Inside Manus

[Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 15 April 2016]

Andy and Ian present a show on refugee detention on Manus and Nauru and its consequences. You can listen to the show on demand here or listen to the podcast on Paradigm Shift’s soundcloud archive. The link is below.

After the interview, Andy and Ian discuss targeting companies that benefit from inhuman offshore detention organised by successive governments.

The show ends with a few words by a refugee from Guatemala at a recent BBQ put on by the Qld Council of Unions (QCU) and a song of hope and identity, Cantombe Mulato, by Jumping Fences. The lyrics and my (poor) translation are in the comments section.

Ian Curr
17 April 2016

Playlist
Tu P feat Lex Primost – Border Force (f)Act(s)
Phil Monsour – Who killed Reza Berati?
Ollie MC feat Izzy Brown – AZADI
Jumping Fences – Cantombe Mulato

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2 thoughts on “Inside Manus”

  1. If anyone has a better translation please put it in comments below.

    Negro con rasgos de blanco
    Blanco con rasgos de negro
    Nunca quieras ocultar
    Lo que te viene de dentro. 

    En el fondo de la sangre
    Llevas dos sangres latiendo
    Nunca quieras apagar
    El tambor de los abuelos.

    Cha, cha, mulato
    Cha, cha, mulato
    Cha, cha, mulato venga esa mano
    Que hace chas, chas, en el tamboril.
    Cha, cha, mulato venga esa mano
    Que hace chas, chas, en el tamboril.

    Mezcla de negro y de blanco
    Mezcla de blanco y de negro
    Vamos, vamos de una vez
    Al tambor de los abuelos.

    Baila, baila, pero piensa
    Que la vida no es un juego
    Ni darse a la zamba, son
    Con dinero o sin dinero.

    Cha, cha, mulato
    Cha, cha, mulato
    Cha, cha, mulato venga esa mano
    Que hace chas, chas, en el tamboril.
    Cha, cha, mulato venga esa mano
    Que hace chas, chas, en el tamboril.

    La vida no es mulato
    Cosa de sangre o de pelo
    Que el hombre piensa mejor
    Con el estomago lleno

    Baila, baila, pero piensa
    Que debes poner el seso
    Para que piensen mejor
    Los hombres del mundo entero.
    Para que piensen mejor
    Los hombres del mundo entero.

    Black and white
    White and black
    You can’t hide
    What’s inside you.

    You can’t cut off
    the drums of your
    ancestors

    Cha, cha, Mulatto
    Cha, cha, Mulatto
    Cha, cha, Mulatto that hand come
    It makes chas, chas, on the tambourine.
    Cha, cha, Mulatto that hand come
    It makes chas, chas, on the tambourine.

    Mix black and white
    Mixture of white and black
    Come on, listen to the rhythm,
    Dance, dance, but think

    Dance, dance, but think
    That life is not a game
    Come and join together,
    Come and join together,
    Join in this Candombe,
    Dance, Dance, come on,
    With or without your money

    Cha, cha, Mulatto
    Cha, cha, Mulatto
    Cha, cha, Mulatto that hand come
    It makes chas, chas, on the tambourine.
    Cha, cha, Mulatto that hand come
    It makes chas, chas, on the tambourine.

    Life is not Mulatto
    Thing of blood or of hair
    People think better
    on a full stomach

    Dance, dance, but think
    You need sas
    To think better
    The people of the world.
    To think better
    All the people of the world.

    Candombe Mulato

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