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Aruba’s National Anthem

Padu

For those who might be interested, Aruba’s national anthem is called Aruba Dushi Tera. It was co-written by famous Aruban musical legends “Padu” (Juan Chabaya Lampe) and Rufo Wever. Padu wrote the music, and Rufo Wever wrote the lyrics in 1954.  However, it was not adopted as Aruba’s national anthem until 1976. It was the first song recorded in the Papiamento language in Aruba.
Here is an approximate English translation of the lyrics:

Aruba Precious Country


Aruba beloved home
our venerated cradle
though small and simple you may be
you are indeed esteemed.
Refrain:
Aruba our dear country
our rock so well beloved
our love for you is so strong
that nothing can destroy it. (repeat)
Your beaches so much admired
with palm trees all adorned
your coat of arms and flag
the symbols of our pride.
Refrain
The greatness of our people
is their great cordiality
and may God guide and preserve
its love for freedom.
Refrain

Recently Aruba’s national anthem received praise from an unexpected source. Philip Sheppard, a man responsible for recording national anthems for the Olympics, cited Aruba’s national anthem as one of three outstanding anthems. Here’s what he had to say:

“Aruba is in the Dutch Antilles, and those islands have five anthems. Aruba has a beautiful little waltz – not in a million years would you think it was an anthem. It’s lovely when a country goes off the map like that – it’s as if they haven’t read the book on what an anthem should sound like, and it really stands out.”

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