviously the happiest-sounding song in the world” to NPR. She was eager to get to work and took a month to write the song over a progression composed by White and guitarist Al McKay.

Willis said she imagined images of clear skies and grooving under the stars but something about the lyrics bugged her. She told NPR she prefers songs that tell stories and at the time, a particular line in September was gibberish and too simplistic for her.

She was, of course, referring to the “Ba de ya” line White used in the chorus of the track. He was reportedly fond of using “made-up words” as go-to phrases in songs. Willis said she questioned whether “Ba de ya” would be changed to “real words” and even begged White to rewrite the lyric during the final vocal session. He refused.

“And finally, when it was so obvious that he was not going to do it, I just said, ‘What the f*** does ‘ba-dee-ya’ mean?’ And he essentially said, ‘Who the f*** cares?'” said Willis to NPR.

She said the experience ended up being her greatest ever songwriting lesson: never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.

As for the “21st of September”, Willis said the band and her went through all the dates – singing from the first until they got to the 21st, which was selected simply because it sounded and felt the best.

“I constantly have people coming up to me and they get so excited to know what the significance was. And there is no significance beyond it just sang better than any of the other dates,” explained Willis. White also repeated this claim when asked to explain the significance of the date.

September was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings because of its cultural and historical importance in 2018.

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‘Land first’: DJ Sbu tells peeps to get land and connect with nature

South African musician DJ Sbu says black people should align with their culture and nature but first focus on getting land.

‘Land first’: DJ Sbu tells peeps to get land and connect with nature

South African musician turned businessman is well known for offering his thousands of followers advice. His most recent advice is directed at black people who he says should start using their mother tongues and getting back the land to connect with nature and travel freely anywhere around the world.

The tweet received a positive reaction from many of his followers

DJ Sbu wants people to fight for their right to land

The issue of equal land distribution in South Africa has been spoken about for a long period of time now and it’s one that Mo’Faya creator DJ Sbu wants people to start taking action.

Taking to his Twitter page on 20 September this year, the former radio host wrote that black people should be allowed to travel anywhere in the world. He encouraged black people to speak their home languages more frequently and get land because land feeds, clothes and shelters.

“Blacks are meant to live anywhere in the world as they wish to like our ancestors did 100s of years ago.”

“The more we are not aligned with our mother tongue and our original connection to nature, the more we are a detriment to ourselves. Our victory lies in uniting and aligning with our culture and nature. Land first. Because land feeds us, it clothes us, heals us, shelters us etc,” he said.

Here’s what Mzansi had to say:

@Lavistolee said:

“Yes, please. Our land so we can “earthed” / “grounded” back to our roots and reconnect with our true selves. Amen abuti, mina ngikuzwile!”

@LASI04341151 said:

“This Land issue must be talked about a lot because a black child continues to suffer. The land gap between blacks and whites is way too much.”

@Mbuyise50660169 said:

“100% correct Sbuda land first.”

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