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From Mestre Acordeon's latest album "Força das Águas"

"Tráfico do Negro"

performed by Profesor Salê

 

Á muito tempo por aqui chegava

Ah MOOEE-tooh tehm-pooh pohr AH-keeh sheh-GAH-vah

A long time ago, here arrived  

uma terrível maldição

OOH-mah terh-HEEH-vehw mahw-deeh-SOWNH

a terrible curse

ela vinha pelo mar 

EH-lah VEENH-yah PEH-looh marh

she came by the sea

e trazía de lá

eeh trah-ZEE-ah deeh lah

and brought from there 

saudades, dor, destruição

sauh-DAH-jeez, dorh, dehs-true-eeh-SOWNH 

longing, pain, destruction

tráfico de negro se acabou

TRAH-feeh-cooh deeh NEH-groo see ah-kah-BOH

the trafficking of blacks is over 

tumbeiro não vai mais chegar

tomb-BAY-rooh nowhn vye myez sheh-GARH

the slave ship will no longer arrive


manchas de sangue marcou aquela guerra

MAHN-shahs deeh SAHN-ghee marh-KOH ah-KEH-lah GHEH-hah

blood stains  marked that war

lágrimas do porto ficou

LAH-gree-mahs dooh PORH-tooh feeh-KOH

tears of the port stayed

adeus meu pai, minha mãe

ah-DEHWS mehw pie, MEEHN-yah mie

Goodbye my father, my mother

adeus meus filhos, meu amor

ah-DEHWS mehwz FEEL-yoos

Goodbye my children, my love

adeus, adeus não sei pra onde vou

ah-DEHWS, ah-DEHWS nownh say prah OWN-jeeh voh

bye, bye I do not know where I am going

tráfico de negro se acabou

TRAH-feeh-cooh deeh NEH-groo see ah-kah-BOH

the trafficking of blacks is over

tumbeiro não vai mais chegar

tomb-BAY-rooh nowhn vye myez sheh-GARH

the slave ship will no longer arrive


ai, ai meu Deus mas que terra distante

aye, aye mehw ah-DEHWS myez key TEH-hah dee-STAHN-chee

oh, oh my God, but what a distant land

ai que vontade de chorar

aye key vohn-TAH-jee dee shoh-RARH 

aye what a desire to cry 

tantos negros presos no porão

TAH-toos NEH-groos PREH-zoohs noo poh-ROWNH

many black prisoners down below in the ship's hold 

doentes não servía não

doo-EHN-chees nownh sehrh-VEE-ah nownh

the sick wouldn't be of use

eram jogado no mar ê, ê

EH-rahm joh-GAH-doo noo marh eh, eh

were thrown in the sea eh, eh

tráfico de negro se acabou

TRAH-feeh-cooh deeh NEH-groo see ah-kah-BOH

the trafficking of blacks is over

tumbeiro não vai mais chegar

tomb-BAY-rooh nowhn vye myez sheh-GARH

the slave ship will no longer arrive


aqui chegando eram rebatizados

AH-kee sheh-GAHN-doo EH-rahm hay-bah-chee-SAH-dooz

coming here they were renamed/rebaptized

Pedro passava se chamar João

PEH-droo pah-SAH-vah see shah-MARH zhoo-OWNH

Peter became known as John

negro chegava no cais

NEH-groo sheh-GAH-vah noo KYEZ

the black man arrived on the pier

ave Maria meu pai

AH-veh mah-REE-ah mehw pie

ave maria my father

seu passado não importava não

sehw pah-SAH-doo nownh eenh-porh-TAH-vah nownh

 your past did not matter (an alternative: your past was not imported)

tráfico de negro se acabou

TRAH-feeh-cooh deeh NEH-groo see ah-kah-BOH

the trafficking of blacks is over

tumbeiro não vai mais chegar

tomb-BAY-rooh nowhn vye myez sheh-GARH

the slave ship will no longer arrive


mas hoje quando berimbau toca

mayez OH-zhee KWAHN-doo beer-eem-BOW TOH-kah

but today when  the berimbau plays

alegria invade o meu coração

ah-leh-GREE-ah een-VAH-jee ooh mehw koh-rah-SOWNH

joy fills my heart

vejo o povo contente

VEH-zhoo ooh POH-vooh kon-TEHN-chee

I see the people happy

sem feitor, sem corrente

sehnh FAY-torh, sehnh korh-HEHN-chee

no overseer, no chains

adeus tombeiro, adeus escravidão

ah-DEHWS tohm-BAY-rooh, ah-DEHWS ehs-krah-vee-DOWNH

 goodbye slave ship, goodbye slavery

tráfico de negro se acabou

TRAH-feeh-cooh deeh NEH-groo see ah-kah-BOH

the trafficking of blacks is over

tumbeiro não vai mais chegar

tomb-BAY-rooh nowhn vye myez sheh-GARH

the slave ship will no longer arrive

 

      
 



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