Yamko Rambe Yamko, a Folk Song from Papua

The Papuan people has always been keen in expressing their feelings and thoughts through arts. It could be crafts, music or decoration. One of the most popular way to express their feeling is by music, as music has already been a part of their life. One of the most famous folk songs from Papua is Yamko rambe Yamko.

YAMKO RAMBE YAMKO

Hee Yamko Rambe Yamko

Aronawa Kombe

Hee Yamko Rambe Yamko

Aronawa Kombe

Temino Kibe Kubano Ko Bombe Ko

Yuma No Bungo Awe Ade

Temino Kibe Kubano Ko Bombe Ko

Yuma No Bungo Awe Ade

Hongke Hongke, Hongke Riro

Hongke Jombe, Jombe Riro

Hongke Hongke, Hongke Riro

Hongke Jombe, Jombe Riro

Translation:

Hi dear the road being sought is promised

Hi dear the road being sought is promised

Oh the killings in the country

Oh the killings in the country – to become the flowers of the nation

The flowers of the nation, flowers of the nation – scattered flowers – at the garden of heroes

The flowers of the nation, flowers of the nation – scattered flowers – at the garden of heroes

The flowers of the nation, flower of the nation, scattered flowers

The flowesr of the nation, flowers of the nation,  flowers grow

The writer of this folk song from Papua is unknown. This song has a fast and cheerful rhythm, which is why it is very easy to remember. However, on the contrary, this song has a sad meaning. The meaning of this song is “The search for the road” and it is embedded with a lot of mind provoking thoughts.

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Yamko Rambe Yamko is a song about the war in Papua that happened in the past. This song is full of the spirit of  patriotism. In this song, the first person sings of his/her desire be the flower of the nation, which means he/she is willing to sacrifice and defend Indonesia from the former imperialist that was once colonized Indonesia.

This song is one of the folk songs sung by students at school. This song would also be sung at special events such as at the Independence of the Republic of Indonesiachoir competitions or cultural events. There is also special dances to accompany this song, where the dancers hold traditional Papuan spears to symbolize the willingness to sacrifice.


 

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