Aiê O Berimbau Aiê

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Song Lyrics

Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Haviam dois reis

Um reinado uma história

Um defende a Regional

Outro defende a Angola

Oh aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Era princesa

Mas a corte não queria

Que Dona Isabel Assinasse a carta de alforria

Mas ela assinou


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Rei Ganga-zumba

Que foi sangue de Zumbi

E foi Zumbi Que gritou a liberdade

Ate o fim

Aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Aiê que chama Terra

Terra que é da nossa gente

De um povo que sofreu

Mas arrebentou corrente

Eu disse aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê

English Translation

Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


There were two kings

One reign one story

One defends Regional

Another defends Angola

Oh there


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


She was a princess

But the court did not want

That Dona Isabel sign the manumission letter

But she signed


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


King Ganga-zumba

That was Zumbi's blood

And it was Zumbi Who screamed for freedom

Till the end

Aiê


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê


Aiê that calls Terra

Land that belongs to our people

From a people who suffered

But it broke the chain

I said there


Aiê, aiê Aiê o Berimbau Aiê

History and sentiment behind song

The song references Ganga Zumba, he was a slave who escaped bondage on a sugar plantation and eventually rose to the position of highest authority within the kingdom of Palmares, and the corresponding title of Ganga Zumba. Although some Portuguese documents regard Ganga Zumba as his proper name, and this name is widely used today, the most important of the documents translates the name as "Great Lord."

Zumbi was one of Ganga Zumba's nephews. Zumbi's mother Sabina was a sister of Ganga Zumba, who is said to have been the son of Princess Aqualtune, daughter of an unknown King of Kongo. It is unknown if Zumbi's mother was also daughter of the Princess, but this still makes him related to the Kongo nobility. Zumbi and his relatives are of Central African descent.

The song references Princess Isabel who abolished slavery. Although she signed the “Golden Law” cancelling abolitionism the song praises Zumbi for the freedom.