For Brother Guanapo (Roi Kwabena)

Celebrating Roi Guanapo Ankhkara Kwabena
Last session shared with us: 23/7/1956 - 9/1/2008

Dear Roi,
I think that you will like this song. It was composed by Paul Nabor, the elderly parandero and buyei (spirit medium and healer) who has his Garifuna temple in the coastal town of Punta Gorda in southern Belize. I hope he doesn't mind that I am sharing it. I think that he would have wanted to sing it for you.

NAGUYA NEI (I AM MOVING ON)
By Paul Nabor
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Nati nuguya merumayatina
Wanwa nuguya merumayatina
Balabada naru tura nigabana nay
Lau nuragu le hadan hara familia
Balabada naru tura nigabana nay
Lau nuragu le hadan hara familia

Ayanuhayatina hama namulenu
Ayanuhayatina hama namulenu
Dame le gia nowen wanwa
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana...

Hawagu namulenu naritagua
Hawagu nisanigu naritagua
Dame le gia nowen wanwa
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana...

Nati nuguya merumayatina
Wanwa nuguya merumayatina
Balabada naru tura nigabana nay
Lau nuragu le hadan hara familia
Balabada naru tura nigabana nay
Lau nuragu le hadan hara familia

Ayanuhayatina hama namulenu
Ayanuhayatina hama namulenu
Dame le gia nowen wanwa
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana...

Hawagu namulenu naritagua
Hawagu nisanigu naritagua
Dame le gia nowen wanwa
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana
Lauba la banda habunana...

TRANSLATION
Brother, I am ill
Dear Brother, I am ill
I have tossed and turned in my bed
With this ailment in the presence of my family
I have spoken with my children
Dear Brother when I pass away
They must have a band at my funeral
It is my little ones I'm worried about.

Roi, as always, you will make your trails happy ones!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all.
Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Mweh ka allay!

2 comments:

openanthropology said...

Beautiful song! Thanks very much for this post, I am sure Roi is honoured by it.

Guanaguanare said...

Thanks, Max, for visiting and leaving your comment. I hope that they are both honoured, Roi and Paul Nabor. Remember how Roi would always acknowledge and thank the ancestors? I wonder if he is smiling now that we are doing the same for him? Thank you, ancestor Roi. May you be pleased.
Blessings.