Friday, January 25, 2008

NPR's All Songs Considered Tributes Andy Palacio



NPR's All Songs Considered put together a nice tribute to Andy Palacio last night. In a choice fitting Andy's legacy, host Bob Boilen played "Ámuñegü (In Times To Come)" in it's entirety.

Listen to the tribute


Ámuñegü (In Times To Come)

English translation


I wonder who will bake cassava* bread for us in times to come
I wonder who will speak with me in Garifuna in times to come
I wonder who will sing Aruumahani** songs with me in times to come
I wonder who will heal us with the dugu** in times to come


The time has come for it to be preserved
The time has come for it to be taught
The time has come for it to be preserved
Lest we lose it altogether



Our ancestors fought to remain Garifuna
Why must we be the ones to lose our culture?
Let's not do it


Parents, please listen to me.
Teach the children Our language and our songs; our beliefs and our dances


The time has come for it to be preserved
The time has come for it to be taught
The time has come for it to be preserved
Lest we lose it altogether


Lest we lose it altogether




Footnotes:


* Cassava bread is the staple food of the Garifuna and it is derived from the manioc root
** Aruumahani is a genre of Garifuna music in which men link their hands and sing a capella. It is a dying art form.
*** The dugu is the traditional Garifuna healing ceremony in which
the extended family comes together to make offerings of food, drinks,
music and dance to the ancestral spirits. It is presided over by a
spiritual healer (buyei) and lasts for a few days.

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