Duerme, Negrito Filipino

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Photographs of Negrito people.
Song: Duerme negrito, by Mercedes Sosa.
In American-occupied Philippines,  w...
Photographs of Negrito people.
Song: Duerme negrito, by Mercedes Sosa.
In American-occupied Philippines,  while millions of mainstream Hispanic Filipinos were being slaughtered, and military restrictions prevented the movement of the American and local press, the lense  of Dean C. Worcester, president of the first Filipino Comission, provided the Americans with a fake, set-up collection of Filipinos as they should be seen: a bunch of tiny primitive tribes badly  in need of  Uncle Sam's protection. Black and white pictures belong to Dean C. Worcester's collection as kept at University of Michigan.

LETRA / LYRICS
Duerme, duerme negrito,
que tu mama tá en el campo,
negrito.

Duerme, duerme, mobila, 
que tu mama tá en el campo,
mobila.

Te va a traer codornices para ti,
te va a traer rica fruta para ti,
te va a traer carne de cerdo para ti,
te va a traer muchas cosas para ti.

Y si el negro no se duerme
viene el diablo blanco
y ¡zas!
le come la patita 
chicapumba,  chicapumpa,
apumba chicapún.

Duerme, duerme, negrito,
que tu mama tá en el campo,
negrito.

Trabajando,
trabajando duramente,
trabajando sí,
trabajando y va de luto,
trabajando sí,
trabajando y no le pagan,
trabajando sí,
pal negrito chiquitito,
trabajando sí.

Duerme, duerme negrito
.
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