RAINHA GINGA

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On the outskirts of my land
On the banks of the river Congo
Was born the most beautiful woman
The prettiest woman, Ginga

Laiaaia aia aiaié
Laiaaia aia aiaié

On the banks of the Zaire River
On the outskirts of my land
Was born the most beautiful woman
The prettiest woman, Ginga

Laiaaia aia aiaié
Laiaaia aia aiaié

I have no poem
To sing to you
I only have the
Rhythm to give
To you


description: “Rainha Ginga” [“Queen Ginga”], a song of praise for the legendary Bakongo queen who led the resistance against the early Portuguese colonialists, it also partakes of the tradition of the Portuguese medieval troubadours and expresses one of the most universal themes of all song and poetry: praise of an absent and beautiful beloved.