our time

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

my people

when will our time come?

our time will come when we realise that we have been making time since forever and we will go on making time till forever

we belong to all of time just as all of time belongs to us

all of time belongs to us

we have been present throughout time

indeed we have constructed time

and its about time for us lay claim to what is ours: all of time

it is about the right time that we start to defy. indeed. the time is nigh for us to defy and to define

defy the blind time and define our own time: swing time, ghoema time, shuffle, hiphop, and sublime time. african time, bi kidude and samba time and grime, soul, one drop, herbie tsoali, electric lady time, dilla’s backbeat, elvin jones’ round time, oumou sangare’s time…

damn

what about thomas sankara’s time?

what about our time…

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

my people

when will our time come?

let us remember that we have always defined our time

our time is not the time of linearity

it does not have to conform to others’ ideas of modernity and progress

that is not our time

we have for too long been told that we are a people without time, that we were brought into time, brought into the light, civilised… that’s a chapter on crime

but let us remember that we have always defined our time

imperial crime time existed simultaneously to swing time and free time, afrobeat, zouk, taarab, funk, gnawa and chimurenga time

our time will never be stopped, it will never be silent time, it will continue to disrupt, it will continue to challenge and subvert, and certainly, it will finally displace imperial time

and then, my people, it will truly be our time

but let us remember that we have to spend time crafting time for all time

let us remember that there will never be a moment when we can stop making time

the project of self-defining is indeed infinite and eternal and when we forget that we become susceptible to the imposition of foreign time: it is only in moments of doubt that ours can be displaced

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

when will our time come?

my people

when will our time come?

our time will come when we realise that is we, it is us who make time, it is us who make our time, we have been making time and we will continue to make time

forever

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