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Malama Ka 'Aina

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    Drawing strongly from Reggae’s mixture of joyful, danceable rhythms and socially conscious vibes, the latest album from Vancouver’s Buckman Coe is a gorgeous and downright infectious manifestation of the artist’s spiritual nature and passion for social justice. It is simultaneously his most political album to date and possibly also his most uplifting!

    Featuring masterful production by global/electronic artist Adham Shaikh and musician-activist Jason Kecheley, Malama Ka ’Aina (pr: Ma-LA-ma kah-AY-nuh) – a Hawaiian phrase meaning to respect the land and live in harmony – sees Coe’s almost ethereal, soul-drenched voice soaring over arrangements that draw from folk, pop, soul, psychedelia and hip hop, and singing songs that celebrate the awakening of social consciousness and the togetherness of those who are fighting for a better world.

    “Carnival Ride” is a joyously catchy number about First Nations and non-aboriginal people coming together to protest pipeline expansion. Originally written on ukulele, the final arrangement incorporates global rhythms, soulful vocals and hip hop passages to help drive home its message about the destructive nature of capitalism.

    “False Flags” is an equally “big” sounding song that calls out world leaders for perpetuating violence against their own people and turning the populace against false enemies in order to distract from their corporate agendas.

    And “World Waking Up” and “Jah People” are both funky tracks that celebrate those who are joining social justice movements, while questioning whether it’s enough.

    The album also contains plenty of tracks that are less directly political in nature.

    There are songs about love, desire, and giving each other courage in uncertain times. There's another about a community losing a promising, vibrant young man and the desire to make sense of or derive inspiration from tragedy.

    The title track is a tribute to Coe’s “spiritual home” of Hawaii. It speaks of the importance of finding natural environments that replenish us, and of the need to respect the traditional occupants of the land.

    The final track is a psychedelic journey of personal awakening.

    Coe himself is a living manifestation of the values he sings about.

    Born in London, England but raised in Edmonton, he moved back to England at 17 to do a degree in Economics and Geography at the University of Leeds, focusing on economic inequality. He then moved to Colorado to study counselling psychology at the Buddhist University Naropa.

    Coe went on to teach yoga and work with people with special needs and mental health issues – all the while playing music, as he had throughout his life.

    He released a home-made folky debut in 2009, followed it up in 2012 with By the Mountain’s Feet, and in 2013 with an EP that hinted at the more Reggae-influenced sound of Malama Ka ’Aina.

    Though Coe has never chased after acclaim, it has followed him nonetheless, the demand for his albums and live performances quickly growing to the point where he had to give up his day jobs and devote himself full-time to music.

    Readers of WE Vancouver named his band the Best Band in Vancouver, and readers of the Georgia Straight voted it the second best indie band.

    With the release of Malama Ka ’Aina, Coe stands to become even more celebrated by those who love him and much better known among those who don’t.

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released September 25, 2015

Buckman Coe - vocals, guitars, ukeleles & accordion
Tim Parent - electric bass
Jon Roper - electric guitar
Adam Parent - drums & vocals
Sam Cartwright - drums & rhodes
Chris Gestrin - organ, piano, moog & rhodes
Adham Shaikh - synths & programming
Tom Heuckendorff - organ
Max Murphy - saxophone
Ryan Naso - trumpet
Andy Codrington - trombone & percussion
Theo Vincent - congas & percussion
Tom Van Deursen - electric guitar
Brett Hinders - piano
Martin Reisle - cello
Michael Fraser - violin

Guest Vocalists:
Kala Siddha
Warren Hooley
Kristie McCracken
Dawn Pemberton
Gemma Luna

Produced by Adham Shaikh & Jason Kechely
Mixed by Sean Holowaychuk
Recorded at Afterlife Studios and Profile Studios
Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering

Art by Danielle Caners
Script by Corrina Keeling
Design by Rika Heywood

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Buckman Coe Vancouver, British Columbia

Conscious Roots and Soul Musician. Folky beginnings, evolving into Americana, World, Reggae, Psychedelic Adventures. Uplifting and Hopeful, Messaging from the Heart. Peace for Earth's People.

