Manihot esculenta


Manioc Flower Woman (Lumu Sisa Mama)

Sung by Carmen Andi

Recorded and translated by Tod Swanson:

Women:

Manioc flower woman

Rising while it is still dark        

Carrying my basket        

I stand dancing.


Bean Mother                   

Planting beans             

When the beans ripen

I pick them and I take them 


Peanut flower mother

Planting my little peanuts

When the peanuts are ripe

i harvest them and eat


Men:

Manioc flower woman 

Rising while it is still dark

Carrying your basket      

You stand dancing

On sunny days and cloudy days

You stand straight like the callamballa (mushroom)                     

My beloved woman        

With what joy you work.


Warmiuna:                                            

Lumu sisa mamalla        
Llandu llandu atarisha   
Ashangara aparisha        
Tushushami shayauni      

Purutulla mamaga           
Purutulla tarpusha              
Purutu pukujpimi         
Pallashami apani            

Inzhij sisa mamaga       
Inzhijwara tarpusha        
Inzhijwa pukujpimi        
Pallashami mikuni           


Kariuna:                               

Lumu sisa mamalla                
Llandu, llandu atarisha           
Ashangara aparisha                
Baillashami shayaungui          

Indi llandu punzhapi            
Kallamballa shayaungui       
ñuka warmishitalla                
Ima kushi tarbangui!