Love from the Sun

by Kashimana

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Our sun first started off as tiny particles of sun dust floating in space, spinning ever closer to one another, slowly gathering enough mass to become the Sun. Our star is proof that from the darkness light emerges. I hope this album is a light unto your world as it has been a light unto mine.
Be Here, and shine bright like the sun that you are.
Love from the Sun!

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released June 27, 2017

All songs are written, composed and arranged by Kashimana Ahua (kashimana.com).
All the tracks were mixed and mastered by Katie Lundquist at Katie Rocket Music (Katierocket.com). All the tracks were recorded, and engineered by Katie Lundquist except for ‘I’m Still Breathing - Band Version’ ‘Let the Sinning Begin’ and ‘You and a Corona’ recorded by Alec Williams. ‘La La La Love’ ‘Come Mary Come’ ‘Signs in the Sky’ and ‘Broken Heart Refund’ recorded by Chopper Black.

Musicians
Kashimana Ahua - Lead Vocal, Jack Zondlo - Bass, Glory Yard - Drums, Benjamin Howe - Keys, Seth Holtz - Guitar, Erin Rachelle Duguay - Backing Vocals, Sarah O’Neil - Backing Vocals, Sally Martinez - Saxophone, Andrea Mendoza - Trumpet, Lily Alexander - French Horn, Marlowe Teichman - Ukelele, Katie Lundquist - Flute, and Bongos, Danny Zanger - Tuba, Jeff Perry - Guitar on the Acoustic Versions, Jaymes Taylor - Lead vocal on the duet ‘Let the Sinning Begin’. Additional vocals on ‘I’m Still Breathing’ Seth Holtz and Benjamin Howe, group vocals on ‘Come Mary Come’ - James Maranda, Maddie Franz, May Esperanza Losloso, Jennifer Volkmann, and Katie Lundquist. Group vocals on ‘Hollow Drum’ - James Maranda, Glory Yard, Alec Williams, Seth Holtz, Andrea Mendoza, and Sally Martinez.

Cover Art designed by Kashimana Ahua. Photography by James Maranda. Visual Concepts by Kashimana Ahua.

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Kashimana Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kashimana is a singer-songwriter with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original pop acoustic compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs are simple, catchy, and paint compelling stories of her experiences in Africa, Europe and America.

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Track Name: Sun Baby
Sun Baby
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

I wake with the sun-rays
Feel whole in a bright haze
stars in my halo
I bloom with the sunshine
like the world can be mine
and I can’t stay low

Chorus
I’m a sun, sun baby
Sun, Sun Baby
Sun, Sun Baby x 2

The breeze is a whisper
the warmth is my lover
I’m ready to go
my soul is radiant
my outlook brilliant
heart fills and flows

Chorus x 2

Bridge
Though the winter comes with the blizzards
my mind it does remember where I belong
And I can hold on to the mem’ries
that soon enough you’ll find me
where I shine strong (oh)

Chorus x 4
Track Name: Brand New
Brand New
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Chorus
Oh You!
You make me feel brand new
All the years melt away
when you smile at me and say
Oh You!
You make me feel brand new
All the years melt away
when you smile at me and say
Ooh

Verse 1
I can’t help myself
you done changed the game
and a future
without you seems insane
I want to talk to you
about everything
share my secrets
or lay here listening
I want every part of you!

chorus

Verse 2
You say I’m all you need
I believe you too
but there’s much more
I want to do for you
don’t you ever doubt
our love still hits the mark
I’ll kiss you now
how i did you at the start
with every part of me

Verse 3
Oh you, you, you!
You, you, you!
Oh you, you, you!
You, you, you!
(I want every part of you! x 3)
I want……. you
Track Name: I'm Still Breathing (Acoustic Version)
I’m Still Breathing
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Here I lie, with nothing to say
I can’t feel? So I can’t be real
where’s the sky? all I see is gray
leave me here, leave me to decay

I’m so cold, cut by all the stones
raw and used, for law I’m abused
bought and sold, paying for their thrones
Close my eyes, dream of rescue drones

