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Sayamanda –Is I a man there when I am silent about injustice?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor

The late and great artiste and musician, Andre Tanker’s song, ‘Sayamanda’, had been playing in my ear since the George Floyd story broke. Feeling compelled to look up the word, I was amazed at the connection with the symbolism of the recent tragedy and the song.

According to an explanation by Guanaguanare (2016), Sayamanda was a nonsense word that Tanker improvised while he was composing the tune, planning to replace it with more meaningful lyrics later.

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