WILDERNIS! VOORZICHTIG! (Vertaling van het liedje ‘Busbusi! Safsafri!’)

Ik ben bang!

Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Loop met wijsheid!
Aha

Ik let goed op.
Jij let goed op.
Wij letten goed op.
Open je ogen om te kijken!
De jaguar leeft daar.

Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Loop met wijsheid!
Aha

Ik was bang.
Jij was bang.
Wij waren bang.
Haal geen grappen uit!
De jaguar leeft daar.

Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Loop met wijsheid!
Aha

Oho, oho, oeh

Ik zal me verschuilen ergens.
Jij zult je verschuilen ergens.
Wij zullen ons verschuilen ergens.
Ga niet slapen!
De jaguars leven daar.

Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Wildernis! Voorzichtig!
Loop met wijsheid!
Aha

Ik ben bang! Ik ben bang! Ik ben bang!
Ik wil leven.
Ga weg! Ga weg! Ga weg! Ga weg!
Weg! Weg! Weg! Weg!
Ga weg!

Geschreven door Ryan Maurice Roemer

BUSBUSI! SAFSAFRI! (funny song in Sranan Tongo language)

A Tigri e Libi ini a Sranan Busbusi, English title: The Jaguar Lives in the Wilderness of Suriname.

The first part of the video plays a song in Sranan Tongo language. Sranan Tongo is the native language of my parents from Suriname, but I cannot speak this language. That’s why I mispronounce all words in this song. It’s so funny.

In the second part of the video I talk about protecting jaguars in the Amazon rainforest. The documentary part shows real jaguars in a zoo in the Netherlands.

Written and created by Ryan Maurice Roemer in 2014.

BUSBUSI! SAFSAFRI! (lyrics)

Mi frede!

Busbusi! Safsafri!
Busbusi! Safsafri!
Waka nanga koni!
Aha

Mi e luku bun.
Yu e luku bun.
Wi e luku bun.
Opo yu ai luku!
A tigri e libi drape.

Busbusi! Safsafri!
Busbusi! Safsafri!
Waka nanga koni!
Aha

Mi ben frede.
Yu ben frede.
Wi ben frede.
No kon nanga keskes’ sani!
A tigri e libi drape.

Busbusi! Safsafri!
Busbusi! Safsafri!
Waka nanga koni!
Aha

Oho, oho, oeh

Mi o kibri wan presi.
Yu o kibri wan presi.
Wi o kibri wan presi.
No go sribi!
Den tigri e libi drape.

Busbusi! Safsafri!
Busbusi! Safsafri!
Waka nanga koni!
Aha

Mi frede! Mi frede! Mi frede!
Mi wani libi.
Go gwe! Go gwe! Go gwe! Go gwe!
Gwe! Gwe! Gwe! Gwe!
Go gwe!

Lyrics written by Ryan Maurice Roemer on 6 June 2011.

THE 2014 NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT IN THE HAGUE: FIGHT FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT!

I give my opinion about the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the World Forum Convention Center in my home city The Hague. At the end of this video I play a song that I wrote: A strong bull gets bullied around.

NACHTVLINDER (songtekst)

Nachtvlinder

Jij flonkert in de nacht.

Jij verlicht het verborgen pad.

Nachtvlinder

Geen angst voor duisternis.

Voor jou geen hindernis.

Nachtvlinder

Dansend in eenzaamheid.

Vliegen maakt je vrij.

Nachtvlinder

Boodschapper van de nacht.

Het geheim van heilige kracht.

 

Tekst geschreven door Ryan Maurice Roemer op 26 december 2011.
Ik begon met het schrijven van dit lied in 1994 toen ik 16 jaar was.

RACISME BESTAAT NOG STEEDS (English: Racism still exists)

Ongelooflijk dat veel mensen denken dat racisme niet meer bestaat. Alsof dat iets van het verleden is. Maar helaas behoort racisme helemaal niet tot het verleden. Het is overal en vooral internet laat zien dat er nog veel mensen met racistische denkbeelden rondlopen. Ook in Nederland zijn er nog veel racisten. Ze maken smakeloze grappen over een goede man, Nelson Mandela, die een uiterst belangrijke bijdrage geleverd heeft aan de afschaffing van apartheid in Zuid-Afrika. Lees het artikel in de Waterkant maar eens. Racisten vergelijken Mandela met Zwarte Piet. Het artikel laat dus duidelijk zien dat er wel een verband is tussen Zwarte Piet en racisme.