I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing

Where am I? used to have a place
stolen from, my school and my home
Now I cry? rage at my disgrace
I’ll survive, I’m no hopeless case

I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing

And I’ll dance in the dark
Till I see that little girl
Bring back my girl
Bring Back our girls
Bring Back our girls

We’re still breathing
We’re still breathing
We’re still fighting
We’re still breathing
Track Name: Sun of My Life
Sun of My Life
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Sun of the, Sun of my life
You are my everything
You nurture, you nurture my soul
You give me room to grow
And I long to bask in your glow
Your love is all I need
These are the words of profession
Of my love, oh my love, oh my love

Love of the, love of my life
You are, my poetry
You stand for, you stand for what’s right
You make it, all worth while
With you I can walk down the Aisle
Your love, is all I need
These are the words of profession
Of my love, oh my love, oh my love

And I swear to you,
I’ll be true to you,
Cause you are the one I’ve been waiting for
We’ve been through the minor now we major
Now that I have a clue
I’m ready to pay what’s due
Through sickness and health, riches and the poor
I won’t look out that door for something more

Sun of the, Sun of my life
Your star, so brightening
You love me, you love me so well
You shine, and I shine too
Now two become something anew
Our love is all we need
So these are the words of profession
Of our love

And I swear to you,
I’ll be true to you,
Cause you are the one I’ve been waiting for
We’ve been through the minor now we major
Now that I have a clue
I’m ready to pay what’s due
Through sickness and health, riches and the poor
I won’t look out that door for something more

Sun of the, Sun of my life
Your star, so brightening
You love me, you love me so well
You shine, and I shine too
Now two become something anew
Our love is all we need
So these are the words of profession
Of our love, of our love, of our love
Track Name: La La La Love
La La La Love
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

La-La-La-Love (love!)
La-La-La-Love (love!)
La-La-La-Love (love!)
La-La-La-Love (love!)

She touched her heart, began to believe that this could be it
Held by a thread about to crash to a million pieces
what should she do? what could she do?
she would make things different, if she only knew how, to
He packed his bags, walked out the door his final exit
Said he was done, used to be fun but now so tedious
notice the things, what of the things
that she did for him, would he fall for her once, more

looking for something, special and free
If you know what love means, show it to me

chorus

it wasn't fair, he stopped to care unspoken promises,
the time was lost, frozen like frost, no hope of thawing
how could she live without sweet love
thought it hurt so, someday she would learn to let him go

looking for something, special and free
If you know what love means, show it to me

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Come Mary Come
Come Mary Come
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

(Hmmm)
Come Mary Come
It don’t matter what they do to you
Come Mary Come
it don’t matter what they say to you
You’re just a woman
born of no means and/with nothing to show
come Mary come
cause this is, this is, your house

(ooo)
Come Jesus Come
it don’t matter what they done to you
Come Jesus Come
It don’t matter how they made you bleed
who would have known, who would have known
how you’d come to be who you are now
oh Come Jesus Come
cause this is your house

(aah)
Come children Come
It don’t matter how old you are
Come children Come
It don’t matter what they tell you, you can’t do
you’re the future, you’re the future
no one can take that away from you
so come children, come
cause this is your house

(aah)
Come sinner Come
It don’t matter what you think you’ve done
Come sinner Come
it don’t matter how far you think you’ve gone
cause in this place
you have been washed reverently
come sinner come
cause this, this, is your house (repeat 4th verse)
Track Name: Broken Heart Refund
Broken Heart Refund
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

I’ve been here before
Asking myself why
You don’t even realize
You have the best thing as your prize (Baby)
I’ve been losing again and again
Betting on you
You don’t even try to hide
You got a new thing on the side

Well if you wanted (Well if you wanted a broken heart)
Congratulations (Congratulations cause here’s my heart)
Paid (Paid for in tears)
Broke (Broke for eight years)
No (no refund here Cynic mind included for free)

I was hoping that
Somehow you’d change
Waiting for a new direction
That you’d show some devotion (to me)
I was stupid to sit and pretend
Forgive and forget
I’m done with that foolish cliché
I can’t be a lost cause just like you (baby)

