The words to these two songs describe the dire living conditions endured by Indian indentured labourers working on sugar plantations in Fiji in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Reference: J. S. Kanwal, A hundred years of Hindi in Fiji. Suva: Fiji Teachers' Union, 1980, pp. 34, 39.
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