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Track Name: Malama Ka 'Aina
City lights missing from the Island life,
My mind's still a thousand miles away
Catching up with every wave

Moonlight shines off the shore break
Seabreeze, lifts off my heartache
Reminds me that my soul is free

Moku ola e Ho’i Mai
Malama ka ’aina
Malama ka ohana

To grow sometimes you must go away,
But come back, back to your family
With gifts for society

Our roots grow deeper than you may know,
In hard times, inspiration will show
Show you the way

Moku ola e Ho’i Mai
Malama ka ’aina
Malama ka ohana

West coast always in the sunshine,
East coast where all the food grows
This is a paradise

Moku ola e Ho’i Mai
Malama ka ’aina
Malama ka ohana

translation:

Come back to the healing Island
Respect the land
Respect the community
Track Name: Courage
Your love is an early spring
Though we’re living through uncertain times
All I know is the peace that you bring
When you’re near I forget
That the world’s full of suffering and pain, oh my..
Because your smile that you give
Is sunshine through rain

Oh, my lovely lady
You bring a brighter day

Ooh, I want a world for you and I
Oh woh, my love
Where we are kings and queens of our lives

Will time await for us
Through the glacier melts
And the rising of the tides
But we can outweigh our troubles
When we stand together
My darling I need you to keep..
Keep your spirits high

Oh my lovely lady
You bring a brighter day

Ooh, I want a world for you and I
Oh woh, my love
Where we are kings and queens of our lives
(It can be) Have courage!
(If we can see it) Have courage my love!
Track Name: Red Moon
Life and Death
Engaged in a game that we can watch
And the learn the steps
With each in and out breath
The pattern repeats upon itself
A circle without end

Red Moon, in the tarnished skies
Red Moon, you turned to me and sighed
We may be gone too soon
But life finds a way to make it round again

Long, long ways
To come around
To come around to find out...

Make no mistake my love
We were meant to collide and create
Rare beauty in our wake
To bring forth a supernova
Like springtime blossoming into space
From our love's embrace

Red Moon, in the tarnished skies
Red moon, you turned to me and sighed
Red Moon, my love
Though we have gone astray, it's what we're here for
And I know that life will find a way
To make it 'round again

Long ways to come around
To come around, to find out
Love is what you make, what you make it
No need to wrestle with your heart

All that I have, when I'm need
Is my mind to be free, to trust and believe
That the stars will lead, me back to the start
Where love came from on high
Made one you and I
From us two filled the rest of the skies

Red Moon, in the tarnished skies
Red moon, you turned to me and sighed
Red Moon, my love
Though we’ve gone astray, it’s what we’re here for
I have memories of light before dawn
And I know that life will find a way
I know that life will find a way
I know that life will find a way
To make it ‘round again
Track Name: False Flags
You mention war they see the profit signs
When you mention war, we’re all asking what for
It’s not for freedom and it’s not for peace
It’s for global domination of corporate greed

One day all false flags will fall
Releasing all souls captured
There’s always been a battle
For our hearts and for our minds
I believe in human kindness

They say it’s for our security
Bit by bit take away our liberties
Turn their guns on their own populous
This is betrayal of the People’s trust
Alarm bells ring when you read the history books
Because terror is a tool of them godforsaken crooks
Masquerading as the leaders of the world
And they fill their pockets while they rape the Earth
Yes, they fill their pockets while they rape the Earth

One day all false flags will fall
Releasing all souls captured
There’s always been a battle
For our hearts and for our minds
I believe in human kindness

In the time that life evolved upon the earth
How far have we travelled since the moment of our birth?
Our capacity for joy is matched by the grief
The leaders seem to change and yet the history repeats
Things will not change until we break the chains
Pick up the pieces of what remains of the day
The veneer is thin, you know, the stories that they spin
But a breaking point is always reached in the end

One day all false flags will fall
Releasing all souls captured
There’s always been a battle
For our hearts and for our minds
I believe in human kindness
Track Name: Missing You
Knowing you woman is like deciphering
Morse code from outer space
And as soon as I get a grip
I lose my orbit and I take a trip
You’re spinning around like a comet on fire
When you’re coming around
And I feel like a creature outta time
when you burn it all down

Fearsome lady!
I’m facing a galactic mess that is you
And I got no choice woman
Not to follow through
What else to do?
‘Cause you’ve been begging and pleading
And bargaining and bleeding for true

And I’ve missing you like my heart misses blood
I’ve been missing you and know why God sent the flood
I’ve been missing you like the birds miss the breeze
I’ve been missing you and I’m down on my knees
Begging and pleading for peace

I was lamenting you to a friend
Pointing out your constellation
She said, “You need professional help,
Who better than a woman is a queer to tell?”
So I wrote in to Dan Savage
Just to get that brother’s low-down
He wrote, “Mr. Libido it’s too late
To turn that spaceship around”

“Your sweet lady,
is just the kind of super freak suited to you
And you’ve got no choice man
Not to follow through, what else to do?
‘Cause, I’ve been begging and pleading
And bargaining and bleeding for true”

And I’ve missing you like my heart misses blood
I’ve been missing you and know why God sent the flood
I’ve been missing you like the birds miss the breeze
I’ve been missing you and I’m down on my knees
Begging and pleading for peace
Track Name: Carnival Ride (feat. KALA)
A thousand miles of madness
across these lakes and streams
Following the greed of the Ringmaster’s dream
There’s a constant ache, persistent pain
We long for our homes
And the Garden green

