Monday, September 12, 2005

Filhos de Gandhi

Yahoo's launchcast continues to expand my musical horizons. At this moment it's playing a great little song with an intriguing title --- "Filhos de Gandhi" by Gilberto Gil. Both artist and song are completely new to me.

Finding the lyrics here didn't help in figuring out what the word Gandhi is doing in the title of a Brazilian song. (My portuguese is very rusty :) --- a translation into english would be appreciated).

A few minutes of googling later, I now know that Gilberto Gil is a famous brazilian singer (in the league of Caetano Veloso --- who I have heard of). Filhos de Gandhi ("Sons of Gandhi") is a musical group that performs during Carnival, and according to wikipedia:

In 1949, a group called Filhos de GhandiGandhi began playing afoxê during Carnaval parades in Salvador; their name translates as Sons of GhandiGandhi, associating black Brazilian activism with Mahatma GhandiGandhi's Indian independence movement. The Filhos de GhandiGandhi's 1949 appearance was also revolutionary because, up until then, the Carnaval parades in Salvador were meant only for light-skinned people.

But what exactly the song says is still a mystery. Here's the portuguese :

Omolu, Ogum, Oxum, Oxumaré, todo o pessoal
Manda descer pra ver Filhos de Gandhi
Iansã, Iemanjá, chama Xangô, Oxossi também
Manda descer pra ver Filhos de Gandhi
Mercador, Cavaleiro de Bagdá
Oh, Filhos de Obá
Manda descer pra ver Filhos de Gandhi
Senhor do Bonfim, faz um favor pra mim
Chama o pessoal
Manda descer pra ver Filhos de Gandhi
Oh, meu Deus do céu, na terra é carnaval
Chama o pessoal
Manda descer pra ver Filhos de Gandhi

2 Comments:

Blogger Manish said...

Here's the Babelfish machine translation:

Omolu, Ogum, Oxum, Oxumaré, all the staff Orders to go down pra to see Children of Gandhi Iansã, Iemanjá, calls Xangô, Oxossi also Orders to go down pra to see Children of Gandhi Merchant, Knight of Bagdá Oh, Children of Obá Manda to go down pra to see Children of Gandhi Gentleman of the Bonfim, makes a favor pra me Flame the staff Orders to go down pra to see Children of Gandhi Oh, my God of the sky, in the land is carnival Flame the staff Orders to go down pra to see Children of Gandhi

11/13/2005 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger ashvin said...

Thanks. It gives the gist of the song I suppose, though it would help to have a translation from Babelfish pidgin english :)

11/13/2005 04:45:00 PM  

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