Zumbi Zumbi Olha Zumbi


Song Lyrics

Zumbi, Zumbi, olha Zumbi!

Zumbi, Zumbi, olha Zumbi!


Palmares cresce sem parar

Lavoura, mutambo cobrem a região

Herdeiro de ganga zumba nasceu

Com destino traçado nas mãos

Bravo forte guerreiro

Deus da guerra, se fez na terra

A lenda de um herói


Zumbi, Zumbi, olha Zumbi!

Zumbi, Zumbi, olha Zumbi!


Mais olha o coco lá no alto do coqueiro

Ganga Zumba dá um coco pra quem sobe mais ligeiro

Ganga Zumba dá um coco pra quem sobe mais ligeiro

Mais se tem coco no coqueiro do Quilombo

Nego sobe mais ligeiro pra dar coco ao seu amor.


Zumbi, Zumbi, olha Zumbi!

English Translation

Zumbi, Zumbi, look at Zumbi!

Zumbi, Zumbi, look at Zumbi!


Palmares grows non-stop

Crops, mutambo cover the region

Heir of Gumba Zumbi was born

With destiny traced in the hands

Brave strong warrior

God of war, made on earth

The legend of a hero


Zumbi, Zumbi, look at Zumbi!

Zumbi, Zumbi, look at Zumbi!


Look at the coconut on top of the coconut tree

Ganga Zumba gives a coconut to those who climb faster

Ganga Zumba gives a coconut to those who climb faster

More if there is coconut in the quilombo coconut tree

Nego rises lighter to give coconut to his love.


Zumbi, Zumbi, look at Zumbi!

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.