It’s a Carnival Ride
Spinning us round and round
Spinning us round and round
Until the world’s burning down
It’s spinning us round and round
Spinning us round and round

Spin doctors be telling lies
polluting skies until black tides
And suicides will ruin lives
We’re calling all the tribes
We’re standing side-by-side
Not for our pride
We’re getting off of this crazy ride

A billion dollars spent
On the greenwash machine
And you can bet your life
The beach won’t wind up so clean
Stay vigilant, brothers
Sisters, keep an eye
They may be blinding us with promises
We won’t stand for these lies

It’s a Carnival Ride
Spinning us round and round
Spinning us round and round
Until the world’s burning down
It’s spinning us round and round
Spinning us round and round

We be sinning and spinning
And keep them demons grinning
This carnival that we've been in
Pollutes the rivers we swim in
It's time to see it's a prison
And let the light through the prism
It's time to share a new vision

We do it for the children
We do it for the earth
We finally giving birth to new and true ways
With fists raised, we give thanks and praise
So follow this parade to the dawn of better days!

The opposition grows
…while the time’s running out
The silent cries
…will rise up to a shout
The man will be defeated
…of this I have no doubt
The mission of the righteous
…carries throughout

Love is the way
…to end their evil from our lives
Our strength will be revealed
…like the parting of the skies
We are all in this together
…you and I and I
People of the world
…stand up unite!
Track Name: Que Nos Espera
Neutron star, the target
Your fortress heart
No chance for survival
It will blow us apart
Our bodies are a loan from the stars
And we were there from the start
When time dissolves into space
Will we remember our faces, all places

Oh mi amor
¿Qué hay más allá?
Que nos espera?
Cuando el jardín se rompe
Se rompera nuestro amor en pedazos?

The well of my heart goes much deeper
Than our perception of time
Still I wish for more than just one life
To call you mine
When Saturn’s rings are pulled into the star
We will know that we are next after Mars
A nebulous light in the sky
Let’s hold hands while we die

Oh mi amor
¿Qué hay más allá?
Que nos espera?
Cuando el jardín se rompe
Se rompera nuestro amor en pedazos?

translation:
Oh my love
What's beyond?
What awaits us?
When the garden breaks
Will our love be torn asunder?
Track Name: Love is Eternal
I put my love inside a locket
To lay against your skin,
For to tell you how I feel
I’d not know where to begin

In a moment like this
just give me one kiss
Before I have to go
I’ll be weeks on the road,
you know I’ll come home

Don’t worry darling,
As you said we’ll be just fine
I respond to the sadness
That you’ve been wearing all this time
Love is Eternal, but there’s a black hole in our minds
‘Cause nobody knows how this story will go
How life will unfold

Everything we have shared
You know I take it with me everywhere
And I’ve learned love is no conquest
It’s to surrender if you dare

There are worlds to explore
I don’t want to close any doors
To places you may go
For we learn who we are
When we are so far from home

Don’t worry darling
As you said we’ll be just fine
I respond to the sadness
That you’ve been wearing all this time
Love is Eternal, but there’s a black hole in our minds
‘Cause nobody knows how this story will go
How life will unfold
Love is Eternal!
Nobody knows how this story will go

All this time apart
I hope it strengthens the valves of our hearts
For the future is uncertain
And there are many ways to read the stars
Track Name: Rubber Bands
Held together with rubber bands
Bones stacked like empty cans
Marrow’s not flowing beyond the dam
Docs don’t know why but you know ma’am
You know who I am

Hands tied with other hands
Mind stalled with too many plans
Disaster loves a stubborn man
To fall down the staircase bam bam
You know who I am

Oh oh, oh oh, ooh ooh…

Lady instead I’ll let you do what you please
Cellophane tongue wrapped around my knees
A horde of critics lined up out the door
I don’t know why you asked them round here for
Only you know who I am

Oh oh, oh oh, ooh ooh…

Held together with rubber bands
Bones stacked like empty cans
You know who I am
Track Name: World Waking Up
How long have I been asleep
I feel you watching as I blink back to reality
So give me some love,
I know of the ways that I’ve gone astray
Oh, I’ve been living as it comes
Come what may

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!

Oh my eyesight hard when it’s breaking up for me
To watch as the world runs straight towards emergency
Love, come summon up our courage please
Or we won’t be living in a fertile Eden’s ease
Tell me how to work for the peace we need
I put my heart on the line, strive for the light
To see you as me

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!

