How many are we to wage war on whites?!
I ask myself, how many are we to wage war on whites?!
But let’s beg God, I hope God helps us.
The sons of Guinea are brave in waging war against whites.
The children of Guinea are courageous, Guinean and Cape Verdean.
In the first and second verses, N,Foré poses a question, which is simultaneously an exclamation. In doing so, N,Foré recognises the supremacy of colonial military power over the PAIGC guerrillas, both regarding the human contingent as well as war materials and logistical means. How would it be possible to deal with the colonial troops, which had planes, war tanks, sophisticated weapons and abundant logistics?
In the third verse, the invoked gods are presumably irans, ancestral spirits of the dead. The call upon the “land irans“, the souls of the deceased parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, would make them take part in the war, encourage the guerrillas and grant them bulletproof power. The irans would also be able to confuse the Portuguese and destroy their plans. The period of the liberation struggle was coined by a strong traditional religiosity, hence, the hope of winning the war with the support of the gods of the earth (tchon).
In the fourth and fifth verses, the singer shows that, despite difficulties of various kinds, the people of Guinea and Cape Verde will not lack the courage and determination to liberate their land. Despite the superiority of the colonial military power, the PAIGC guerrillas always believed in gaining independence.