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AFRICA BRASIL (ZUMBI) by Jorge Ben Jor, English translation by Joel Sattler
by Joel Sattler

Monday, June 14, 2010
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Note:

this is not an exact translation,
but is meant to be sung to the original melody.


Zumbi [pronounced “Zoombie”] was the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares runaway slave refugee colony in Alagoas, Brazil that also harbored fugitives and deserters. Born a free man in 1655, captured and sold into slavery at the age of six, baptized by his missionary owner, he learned Portuguese and Latin and the Bible. Escaping at 15, he returned home and became a military leader and renowned warrior. When the local governor offered freedom to the colony, Zumbi distrusted the Portuguese and refused to accept the offer while other Africans remained enslaved. He took over leadership of the quilombo and ruled for 15 years until the Portuguese military destroyed the central settlement of Cerca do Macaco with an artillery assault. The colony fell, Zumbi went to ground and led a rebellion for two years, evading capture until betrayed by one of his followers. He was beheaded by the Paulistas, and his head taken to Recife and displayed as a warning to all other slaves. The date of his execution, November 20 1695, has become the equivalent of our Martin Luther King Day....



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AFRICA BRASIL (ZUMBI) by Jorge Ben Jor, English translation by Joel Sattler


 


New title: “When Zumbi Comes”


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


So here’s a meat market for men


An auction of Africans 


Up on the block there is a princess up for sale


Captured with all her kin and all her tribe 


Chained in carts and just barely alive


 


I want to see


I want to see


I want to see


I want to see


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


Here come the slave plantation men


On one side, kings of sugarcane


The other side is the coffee overlords


you sit in the middle, watch the pain


See them unloading the cotton in big bales


Cut down by blacks who work under the sword


 


I want to see


I want to see


I want to see


I want to see


 


To see just what happens


When Zumbi comes for vengeance


 


Zumbi’s the Lord of Terror


The Dictator of Disaster


When Zumbi comes at last then


Zumbi will be their master


 


Zumbi’s the Lord of Terror


The Dictator of Disaster


When Zumbi comes at last then


Zumbi will be their master


 


I want to see


I want to see


When Zumbi comes


When Zumbi comes  


 


Angola, (I want to see, I want to see)


Congo, (I want to see, I want to see)


Benguela (I want to see, I want to see)


Monjolo, (I want to see, I want to see)


Capinda, (I want to see, I want to see)


Nina (I want to see, I want to see)


Quiloa, (I want to see, I want to see)


Rebolo (I want to see, I want to see)


 


Angola,


Congo,


Benguela


Monjolo,


Capinda,


Nina


Quiloa,


Rebolo


 


Who will run when Zumbi comes?


Who will run when Zumbi comes?


 


 


________________________  


 


Original lyrics in Portuguese:


 


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjolo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


Aqui onde estão os homens


Há um grande leilão


Dizem que nele há uma princesa à venda


Que veio junto com seus súditos


Acorrentados em carros de boi


 


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjolo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


Pois aqui onde estão os homens


Dum lado, cana-de-açúcar


Do outro lado, um imenso cafezal


Ao centro, senhores sentados


Vendo a colheita do algodão branco


Sendo colhidos por mãos negras


 


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


 


Eu quero ver quando Zumbi chegar


Eu quero ver o que vai acontecer


 


Zumbi é senhor das guerras


Zumbi é senhor das demandas


Quando Zumbi chega,


é Zumbi quem manda


 


Zumbi é senhor das guerras


Zumbi é senhor das demandas


Quando Zumbi chega,


é Zumbi quem manda


 


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


Eu quero ver


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjolo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


Angola,


Congo, Benguela


Monjolo, Capinda, Nina


Quiloa, Rebolo


 


 


 


 


My version is based on a recording by Jorge Ben Jor:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db2_TWq7nfs


 


 


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