Reading about Dama Music Award 2010 which was in the news for the past few weeks in Sarawak local newspaper, always made me think about 1 Bidayuh song which has always been my favorite. Such a simple song yet it strike right home. I know many Bidayuh ladies who can confirm to the message that was being sent through this wonderful song, it was obvious from the shy smiles which was being exchanged by Bidayuh couples whenever this song is being played. Listening to it can evoke such a powerful and sweet memories..
As it is sung in Bidayuh Jagoi, I will provide my own translation in Malay.
Bunga Kupuo (By Megaforce)
Oh bunga kupuo di oggi daang otinku
Oh bunga kampung yang ada dalam hatiku
Di slalu ku natong daang asongku
Yang selalu ku ingat dlm jiwaku
Raan ku odi suba sikien muu
Ku berniat untuk cuba melamarmu
Pak doik manah nyam gayaku
Tapi rasanya peluangku amat tipis
Bulan bintang tong mok puan geh otto
Bulan bintang pun sudah arif tentang kita
Siniak onu oku dapod bisamah mu
Bilakah masanya ku kan dapat bersamamu
Onu rami di mo ropas ku kirin mu
Di pesta yang lepas ku melihatmu
Pak muu doi mu kirin oku
Tapi kau tak memandangku
Oh bunga kupuo sikia mun sangon
Oh bunga kampung kau sungguh ayu
Jawak ngarom slalu ku natong muu
Siang malam selalu ku teringatkan mu
Asong ku raan bisamah samah duoh muu
Hatiku ingin bersama-sama denganmu
Watki ku tanon nudu muu?
Bagaimana harus ku memberitahumu?
To me, the best part of the lyrics shall be, "Watki wat ku tanon nudu muu?" which literally means, "How should I tell you?" which actually represents a true character of a typical Bidayuh guy who have difficulty in expressing their feeling and emotion in words. Between me and Momo, this was the phrase he used when we first met and started to get to know each other. I know he was referring to this song, and I knew what it means hehe.. Hopefully he doesn't read this. He even taught his Sabahan and Malay friends this song, and the meaning of it, and they just love the melody and the meaning it carries :D
Here's the video link of this song from Youtube. Enjoy!
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