MI LENGA  
Letra / Músika / Areglo musikal :
Ced Ride 2018

 

mi lenga, di rais bantú

my tongue, our tongue, rooted in bantu                   

a kore tera promé ku Kolón

tranversed our planet before Columbus

krusa riw ku lamán pa planta

crossed waters, wide and narrow, turbulent and placid

su simia den mi lenga for djaleu

to seed my language from so far away

mi lenga, spiritu di sosiedat

our language, unifying our spirits

den kuá tur stansha ku nan kredo

across all faces of human creed

ta elevá religion di hòmber                   

elevating our human worship with

ku Dios a duna sabidoria, ku konsenshi

the divine gift of wisdom and awarenes

mi lenga ta mama, kurason un bèrdat

our language is our mother, true of heart

di palabra, ku sonido un kantidat di vokal variá

abundant in words and sound and vocal variety

di garganta o di nanishi

issuing through throath and nose,

na punt'i boka o ku'n seña

lip pursing and more non-vocalizing.

 

pregon ku koro         call and response

 

ma nase ku mi lenga na boka

my language is born at first breath

m’a krese ku palabra di mi mama

my mother’s words nurture me

un dedikashon na erkimo candelaria

dedicated to erquimo candelaria

na luis daal, pierre lauffer

to luis daal, pierre lauffer,

i ellis juliana

and ellis juliana

 

ay den plasa o den  barberia

my language trives in the market, in the barbershop

ora' pidi man o divorsiá

when proposing and when divorcing

for di chikitu te ku bo bira bieu

from cradle to rocking chair

para na tranké i grita cola

at the fence call on Colá to sing and spread the news

ta yu ohochi di mi mama e ta

as dedicated twin son of our mother

ma nase ku mi lenga na boka

my language is born at first breath

mi lenga a originá den sanktuario di Afrika

my language comes forth from sanctity of Africa      

ku den segundo guera mundial ta 

even in the second world war to serve

kera hasi"é lenga universal

as alternate universal language

mi lenga ta papiá kurason

my language speaks the essence of   

e  Sagrado Religion di Mentú...ayay

the sacred teachings of the Mentú

ma nase ku mi lenga na boka

my language is born at first breath