If anyone visited Solomon Islands in 2017 they would have heard Jaro Local’s Dakini Tangarareh blaring back to back from every shop in town. Lately in New Zealand, it has become somewhat of an anthem for League fans and music aficionados in South Auckland and Hamilton. Better yet, maybe your first time was watching this.
Dakini Tangarareh by Jaro Local was 2017’s #1 hit song in the Solomon Islands (we’re pretty sure).
Sung in Solomon Island Pijin and Gari, one of the languages of Guadalcanal island in Solomon Islands, Dakini Tangarareh is about a girl. And the girl in question is from Tangarare village which is located on the West side of Guadalcanal (for walkers, there is a great overnight hike from Lambi Bay to Tangarare).
Keeping in mind that there are over 70 languages in the Solomon Islands, Gari and Pijin is an obscure mix that practically no one can sing properly apart from the chorus, “Soreeeeeehh!!!”.
Just “sorry” with an accent, right?
Even Google couldn’t tell us the lyrics so in a selfless act of public service we teamed up with an expert (Nid’s colleague) and have transcribed the lyrics below (also on genius.com).
Not only is this a linguistics lesson in Gari and Pijin, it also addresses a cultural issue of 02s (oh twos) in the Solomon Islands.If you’re disappointed that the song is about cheating, join the club.
An 02 is the nickname for a married person’s second something-something on the side. It’s not an uncommon practice and the fact that it has its own nickname is indicative of how disturbingly prevalent the practice is. Most 02s will be young women, but it’s not unheard of to have an 02 boyfriend. Some people might even have an 03.
In the case of this song, the girl from Tangarare is the singer’s 02. The singer’s wife, or, “boss blo me” is his 01.
Lyrics aside, the song is so damn catchy! And for our Kiwi readers, yesterday (Thursday 22 March 2018) Jaro Local, the man himself performed at Club Royalz in Manukau! He’s big news. Next time you hear Dakini Tangarareh, you can lip-synch with confidence.