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Tausug Song

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Frosty

The following is a song in the dialect Tausug (pronounced T'ah oo sug), which is spoken in Sulu...

I'm trying to learn it, but I need help figuring out the melody. If anyone has a midi file on their computer of the melody, or a sound recording, kindly send it to me.

 

 

Saupama magbanka-bangka

In alun landu dakula

Hi Sabros nagkalalawa

(or Sisabros)

Hi dayang sadja ha laum dila

 

(Saw umm pama mag bonka bonka?)

 

 

Saupama magbangka-bangka

In alun landu makusug

Hi Sabrus nagkalulunod

(Sisabros)

Hi dayang sadja ha laum simud

 

Saupama miyatay aku

Unu na in hinangun mu?

Sari na in kasi-lasa

magba-ak da kita ha laum dunya

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CaptainJackson

Hi bamboo,

Do you know what this (loosly) translates to?

Just curious.

Edited by Talisayus

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Aerosick
Hi bamboo,

Do you know what this (loosly) translates to?

Just curious.

 

(and don't call me bamboo... :lol: )

 

This is a song about love, friendship, and relationship. Below is a loose translation. Some people say "Sabrus" was the name of a

boat others say it is an acronym for "Sisters and brothers". But whatever its original meaning was, this song was a big hit in Jolo

since it first came out in the 50s. It continues to be a popular and sentimental song about our beloved town that has not recovered from the devastation of a 30 year civil war.

 

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Saupama magbanka-bangka

In alun landu dakula

Hi Sabros nagkalalawa

(or Sisabros)

Hi dayang sadja ha laum dila

Suppose I went boating

The waves are so large

And Sabrus is getting lost

(Brothers and sisters are..)

You, my dearest, are in our thoughts.

(literal: at tip of my tongue)

 

Saupama magbangka-bangka

In alun landu makusug

Hi Sabrus nagkalulunod

(Sisabros)

Hi dayang sadja ha laum simud

 

Suppose I went sailing

The waves are so strong

And Sabrus is sinking

(brothers and sisters are...)

I cry out for you my dearest

(literal: inside my mouth)

 

Saupama miyatay aku

Unu na in hinangun mu?

Sari na in kasi-lasa

magba-ak da kita ha laum dunya

 

Suppose I died

What would you do?

Never mind, my dear love

We'll see each in the other world.

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CaptainJackson
(and don't call me bamboo... :lol: )

 

Wow, bam-sick, or Aero-boo,

That is a sad song.

Thanks for the translation.

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Paul

Okay, I have to ask... Billy, are you fluent in Tausug? I mean, did you learn that since we last saw each other?

 

Or, are you a master of surprise? :lol:

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Aerosick

I've gone from gargling, gurgling to googling...

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Frosty

No one here is fluent in T'ausug... but the translation is fairly available on the internet.

 

it is the last part I like:

 

Saupama miyatay aku

 

Apparently Saupama means "suppose." Miyatay means death or died... according to someone i know. and she said "aku" is just "ako" (me)

 

Unu na in hinangun mu?

Sari na in kasi-lasa

magba-ak da kita ha laum dunya

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Ginamos

Wow, great words, I'll have try to find the music.

 

I'd read that Tausug was a Visayan dialect, but it doesn't look very close to Cebuano.

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