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Nuwejaar / Daar Kom Die Alibama – Central Malay Choir

Nuwejaar / Daar Kom Die Alibama – Central Malay Choir (‘n Klopse Klopse Joke)

Cape Carnival by Central Malay Choir

Cape Carnival by Central Malay Choir

Woo-hoo, two for the price of one here, which means I will be able to squeeze an extra song into the list at the end – sneaky, I know. However, the sheer joie de vivre that the music of the Kaapse Klopse generates is enough to make you overlook infringements such as this and to go out and dance in the streets.

Nuwejaar and Daar Kom Die Alibama are probably the 2 most well known of songs of this genre and have been performed by countless artists over time. Nuwejaar (New Year for the non South Africans amongst you) is a celebration of, well, New Year, while Daar Kom Die Alibama is a song about the CSS Alabama, a Confederate ship during the American Civil war that made a stop in Cape Town in 1863 for repairs, and during its short stay there, made such an impression on the local population that the song was born, although I have been unable to find who actually penned this song.

The songs have also endeared themselves in the Boeremusiek arena and versions exist with the tune being carried by the accordion, but, if you want to stay true to the roots of the songs there is nothing quite like the banjo-powered versions and to my mind the Central Malay Choir’s version which appears on the compilation CD South African Souvenirs is as good a version as you could hope hear.

Where to find it:

South African Souvenirs – Various Artists (1993), Teal Records, TELCD 2346

Sound Offerings From South Africa, Vol 3 (Daar Kom Die Alibama) – Various Artists, Gallo, CDREDD662

Cape Carnival (Nuwejaar) – Central Malay Choir, Chrysalis, CDCARD6

Lyrics to Daar Kom Die Alibama:

AFRIKAANS

Daar kom die Alibama,
Die Alibama kom oor die see
Daar kom die Alibama,
Die Alibama kom oor die see.

Nooi Nooi die rietkooi nooi,
Die rietkooi is gemaak
Die rietkooi is vir my gemaak,
Om daar op te slap
Nooi Nooi die rietkooi nooi,
Die rietkooi is gemaak
Die rietkooi is vir my gemaak,
Om daar op te slap

O Alibama, die Alibama,
O Alibama kom oor die see
A Alibama, die Alibama,
O Alibama kom oor die see

ENGLISH

There comes the Alabama,
The Alabama comes over the sea,
There comes the Alabama,
The Alabama comes over the sea.

Girl, girl, the reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made
For me to sleep on.
Girl, girl, the reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made
For me to sleep on.

Oh, Alabama, the Alabama,
Oh, Alabama come over the sea,
Oh, Alabama, the Alabama,
Oh Alabama come over the sea.

Videos:

Daar Kom Die Alibama by The Goema Captains:

Nuwejaar by Drakensberg Boys Choir:

 

More info about the CSS Alabama

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3 thoughts on “Nuwejaar / Daar Kom Die Alibama – Central Malay Choir

  1. Genevieve Penshaw on said:

    HI,

    could you please assist me with the word for Welcome to Cape Town?

  2. Welkom na Kaapstad

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