Suukee is a very important Hainanese phrase. Suu: house, Kee : side. Because family lives very close by in the Hainan village, and therefore Suukee, means neighbor, and neighbor usually is close relatives. Whenever Hainnanese addresses each other “Suukee”, it means they are very close like relatives. And if you see anything bearing the name Suukee, it is definitely related to Hainan.
This Suukee厝邊rap by Namewee is regarding him going back to Hainan for his root. The theme is in Hainanese. The raps is Malaysian culture specific, outsiders may find it intrigue how we speak, mixing different dialects, Malay and English etc. The content is something like this: Grandfather left Hainan in a grass hat, short pants with 11 dollars in the pocket. He worked very hard selling roti (bread) spread with butter, Kaya and black coffee ( Kopi O). During holidays and festival, he sent money back to support his village relatives. 70 years later, his grandson goes back and is mistaken for a thief. Namewee realizes he cannot understand the local Hainanese because the styles, the slang used in the language are very different. Even Hainan chicken is different. He realizes he doesn’t belong there. He can’t communicate with his neighbor ( relative),and he doesn’t have the love for the land like his grandfather although they still share the same working ethics. He will bring back the memory to his grandfather, but he wants to go back to his own homeland which is Malaysia.
Young NameWee is brilliant. He puts in so much emotion/ memory in a single song. He conveys a general feeling of Hainanese and in a broader sense, sentiment of the oversea Chinese after diaspora of the last two centuries.
The main theme is in Hainanese :
Hainanese speaks Hainanese. Hainanese coffee is delicious
我們都是 Suukee Suukee 我們都是Suukee Suukee
Suukee Suukee We all are Suukee
You will find it more interesting if you follow the lyrics on the youtube movie. Please click on the full article, download the Lyrics and English translation, then click on Namewee's youtube movie.
Thanks to Namewee’s talent, I never think I appreciate Rap that much!! I don’t know this ordinary sentence from our Ah Kong/ Po, “Hainanese speaks Hainanese. Hainanese coffee is delicious”,can be so so extraordinary and touches our subconscious so much!!
Lyric and English translation: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AW03A2Iipsd4ZGM0cW1rcDVfMjloYnJxZ200cA&hl=en
namewee blog : http://www.namewee.blogspot.com/
Suukee means your neighboures. We always address 同乡，Suukee, that means we are closer to each other. 这样称呼会感到特别亲切。当在外你与朋友说了老半天，最后才晓得他愿来是海南人，我们就会很自然脱口说（唉呀，都是Suukee, Suu= 厝 Kee= 边， 住在我们屋子旁边的不就是邻居吗？在海南乡下，住在你左邻右舍的肯定是你的至亲，堂的或同宗，错 不 了。谢谢你给我们抄来这 首 海南歌。---兰娜