“Eki Dumah!”

Alternate titles: “Kay, Kay, Kay”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: foreignlanguage shanty worksong
Found in: West Indies


Short verses in pidgin English, i.e. "Sailorman no likee bosun's mate." Chorus: "Kay, kay, kay, kay! Eki Dumah!"


Hugill says that while he picked this up in the West Indies, he suspects that it originated aboard ships where the crews were predominately Lascaris from India. The words are a mix of pidgin English and Hindi. - SL


  1. Hugill, pp. 488-489, "Eki Dumah!" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 361-362]
  2. BI, Hugi488