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Ayiti, 1. Lesklavaj {2011}

Ayiti Recording: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Conductor.


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( Traducción al Español abajo )

English Translation of Haitian Creole text:

1- Slavery
I come from Africa, the land of my father.
From the French, Hispanic and English ships,
I landed in the Americas, the unfamiliar land.
This is Haiti, this is my story.

I come from Africa with my strong religion,
With banbous, drums, with all my soul.
Right when I debarked, the villains muted me.
They swore a thousand times they would convert me.

They did all they could to make me lose my mind,
To forget my ancestors who are still in Africa.
Thus I cut the chords with words of Liberty,
Words of Equality, words of Dignity.

I spent three hundred years under the chains of slavery;
Night and day I struggled with work,
Carrying loads on my head, loads on my shoulders,
For others to rejoice in the metropolitan lands.
Slavery is revulsion!

I come from Africa, the land of my father.
From the French, Hispanic and English ships,
I landed in the Americas, the unfamiliar land.
This is Haiti, this is my story…

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Text / English Translation / Traducción al Español