(ENGLISH)

It’s hard to believe that many people think that racism doesn’t exist anymore. They think racism belongs to the past. But unfortunately, racism doesn’t belong to the past at all. It’s everywhere and especially the internet shows us there are still many people with racist ideas in this world. There are also many racists in the Netherlands. They make nasty jokes about a good man, Nelson Mandela, who was responsible for ending the apartheid system in South Africa. Just read the article from the Waterkant newspaper. Racists compare Mandela to Black Pete. So the article clearly shows there is a connection between Black Pete and racism.

De dood van Mandela en het racisme in Nederland

http://www.waterkant.net/suriname/2013/12/06/de-dood-van-mandela-en-het-racisme-in-nederland/

DE EMANCIPATIE VAN ZWARTE PIET: Pieterbaas en de Witte Sinterklazen (satire film)

 

(English title) THE EMPOWERMENT OF BLACK PETE: Saint Pete and White Nicholas

Satirical film about the annual Sinterklaas and Black Pete tradition in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Sinterklaas feast is racist. Change the position of Black Pete! Let’s empower Black Pete!
In this film the tables are turned: Black Pete is the boss and Saint Nicholas is the servant.

According to history the servant of Sinterklaas (= Saint Nicholas) was a white person originally, but the servant became a blackface under the influence of the Atlantic slave trade and colonialism in past centuries. At that time the Dutch created a story that the servant had fallen through a chimney and became black and his hair became afro suddenly. The Dutch Kingdom had colonies such as Suriname and Curacao. Blackface became a representation of black people in those colonies, because blackface has a big afro and he used to talk with a Surinamese or Antillean accent back in the 1980s when I was a child. In the Netherlands and Belgium people call him Black Pete (= Zwarte Piet). He’s dressed up in a typical costume of Moorish servants in Spain in the 19th century.

I’m a black man. Honestly, when I was a little child, I looked forward to Sinterklaas and Black Pete every year, because they give candies and presents to children. They visited my school in The Hague every year. Many times I was the only black child in the class room. Every year the teachers made me and other kids dress up as Black Pete to welcome Sinterklaas to our school. All white children and some teachers put black paint on their faces to look like blackface. They always told me I didn’t have to put any paint on my face, because my skincolor is brown already. So I’ve never put any paint on my face and I’m glad I never had to do this. Also my mother always refused to put black paint on my face, because she believes blackface is racist. That’s why I also don’t have any paint on my face in this short film that I directed in 2013.

As a child growing up in the 1980s I enjoyed the Sinterklaas and Black Pete tradition, but at the same time I also felt insulted that Black Pete was a representation of the stereotypical “dumb black person”, because Black Pete could not speak Dutch decently and he was really bad at math. He was just the dumb black servant of Sinterklaas. This is racist and that’s why so many people of African descent feel insulted by the figure of blackface. I don’t think that all Dutch or Belgian white people are racists, but a lot of them are racists, sadly. If you ignore the feelings and pain of black minorities in your country or deny our right to protest, then you are a racist. Yes, I know that black people can be racists too, but that’s not really the issue here. Sinterklaas is a white man’s party which is kind of insulting for black people because of the character Black Pete. By the way, Holland is my country too, because I was born and raised here and I pay taxes. We have a right to express our opinions in a democracy and we should have the freedom to challenge the system in any way possible. You may not like that, but you just have to deal with it!

At last, I’d like to say that I don’t want to ban the Sinterklaas feast, but I do think we should change the looks of his servants. Stop making your faces black and stop wearing an afro wig! I think that the “Roetveegpiet” (= Sooty face) or the “Regenboogpiet” (= Rainbow face) is a great solution. Then all people, young and old, black and white, will be able to enjoy the Sinterklaas tradition.

Filmed in Westduinpark, The Hague.
Written, produced and directed by Ryan Maurice Roemer.
Filming & video editing by Alexander Contreras.