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Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?

04 Dec 02 - 06:43 PM (#840845)
Subject: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: Allan C.

We have already discussed the lyrics to the song in other threads. However, I haven't been able to figure out exactly where "Banua jail" might be located. Any ideas?


04 Dec 02 - 06:51 PM (#840854)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: Amos

Well I always thought it was calypso-inspired although apparently written by Dave Guard hisself. But there is a Banua Wuhu, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia.   There's also a Da'an Banua in the Phillipipnes. And a Pura Banua temple in Bali where they celebrate full moons!


A


04 Dec 02 - 07:00 PM (#840861)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: Allan C.

It is the calypso thing that throws a wrench in it for me as well. I had always mentally filed it away as a place somewhere between Jamaica and Bimini but never knew for sure.


04 Dec 02 - 08:27 PM (#840963)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: Amos

That actually captures my biggest problem with the KT -- I believe they lacked a respect for origins.

A


14 Apr 06 - 09:16 PM (#1718453)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: GUEST,Bob the LosAlamite

On a French map from the 1700's, I found a province and a village named "Panua" on the east coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). A Google search of 'Panua' yields a national park or wildlife refuge in the same area. Could it just be a consonant change? "Banua" sings better than "Panua", especially in the KT's energetic style.
    What country administered Ceylon? The reference "10 and 3 would set me free" means ten shillings thruppence in the old British money, a hefty but not unbelievable fine.


29 Mar 20 - 09:43 PM (#4043005)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: GUEST

I think what is presented at the link below is most likely, namely that "Banuwa" was not necessarily a place, but Dave Guard turned it into one in his adaptation:

http://compvid101.blogspot.com/2012/09/lost-somewhere-in-translation-banuwa.html


01 Apr 20 - 07:06 AM (#4043537)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar

I looked at this thread with a different song in mind
Banua, Banua, Banay-ee oh
Banua, Banua, baby I don't know

So he / she does not know either.
This song ring a bell?


01 Apr 20 - 07:09 AM (#4043539)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar

Idiot I am! Now I see it is all the same song. Forget I misspoke.


02 Apr 20 - 04:00 PM (#4043667)
Subject: RE: Origins: Where is Banua, anyway?
From: Mrrzy

I was waiting for someone to note baby, I don't know.

AllanC, you still around?