Zumbi Morreu

71

Song Lyrics

Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmãoZumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão

O seu quilombo foi criado

De salvação o batizou

Onde negro era gente

E sentia menos dor


Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão


Sua mãe ele deixou

Com a dor no coração

Por saber que ela iria

Sofrer na escravidão


Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão


Só depois de muito tempo

Que veio acontecer

O quilombo foi traido

E Zumbi a falecer

English translations

Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother

Your Quilombo was created

Salvation of the baptized

Where was black people

And felt less pain


Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother


His mother left him

With the heartache

Knowing she would

Suffer in slavery


Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother


Only after a long time

What happened

The Quilombo was betrayed

And Zumbi died


History and sentiment behind song

The song is about Zumbi who is regarded in Afro-Brazilian culture as a powerful symbol of resistance against the enslavement of Africans in the colony of Brazil.

Zumbi was also known as Zumbi dos Palmares he was Brazilian of Kongo/Angola origin and a Quilombola leader. He was the last of the Kings of the Quilombo of Palmares, a settlement of Afro-Brazilian people who had liberated themselves from enslavement in that same settlement (present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil). Zumbi became an icon for his own people, and some believed that he was part human and part God, that he was inhabited by African minds of Orixás. It is in 1694 that commanders Domingos Jorge Velho and Vieira de Mello, supported by powerful artillery, carried a destructive assault on Palmares. After valiant fighting, Zumbi, seriously wounded, was forced to flee into the jungle. On November 20, 1695, Zumbi is betrayed by a general of the Quilombo, named Antônio Soares who had been tortured and revealed where Zumbi was hiding. Once found, Zumbi was stabbed in the stomach and killed by the Portuguese army in the Serra Dois Irmãos.

Zumbi once said : "The one who doesn’t want to be a slave is not scared of dying"


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Zumbi Morreu

71

By Mestre Bigodinho

CAPOEIRA MUSIC


Song Lyrics

Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmãoZumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão

O seu quilombo foi criado

De salvação o batizou

Onde negro era gente

E sentia menos dor


Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão


Sua mãe ele deixou

Com a dor no coração

Por saber que ela iria

Sofrer na escravidão


Zumbi morreu morreu

Morreu por traição

Ele fugiu da senzala

Para a luta meu irmão


Só depois de muito tempo

Que veio acontecer

O quilombo foi traido

E Zumbi a falecer

English Translation

Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother

Your Quilombo was created

Salvation of the baptized

Where was black people

And felt less pain


Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother


His mother left him

With the heartache

Knowing she would

Suffer in slavery


Zumbi died died

Died for treason

He fled the Senzala

To fight my brother


Only after a long time

What happened

The Quilombo was betrayed

And Zumbi died


History and sentiment behind song

The song is about Zumbi who is regarded in Afro-Brazilian culture as a powerful symbol of resistance against the enslavement of Africans in the colony of Brazil.

Zumbi was also known as Zumbi dos Palmares he was Brazilian of Kongo/Angola origin and a Quilombola leader. He was the last of the Kings of the Quilombo of Palmares, a settlement of Afro-Brazilian people who had liberated themselves from enslavement in that same settlement (present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil). Zumbi became an icon for his own people, and some believed that he was part human and part God, that he was inhabited by African minds of Orixás. It is in 1694 that commanders Domingos Jorge Velho and Vieira de Mello, supported by powerful artillery, carried a destructive assault on Palmares. After valiant fighting, Zumbi, seriously wounded, was forced to flee into the jungle. On November 20, 1695, Zumbi is betrayed by a general of the Quilombo, named Antônio Soares who had been tortured and revealed where Zumbi was hiding. Once found, Zumbi was stabbed in the stomach and killed by the Portuguese army in the Serra Dois Irmãos.

Zumbi once said : "The one who doesn’t want to be a slave is not scared of dying"

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