La Negra Tiene Tumbao!

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    Hi,

    I love the late great Celia Cruz' 2001 blockbuster, "La Negra Tiene Tumbao". Because I do not speak Spanish, I have a vague notion of what it means but can someone help me in the translation. I know that "tumbao" is supposed to mean "swing" or "rhythm" but it seems to be meant more figuratively like the American vernacular phrase, "She's got it going on". All I know, is that I became addicted to this song as a result of her memorial exhibition, "Azucar!" For those who havent heard it here is the video. It is HAWT! YouTube - Celia Cruz - "La Negra Tiene Tumbao"=
     
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    Her orange wig looks like Ms. Peachez! LOLOL
     
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    Who is the Black Babe in the video? I would kill for those abs!
     
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    The Black Woman Has Rhythm
     
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    Don't get started on stereotypes... LOL

    I know PLENTY of Black people who don't have any rhythm and I get asked all the time how I, as a White guy, have rhythm. It's what we're exposed to and innately are given.

    You really don't want to see my choir in rehearsal when they start clapping and swaying and people knock into each other and clap on the wrong beats. I fall over laughing--it's a YouTube moment!
     
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    The Black Woman Has Rhythm is the english translation
     
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    LOL!

    Well, darling we all know you are a special case...I bet they cut their chicken with a fork and knife and refuse to eat watermelon in public as well.... LOL! Everybody wants to be...BOUGIE, BOUGIE!




     
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    Thanks, Kman and Pecker... That girl has a lot more than rhythm.... My mama would snatch me baldheaded acting like that! LOL!
     
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    OK, and you're not BOUGIE? LOLOLOL
     
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    Everybody knows I don't make generalizations.
     
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    Sweet one, I dont need to affect it. I just am the genuine article and you love me for it.... LOL! I do however also know how to keep it real. I will eat fried chicken with my fingers and will eat watermelon when the spirit hits me. However, I do put the bones rinds etc in the trash can.... LOL!
     
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    Yes, I do love you for your pure, unadulterated, unabashed, and unashamed bougieosity, complete with Neiman-Marcus cowboy boots at age 5. :biggrin1:
     
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    Don't confuse her with Coco, now.
     
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    There's no confusing, because they are one in the same. Jr. and Sr. versions of the same bougie princess :biggrin1:
     
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    Hey, Naughty.

    Tumbao is not rhythm, is a way of walking, just like she does, with arrogance, sexy arrogance.

    I´m not cuban neither english speaker but i´ll try to translate it. I won´t do it with rap.

    first ... WOOOWWWW!! Where are that kind of girls?

    Spanish

    Esa negrita que va caminando
    esa negrita tiene su tumbao
    y cuando la gente la va mirando
    ella baila de lao también apretao

    la negra tiene tumbao (azúcar)
    y no camina de lao

    si quieres llegar derecho
    mejor camina de frente
    para que no hayan tropiezos
    y vengas y te lamentes

    si quieres llegar primero
    mejor se corre despacio
    disfruta bien de la vida (cariño)
    aunque tomando medidas

    azúcar
    la negra tiene tumbao
    y no camina de lao

    cuando la gente se muere (ay dios mío)
    se dice que era tan buena
    tan buena cuando vivía
    como la noche y el día (¿tú crees?)

    que a mí me vengan a decir la verdad
    no aguanto ya más mentiras (siempre lo mismo)
    disfruta bien de la vida
    aunque tomando medidas

    azúcar
    la negra tiene tumbao
    y no camina de lao

    RAP

    esa negrita tiene tumbao
    todos la siguen por su caminao (2)


    english

    That lil´black girl walking along
    that lil´black girl has her tumbao
    and when people go looking at her
    she dances de lao, pretty aswell

    the blackgirl has tumbao
    and she doesn´t walk de lao

    if you want to come right
    better walk straight
    just for no slips
    and later come and cry

    if you want to come the first
    better run slowly
    enjoy well the life (darling or care)
    although just taking measures

    azúcar
    the blackgirl has tumbao
    and she doesn´t walk de lao

    when people die (oh, my god)
    it´s said that they were so good
    so good when they were alived
    as the night and the day (do you think?)

    i want they come to tell me the truth
    i don´t bear more lies already (always the same)
    enjoy well the life
    although just taking measures

    azúcar
    the blackgirl ...

    RAP

    this lil´black girl has tumbao
    everybody follows her by her walking (2)


    Well, this is how i understand the letter. I repeat that i´m not cuban and some expressions can be wrong.

    I didn´t translate de lao because i don´t know how. You can walk straight or de lao.

    I think the meanning of the song is "go proud and enjoy the life, before you´ll be dead".

    Hope someone right the wrongs, if there are.
     
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    Smooch!
     
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    Thank you!

    I get an idea of what they are trying to say. What ever the translation, I love it!








     
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    Permission to correct. :smile:

    "ella baila de lao también apretao" ---> short way of "lado" (side)

    "disfruta bien de la vida (cariño)" ---> Yes, it's darling.

    The rest is good.

    Celia rulez.

    Edit: "Apretao" is short way of "apretado" (tightened
    )
     
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    You just love the orange wig! LOLOLOLOL
    I dare you to wear it to the next WIC meeting at church :tongue:
     
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    My favorite Celia Cruz song is "La Vida es un Carnaval." I listen to it all the time!
     
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