(UPDATED) LESSON #80: Swahili with lyrics…#01 (Zuwena)

(UPDATE:)
translated-enjoy!

I kept promising to do it so today without even planning to just downloaded this tune and started listening to and writing the lyrics so as to present the very first “Swahili with lyrics segment”. Not sure how often I’ll be posting this so we’ll just play it by ear.

This first tune is as much a classic as a classic can be and the singer, Marijani Rajabu, is an absolute legend in Tanzania. He’s unfortunately passed on but of cuz his legacy is huge. I suspect this tune is years older than myself but it has this charm that makes people of all ages just love and appreciate it, it’s a classic love song-just beautiful. One of my all time favourites and from people’s comments, it seems my sentiments are shared by many.

 

And of cuz every good tune deserves a remake (You did it justice Mr.Paul!)

Sing along:

Ilikuwa asubuhi na mapema, jua limeshachomoza
it was early in the morning, the sun was rising
Ndiyo nilipatwa na mshituko usosemeka
I received an unbelievable shock
Nilipopokea habari kumetokea ajali ya kutisha sana
when I received news that a very bad (scary) accident had occured
Kwenye daraja la Selander magari mawili yamegongana
at the Selander bridge 2 cars had collided
X2

Yakatangazwa majina ya watu waliokuwamo kwenye ajali hiyo
names of the accident victims were announced
Mmojawapo kati ya watu hao alikuwapo mpenzi Zuwena
one of the victims was my darling Zuwena
Nikatoka bila kujitambua mikono kichwani huku ninalia
I subconsciously (without realizing what i was doing) went out, hands on my head whilst crying
Mbio kwenda hospitali kwenda kumwona mpenzi Zuwena
very fast I went to the hospital to see my darling Zuwena
Sijui kama yuko hai au Zuwena amekwishakufa
I didn’t know if she was alive or dead
Maringo na mikogo yangu kwa siku hiyo vyote vilikwisha
all my swag (ha!-couldn’t find a better word) on that day just disappeared
Mami Zuwena, o mpenzi Zuwena, o mpenzi Zuwena
oh Zuwena my love…
X2

Zuwena ningempata wapi Zuwena mwingine sawa na yeye
Zuwena, where would I get another one like you
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Mtoto aliyeumbika mwenye tabia za kupendeza Zuwena, Zuwena kweli nampenda
a child (not literally) that’s very beautiful (been well created) whos very well behaved, Zuwena Zuwena I really love her
X2

Moyo ulianza kutulia kukuta Zuwena angali mzima
my heart started settling down when I found Zuwena was still alive
Ingawa ana majeraha mengi haidhuru mradi namuona
although she has lots of injuries, it doesn’t matter as long as I see her (still alive)
Zuwena, Zuwena, Zuwena mama, Zuwena bibi kweli nampenda
Zuwena oh my love, I really love her

Zuwena ningempata wapi……

Sijui mimi ningefanya nini kama Zuwena angenitoweka
I don’t know what I would have done if Zuwena had left me
Tumeishi kwa muda mrefu wote wawili tumezoeana
we have lived together for so long and we are so used to having each other
Zuwena, Zuwena, Zuwena mama, Zuwena bibi kweli nampenda
Zuwena oh my love I really love her

Zuwena, ningempata wapi…..

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(translations coming up-soon ish…)

 

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