Drume Negrita A Cradle Song by Eliseo Grenet (L. Brouwer)

Livia Faverey sings Drume Negrita (Eliseo Grenet 1893-1950, Léo Brouwer 1939)

Translation of the Lyrics:

Sleep my little black baby
And I will buy for you a new baby crib
That should have a top cap and also a bell
If you sleep I will bring you a very red mamey (This is a kind of fruit)
If you don’t I will bring you a babalao (This is a Santaria priest)
That will give you paupau (This means stick)

The feet of the little black baby come out of her crib
And the black Merce’ doesn’t know what to do