I won’t ever say that rage is not a state of mine
For there’s a war of attrition, and enslavement of our minds
Oh, when the love comes in, it’s still hard enough for me
Oh, to live for life for a world of peace
But life will return with the rising of the sun

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!
Track Name: Jah People (feat. Warren Hooley)
Every minute ticking of the clocks
Closer to the judgement day
The guns will melt in the rising of the sun
You can hear the women pray

All divisions must cease with the dawning
Of this brand new age
Our gods, ancestors, no longer separate us
Because we are one and the same

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!

Back in touch with the lands that sustain us
Dispense of technologies that will maim
All answers exist within and between us
Live with love and praise

Back to our roots no more GMO crops
The industrial military complex must stop
Slow down your mind and let the wisdom drop
No more boundaries, One Love under Jah

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!

I think about it, I spit and shout it, I kick it loud
I do my best to not have my head up inside the clouds
I bring it back to earth and try to think of what its worth
Connected to this land ‘cause everytime that i kick
And i really wanna be the one to bring forth the change
Open up ourselves to the rain
Let the water heal our bodies from pollution's pain
So let me see you tap into that warrior within
Feel the fire burning in your chest as we start to begin
To rise up, the Jah People we’re all equal
Let's end this war on earth and bring it back to being peaceful
Let's not forget regrets, we fret
Let's kick back, reflect and get more respect
Its not like we’re set to stay in this debt
We still can protect of all what is left, so
There's no really way we can track the worth
If every single person started giving back to earth
Will the current generation finally be the first
To lift our mother back to our hearts
I n-n-know the way you
F-f-f-feel inside your
S-s-s-soul ‘cause I can
See it in your eyes
So let me see your hands up to the sky
And realize that the truth is always inside

Hold on children, hold on
Hold on children, hold on
Hold on children to the One Love Song

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!
Track Name: Trails of Light
Oh brother, you passed by the warning signs
That were covered with moss and concealed by time
Always driven by joy to kiss the sky
And the river rejoiced like all who shared your life

Slipped away from me
Carried to the deep
You left a Trail of Light
For all to see

To live a life without regret
I only wish that I had more time left
To learn from you in flesh and blood
But I’ll do my best to carry on your good

And your beautiful mind
For those left behind
You left a Trail of light
My brother kind

To live a life without regret
Still I wish that I had more time left
To learn from you in flesh and blood
And I’ll do my best to carry on your good

And your beautiful mind
For those left behind
You left a Trail of Light
My brother kind
Slipped away from me
Carried to the deep
You left a trail of light
For all to see

In Loving Memory of Daniel Rezmer
Track Name: After All
I only have time for one cup of coffee
no time for eggs or toast my dear
You know I’m fond of sleeping in ’til midday
but I feel a change in the air
A change in the air

I’m on my way
Got one speed
Born to bleed
And it’s the first day after all
It’s the first day after all

I better set my own alarm
That way I have no one else to blame
Today I feel I’m gonna do just what I say
I’m gonna get the news the old-fashioned way
The old-fashioned way

I’m on my way
Got one speed
Born to bleed
And it’s the first day after all
It’s the first day after all
Track Name: Jah People (Adham Shaikh Remix)
Every minute ticking of the clocks
Closer to the judgement day
The guns will melt in the rising of the sun
You can hear the women pray

All divisions must cease with the dawning
Of this brand new age
Our gods, ancestors, no longer separate us
Because we are one and the same

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!

Back in touch with the lands that sustain us
Dispense of technologies that will maim
All answers exist within and between us
Live with love and praise

Back to our roots no more GMO crops
The industrial military complex must stop
Slow down your mind and let the wisdom drop
No more boundaries, One Love under Jah

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!

I think about it, I spit and shout it, I kick it loud
I do my best to not have my head up inside the clouds
I bring it back to earth and try to think of what its worth
Connected to this land ‘cause everytime that i kick
And i really wanna be the one to bring forth the change
Open up ourselves to the rain
Let the water heal our bodies from pollution's pain
So let me see you tap into that warrior within
Feel the fire burning in your chest as we start to begin
To rise up, the Jah People we’re all equal
Let's end this war on earth and bring it back to being peaceful
Let's not forget regrets, we fret
Let's kick back, reflect and get more respect
Its not like we’re set to stay in this debt
We still can protect of all what is left, so
There's no really way we can track the worth
If every single person started giving back to earth
Will the current generation finally be the first
To lift our mother back to our hearts
I n-n-know the way you
F-f-f-feel inside your
S-s-s-soul ‘cause I can
See it in your eyes
So let me see your hands up to the sky
And realize that the truth is always inside

Hold on children, hold on
Hold on children, hold on
Hold on children to the One Love Song

If the warring is ever going to stop
It’ll come from us leading the way
From the elders, earth education
Rise Up Jah People today!
Track Name: After All (Cookie Cartel Remix)
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