Brother D with Collective Effort – Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize / How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?

Clappers (US) [CL-0001] 1980

This was one of the earliest socially conscious rap tracks and was the first single for reggae label Clappers. It was also the debut release for math teacher Daryl Aamaa Nubyahn aka Brother D. The disco rap track was based around a replayed version of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’ but with vocals singing ‘Let’s Be Real’. Towards the end of the track they chant the lyrics ‘Agitate, educate and organize’ which was sampled for the classic Coldcut cut-n-paste mix ‘Say Kids, What Time Is It?.

Although originally released on Clappers in 1980, there was a UK release with the sides reversed in 1982 followed by a UK re-edit in 1985. All are pictured below.


Clappers (US) [CL-0001]

Side A

Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize

Side B

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?

Island Records (UK) [IPR 2055] 1982

Side A

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?

Side B

Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize

4th & Broadway (UK) [12 BRO 1] 1985 PROMO

Side A

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise? (’85 Re-Edit by Slack and S.S.)

Side B

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise? (Original)

4th & Broadway (UK) [12 BRW 245] 1985

Side A

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise? (’85 Re-Edit by Slack and S.S.) [5:48]

Side B

How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise? (Original) [5:54]
Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize (Dub) [5:55]



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