Apuse, traditional Papuan song, reflects that West Papua has always been part of the Indonesia.

Voyages have been one of the old Papuan people practices for a long time ago. This phenomenon well recorded in the original Papuan song, Apuse. This song describes young Papuans who respected their grandparents to take permission go cross to the other island, through Doreri Bay.

Here is the free translation of Apuse song, as follows:

My grandparents,  I want to go to the other island across Doreri Bay

Hold a handkerchief and wave hands

Grandfather / grandmother, I wanna go to the other island through Doreri Bay

Hold a handkerchief and wave hands

Poor me, goodbye my granddaughter

Poor me, goodbye my granddaughter As a matter of fact,  this song is in line with the popular Nusantara archipelago song entitle “Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut (My Ancestors are sailors”. Therefore, no questions, from the eastern part of Indonesia “Merauke” to the northernmost and westernmost city of Indonesia Sabang are brothers and sisters with possessing the same habit, crossing the sea. Really, we, Papua and non-Papua are one.

That above history note should have colored Papuan musicians nowadays not to create separatist song lyrics. A kind of Mambesak song or something else should actually present a spirit for one soul, Indonesia.

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