We Will Not Go – J. Ralph feat. Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour & Fally Ipupa (Virunga OST)

A song about solidarity, heroism and willingness to sacrifice everything to protect something that you believe in.

We Will Not Go is a song by American composer, producer, singer, songwriter and social activist Josh Ralph, known professionally as J. Ralph. It was written and composed for the 2014 British documentary film Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.

The documentary focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, Soco International, which began exploring for oil within the UNESCO World Heritage site in April 2014. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014. Since airing on Netflix it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

As J. Ralph stated:

“This song is about solidarity and heroism and willingness to sacrifice everything to protect something that you believe in.”

The recording and producing of the song required massive international efforts, as shown in the video below. For the project, Ralph traveled across 3 continents (Africa, Europe and America) in 4 cities and countries (Bamako, Mali / Paris, France / London, England / New York, United States). He managed, for the first time ever, to get three of the best African musical icons on the same track, as We Will Not Go features the vocal talents of not only Ralph himself, but also:

  • Salif Keïta, a Malian singer unique not only because of his reputation as the “Golden Voice of Africa” but also because he has albinism (a condition facing multiple forms of discrimination in Africa and worldwide).
  • Fally Ipupa,  a Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, guitarist and producer.
  • Youssou N’Dour, a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa.

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Remarkably, lyrics are written in five different languages: English, French, Bambara, Wolof and Lingala, the last three widespread respectively in Mali, Senegal and DR Congo.

We lay, we lay our own
We lay to rest our own
We brave the skies that glow
And prey so long

They take our freedom
They try and take our soul
But oh no, we will not go

We stay we stay because
One day this could be gone
We stay we stay because
Our kids they will have none

They take our freedom
They try and take our soul
But oh no, we will not go

They take our freedom
They try take our soul
But oh no, we will not go

They only comprise in killing
The innocent and the old
With guns and ammunition
They offer peaceful plans
And all the while the war is waiting
For our honor to be sold
But oh no, we will not go

They take our freedom
They try take our soul
But oh no, we will not go

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Marco Principia

Born in Rome, his beloved city. Graduated with honors in Political Science and International Relations at Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”. Expert of current affairs and United Nations. Recently attended a course in Humanitarian Emergency at INTERSOS. Currently employed at CIES – ONLUS in the Coordination and Organization Office for Interpreting and Translation Service for Territorial Commissions for the Recognition of International Protection.
Huge fan of A.S. Roma.

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