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While material goods and wealth may give you some measure of happiness, life is too short and time moves too fast to preoccupy your mind with things like vanity and materialism. Anorkye says, “carry your big cars to the cemetery ooh, carry your big house to the cemetery ooh, acres of land to the cemetery ooh, nothing lasts in life, wu no waan fi know, listen to my flow yo Congobongo.” This song has evolved through the years after first appearing on Chase’s 2007 album Rough Cuts. Nothing Lasts was transformed when he joined the West African Dance-Drumming Ensemble at Berkeley and was exposed to Kpanlogo. The song was taken to the next level when he joined forces with Komfo Anorkye and P.I. Jazzy in Ghana. Nii Adjetey Adjei brings the kpanlogo drums to life and firmly grounds the song, about impermanence, in the pulse of Afrika. Justice Dwomar plays the lead guitar featured in the intro and Benjamin Gunnerson brings a dub vibe to postproduction.

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I remember when, time went slow, and we thought we would live forever. But now, I know, nothing ever lasts forever.

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from Black & White: We Are ONE, released January 8, 2013

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Black & White Accra, Ghana

Chase Livingston and Komfo Anorkye met in 2011, in Ghana, West Afrika. Although the two artists came from vastly different realities, they found unity and universal love through music.

Komfo Anorkye is located in Ghana, West-Afrika and Chase is living in Oakland, CA.

While geographically separate, the 2 braddahs have continued to spread love and positivity through their 'conscious' works of art
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