The musical style of this song is kaseko. Kaseko is specifically from Suriname. It's a mix of African, European, American and native musical styles and involves dancing. There's also an element of call and response.

Caiman are cousins to the alligator.

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Notes

Sranang Tongo is a Creole of English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese with influences from African and Indian languages.

Words in the Song

Bigi = big, great
Kaiman = caiman, alligator
Liba = river
Bari = shout, scream

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Here's an alternate translation in which we call the "caiman", "alligators". It's singable to the tune...

Great big gator, gator, gator,
Big gator jumped in the river shouting, "Beware! Beware!"

He shouted "Beware, beware!" He shouted "Beware, beware!"
Big gator jumped in the river shouting, "Beware, beware!"

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Bigi kaiman

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Huub de Vriend for contributing this song and the score. Both translations by Mama Lisa.

Photos of Caymans: Wikipedia, cc.

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