Chorus x 2

Bridge
though it hurts me
I’ve got to let this go
I can’t give you
what’s left of me

chorus x 2
Track Name: Signs in the Sky
Signs in the Sky
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

(ah ah, ah ah ah) x 2
How I’m gonna get out of this alive?
I live my life for you so I’ve got to survive
who knew today would be the last day?
I refuse to go down with the fray

Prechorus
I’m running, running from the coming danger
I’m fighting, fighting to get to you

Chorus
So if you see the signs in the sky
you hide and wait for me
I’ll be moving heaven and hell
to get to you
Don’t be afraid, I’m coming through

(ah ah, ah ah ah) x 2
God I wish I could hear your voice right now
I want to hold you close, feel you on my brow
This love is like that supernova
Let’s burn together in your corner

Prechorus
I’m running, running from the coming danger
I’m fighting, fighting to get to you

Chorus x 2
Don’t be afraid, I’m coming through

and there you are (ah ah, ah ah ah) x 2
Track Name: Back to Take One
Back to Take One
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

What about What you said
The other day while we were laying awake
The only thing I think about Is if you really meant it
Now I want to know

Oh you know, so you know its not over
And we’ll stay always
back to take one to back two

Commitments Get to me
Commitments Get to you how sad it appears
So only now, we’ll wait to see
which one will make the first move to take the blame (it’s not you, its me)

Chorus

Small mistakes
We make each day
Chipping away
at the love that we share
tears drip down
tears of joy
we will fight
to love another day

Chorus x 3
Track Name: You and a Corona
You and a Corona
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Verse 1
All I want is you and a corona
sitting by the beach and getting lit in a cabana
Boy let the world pass by
enjoy the sea and the sky

Verse 2
All I want is you and a corona
swaying to the music, can you feel the bossa nova?
I’ll let you hold my hand
come play with me in the sand

Bridge
I don’t want to run around like little ants on a hill, I don’t (Uh uh)
I don’t want to pretend we’ve got some where else to be, I won’t (Uh uh)
look at me, look at this, can’t you see the view right now
oh Stay with me, live with me

Verse 3
All I want is you and a corona
fall into my arms let me, be your Madonna
kiss me like you care
before we end this affair

(Repeat Bridge section)

Solo

Bridge and Verse 3
Track Name: Wicked Ways
My Wicked Ways
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Sometimes I lie to protect you from torment
Sometimes I fight to keep you on your toes
Sometimes I cry to end our arguments
Sometimes I cheat, cause I can I suppose

Chorus
And it’s you, who loves my wicked ways,
Yes it’s you, who hates my wicked ways
And you love to love, and you hate to hate (aah)
But most of all, you love to hate my wicked ways.

The way I speak, let me whisper in you ear
The way I lick, my lips they do betray
The way I seek, I want to please you here
I don’t play fair, but I take your breath away.

Chorus

Wish I could stop, this spreading my love so thin
Wish I’d give up, be happy with my part
Wish I could pop, in the space you love in
Wish I was good, but wicked doesn’t feel so bad

Chorus

Bridge
I’m a good girl, I’m just gone bad
And I want you but I don’t need you
I’ll lead you on, I’ll fall in love
I’ll take it all, if you’ll give it all

Chorus
Track Name: Let the Sinning Begin (ft. Jaymes Taylor)
Let The Sinning Begin
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re gonna need some saving,
‘fore the day is done
Cause your words are getting sharper and you might set someone on fire
With that wicked tongue
Might be Mercury in retrograde
Might be that time in the month that I didn’t get laid
Who cares, I’m outta here
Pour me that beer, whiskey, or gin
Let the sinning begin

Do you ever get the inkling that you’re gonna need some drinking
To erase the past
And there’s no use in pretending that there’ll be a happy ending
time to have a blast
might be found your love’s a cheating rat
then they run off before you could get your bat
Who cares, they’re outta here
Pour me that beer, whiskey, or gin
Let the sinning begin

(Bridge)
I might even need a lawyer
or a savior
someone to say that it will be okay
Well you better call the doctor
Or the pastor
I’m putting my time in confession today!

