Music From Saramaka
Where is Suriname?
Who are Maroons?
A woman made up this song in the mid-1960s, after a dam was built on the Suriname River and the northern villages of Saramaka began to be flooded. The people successfully sued the government of Surinam in 1997 — and won!
Here are the Lyrics!
Salamaka toonbe-oo, Salamaka toonbe, luku.
Salamaka toonbe-ee, Salamake toonbe-ee, gadu.
(Lendema-ee, Lendema-ee, Salamaka toonbe.)
Saramaka's fallen, Saramaka's fallen, look.
Saramaka's fallen, Saramaka's fallen, gods.
Lendema (manager of the hydro-electric project), Saramaka's fallen.