Aruba’s National Anthem :‘ARUBA DUSHI TERA’

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In the years 1975 and 1976, the government wanted to give Aruba it’s own national anthem and flag, since these two are the symbols that identify of each country. The flag and anthem are symbols of love and patriotism. It was Gilberto François “Betico” Croes who made this special request.

‘Aruba Dushi Tera’ is the name of our national anthem. The history of this song started in 1951. It was a composition of two very well-known musicians, Rufo Wever and Juan Chabaya “Padu” Lampe. They felt the urge to compose a song that would express the love of our people for our island and the feeling of patriotism of each person.

Together with ‘De Trupialen’ group and under the guidance of Frère Alexius they managed to put this song in their repertoire with the purpose of making it popular. The song became very popular in a short time. In 1954, they even recorded the song on a long play disc. The song was played during every official ceremony of Aruba.

In the 70’s installed a comisión consisting of Maybeline Arends-Croes, Rufo Odor, Padu Lampe, Eddy Bennet, Hubert “Lio” Booi y Rufo Wever to see if they could proclaim ‘Aruba Dushi tera’ as the national anthem. The commitee unanimously recommended this to be played on the air waves. By that time, a third verse had been added which stated the cordiality and the love of freedom for our island.

On March 16th, 1976, the island council approved ‘Aruba Dushi Tera’ as the Aruba’s national anthem, and on March 18th, 1976, during an oficial ceremony at the Wilhelmina Stadium in Dakota, the flag was raised for the first time while ‘Aruba Dushi Tera’ resonated for the first time as the national anthem of Aruba. The presentation was under the guidance of Maybeline Arends-Croes, together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Aruba directed by Joy Kock.

There is a sculpture of Rufo Wever, Juan Chabaya “Padu” Lampe and Hubert “Lio” Booi while they were writing and composing our National Anthem sitting on a piano. You can view this sculpture by sitting Plaza Padu, which is diagonally across the Fort Zoutman tower, or you can easily find it by searching “Plaza PAdu” on Google Maps.

Lyrics of “Aruba Dushi Tera”:

  1. Aruba patria aprecia,

nos cuna venera,

chikito y simpel bo por ta

pero si respeta.

Refrain: O, Aruba, Dushi tera,

nos baranca tan stima

nos amor pa bo t’asina grandi

cu n’tin nada pa kibre!

  1. Bo playanan tan admira

cu palma tur dorna,

bo escudo y bandera ta

orguyo di nos tur!

Refrain: O, Aruba, Dushi tera, etc.

nos baranca tan stima.

nos amor pa bo t’asina grandi

cu n’tin nada pa kibr’e!

  1. Grandesa di bo pueblo ta

su gran cordialidad,

cu Dios por guia y conserva

su amor pa libertad!

Refrain: O, Aruba , dushi tera,

nos baranca tan stima.

Nos amor pa bo t’ asina grandi

cu n’tin nada pa kibr’e!

cu n’tin nada pa kibr’e!