Do you ever hear a ringing in your ear a bee is singing
that you’ve had enough
and you’ve come to a conclusion that you’ve had enough confusion
time to toughen up
You’ve reached the end of a crazy maze
no matter how far you run trouble never strays
you care, and know their there
pour me that beer, whiskey or gin
Let the sinning begin

(Bridge) (maybe tomorrow, tonight)

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re gonna need some saving
‘fore the day is done

Let the sinning begin
Let the sinning begin
Let the sinning begin
(Spoken) Let the sinning begin
Track Name: Hollow Drum
Hollow Drum
© Laura Welsh Arrangement by Kashimana Ahua

You know I see you in another light
Where did the days go when it all felt right
And all I know is there was fire in the room
It got cold too soon

Chorus
Listen to rain
And it doesn’t sound the same
When it was fun fun fun
The silence in your roar
We’re not talking any more
We better run run run
The way you rip at me at any opportunity
Until i come undone
It’s the sound of our hearts

Getting louder beating like a hollow drum
Like a hollow hollow hollow drum
Like a hollow hollow hollow drum


So hold your tongue
You can’t look me in the eye
You won’t remember
You won’t even try
And all I know is there was fire in the room
It got cold too soon

chorus

oooh oooh ooh ohhh

chorus
Track Name: I'm Still Breathing - Band Version
I’m Still Breathing
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

Here I lie, with nothing to say
I can’t feel? So I can’t be real
where’s the sky? all I see is gray
leave me here, leave me to decay

I’m so cold, cut by all the stones
raw and used, for law I’m abused
bought and sold, paying for their thrones
Close my eyes, dream of rescue drones

I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing

Where am I? used to have a place
stolen from, my school and my home
Now I cry? rage at my disgrace
I’ll survive, I’m no hopeless case

I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing
I’m still breathing

And I’ll dance in the dark
Till I see that little girl
Bring back my girl
Bring Back our girls
Bring Back our girls

We’re still breathing
We’re still breathing
We’re still fighting
We’re still breathing
Track Name: Let the Sinning Begin (ft. Jaymes Taylor) - Acoustic Version
Let The Sinning Begin
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re gonna need some saving,
‘fore the day is done
Cause your words are getting sharper and you might set someone on fire
With that wicked tongue
Might be Mercury in retrograde
Might be that time in the month that I didn’t get laid
Who cares, I’m outta here
Pour me that beer, whiskey, or gin
Let the sinning begin

Do you ever get the inkling that you’re gonna need some drinking
To erase the past
And there’s no use in pretending that there’ll be a happy ending
time to have a blast
might be found your love’s a cheating rat
then they run off before you could get your bat
Who cares, they’re outta here
Pour me that beer, whiskey, or gin
Let the sinning begin

(Bridge)
I might even need a lawyer
or a savior
someone to say that it will be okay
Well you better call the doctor
Or the pastor
I’m putting my time in confession today!

Do you ever hear a ringing in your ear a bee is singing
that you’ve had enough
and you’ve come to a conclusion that you’ve had enough confusion
time to toughen up
You’ve reached the end of a crazy maze
no matter how far you run trouble never strays
you care, and know their there
pour me that beer, whiskey or gin
Let the sinning begin

(Bridge) (maybe tomorrow, tonight)

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re gonna need some saving
‘fore the day is done

Let the sinning begin
Let the sinning begin
Let the sinning begin
Track Name: Sun Baby - Acoustic Version
Sun Baby
© 2017 Kashimana Ahua

I wake with the sun-rays
Feel whole in a bright haze
stars in my halo
I bloom with the sunshine
like the world can be mine
and I can’t stay low

Chorus
I’m a sun, sun baby
Sun, Sun Baby
Sun, Sun Baby x 2

The breeze is a whisper
the warmth is my lover
I’m ready to go
my soul is radiant
my outlook brilliant
heart fills and flows

Chorus x 2

Bridge
Though the winter comes with the blizzards
my mind it does remember where I belong
And I can hold on to the mem’ries
that soon enough you’ll find me
where I shine strong (oh)

Chorus x 4

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