Qemaiaqaiam

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Tribal song from Puyuma tribe 卑南族, taught by Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe

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Qemaiaqaiam (Women sing) Translation:
1. The leader tells us
2. The leader we chose
3. Each family spreads the word and works together
(verses not sung during performance):
4. That one with the cut hair
5. He consults with us all there
6. So we agree to act together
7. The men bring the women wickers from the mountain to take to the gathering place
8. Everyone holds the wickers tight
9. From afar, the streams of flowers in the women’s hair seem to dance in the wind
10. We bring the wickers through the south king’s main door
11. When the women bring their wickers to the tribe’s gathering place, the ceremony ends
Kumuli Ku Lis
1. We want to end this Qemaiaqaiam song
2. We sing with beauty
3. We give thanks to the men who prepared the wickers for us

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from Inner Chapters, track released August 17, 2010
Jen Shyu, vocals & piano; Tribal song from Puyuma tribe 卑南族, taught by Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe

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NEW 2015 ALBUM on Pi! pirecordings.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-and-cries-of-the-world: Experimental vocalist,composer,multi-instrumentalist,dancer,Doris Duke Impact Awardee,Fulbright scholar, having worked w/ Steve Coleman & Anthony Braxton, Shyu has produced 6 albums,becoming the 1st female+ vocalist leader on Pi. She is currently touring "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths,"dir. by Garin Nugroho. ... more

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  • Dec 07
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

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