It’s been a little while I haven’t started a new week with a song that takes us somewhere in the world!
But during my recent travels in Greenland, I have discovered the band Sume and I’m very keen to share this finding.
Sume was a huge band in Greenland; OK Greenland is a small place with no more inhabitants than would fit in a football stadion, but still, Sume was a huge band there.
In the 1970s, it was a bit the Beatles of Greenland, but with a political tint. The first rock band formed there, it created a musical revolution in a country that did not really have a musical culture – or culture at all – other than the ancestral one of the Inuit people.
It was such revolution that a film was released recently, called The Sound of a Revolution, that takes us back to those times when a national sentiment emerged in Greenland, and the role the band played in society.
Today Greenland is largely autonomous, but still part of Denmark, and whether the country should try and go independent or not is a constant debate in the Greenlandic society.
I’ve selected this particular song from Sume because I’ve heard it a lot there, indicating that it’s a very famous one, and because of its lyrics, found in original Greenlandic language and translated here. Have a look:
We came here in ancient times (reference to the native Inuits who came from Canada and settled a very long time ago)
To these lands where we now roam
Utilizing their resources, getting power from them,
It is for future generations
What our ancestor’s upheld
It is the land of the Inuit
It will be theirs, it will be theirs forever
Then came the quallunaat – the white people – with their way of life
They called themselves holy
And wanted to influence us
Their masters decreed they should rule our lands
And take possession of their resources
Have a travel-inspired week!
This post is part of a weekly event called The Monday Travel song. You can participate, too, by doing the following:
- Create your own post every Monday and title it The Monday travel song: xxx by xxx
- Include a link to a song (YouTube link or other)
- It must be a song which is linked to a geography. For example, a Russian song, a Chinese song, a Scottish song… (it can be from your own country every now and then, but remember the purpose is to get others to virtually travel!)
- Your post doesn’t have to be long, but do tell us a little bit about the song… for example by telling about the lyrics, about the composer, about the style…
- Include a link to my own Monday travel song in your post tag it “Monday-travel-song” so others can find it too