Contemporary Melanesian Song No. 8

‘Respecting One Another’ by Stan Antas of Vanuatu (2014) [Source: YouTube]

This reggae song by Ni-Vanuatu musician, Stanleyson Antas, lead singer of the reggae band The Earth Force (and featuring school children from around Efate Island), was sponsored by UNICEF to raise awareness of bullying and violence in schools. I features a bilingual lyric – English and Bislama – and concentrates on Vanuatu’s key cultural value: rispek or respect.

Respecting One Another

By Stan Antas

[Transcribed by Michael Webb and Ross Webb]

 REFRAIN

Stan: Children come together respecting one another

Children: Respect you, so you respect me

VERSE

Ting baot wan ia we yu skul wetem

Hemi i defren, nogat tumas fren

So wan i wantem spolem and wan i wantem wipim

Wanem we yu mekem wan de bae yu fesem

So lead by example and represent the truth

Represent the truth from the respect youth

Remember dis se mi olsem yu

So mi mi olsem yu

Yu yu olsem mi

We got to respect one another (respect one another)

REFRAIN

Stan: Children come together respecting one another

Children: Respect you, so you respect me

Stan: Yu rabisim one another mo spoelim one another

Children: Respect you, so you respect me

VERSE

Hem i a rude boy, a bad hearted schoolboy

He learn from his papa

Cos his papa hit his good wife

She bin a rude gel

Always [?] school gel

Always on the mobile phone

Mo bad attitude gel

Yu save rispek

Hemi stat long home

Bifo yu go long skul or community blong wol

Pasin blong stronghed

Mo kain rabis pasin

Yumi mas stopem from future, for tomorrow

SPOKEN

Yes children

If we unite against violence

REFRAIN

Children come together

Respecting one another

Children: Rispek yu so yu rispek mi

Stan: We rabisim wananata, spoelem wananata.

Children: Rispek yu so yu rispek mi

Stan: Children come together

Respecting one another

Children: Rispek yu so yu rispek mi

 

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