August 2021

"Oh sinhá eu vou cortar cana"

Na casa grande Mucama banhava sinhá
Na capela sinhá ia rezar
Sinhozinho cavalgava
Camiseta de seda, chapéu Panama
Mais eu aqui na senzala

 

Oh sinhá eu vou cortar cana,
canavie

Eu vou cortar pra depois
colher,
para colher

Eu vou botar cana pra
moenda,
para moer

Pro engenho enricar vosmecê,
enricar vosmecê

 

No mercado mais escravos negociados
Lá no tronco o nego
apanhava
No quilombo dos Palmares refugiados,
amanhã eu vou pra
capoeira

"Oh, I'm going to cut cane"

In the big house Mucama picked up sinhá (a person)

In the chapel i was going to pray

Sinhozinho rode

Silk shirt,
Panama hat

But I am here in the senzala

 

Oh, I'm going to cut cane,

Canavie (a proper term for sugar cane)

I'm going to cut it and then harvest it,

to harvest

I'm going to put sugarcane in the grindhouse,

to grind

Pro ingenuity to enrich you,

enrich you

 

In the market more slaves
traded

Back in the trunk the negro got caught

In the quilombo of the Palmares refugees,

tomorrow I'm going to (play) capoeira