Chapo Pou Fanm Recording #1: Vox Femina Los Angeles. Iris Levine, Conductor.
Chapo Pou Fanm Recording #2: Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club. Richard Schnipke, Conductor.
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( Traducción al Español abajo )
About the work:
Chapo Pou Fanm is a lyrical hymn to women around the globe. Yet it has an upbeat, martial feeling—like a military parade march—showcasing in song women’s strength and natural leadership:
“We balance out democracy
And we will fight until the end! . . .
To spread around justice
To bring a change to all countries.”
English Translation of Haitian Creole text:
Hats Off To Women
For all women who fought in the history of all countries,
For all of us now and all the ones to come,
Hats off, hats off! Bravo, bravo!
Let us shout Hooray!
It is inside us that Kings are made,
In our bellies that Presidents blossom,
We balance out democracy,
And we will fight until the end!
We will fight until the end,
To spread around justice,
To bring a change to all countries,
To bring a smile to life.
For centuries they have suffered,
Pinched their nose to drink smelly water,
But one fine day they revolted
So they could change Humanity.
In Asia, in America,
In Europe like in Africa,
Elbow to elbow all women rose,
Hand in hand to bring a change.
Hats off, hats off! Hats off to women!
Hooray for women…
(See complete Text and Translation below.)
Practice Track and audio Pronunciation Guide of the text are also below.
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Text / English Translation / Traducción al Español
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