LESSON #99: Swahili with Lyrics…#04 (Nimekuchagua Wewe)

So I’ve recently managed to attend way too many weddings and I don’t know about other cultures but no African wedding reception is complete without a lot of dancing-too much even!

One song that tends to get repeated in virtually every wedding is this gem by one Bob Rudala called Nimekuchagua Wewe (I have chosen you). It is indeed a timeless song, been around more than 10 years and is still the go to romantic song at weddings, particularly for the first dance. The lyrics? what can I say English translation doesn’t do them justice, plenty of Swahili expressions which go way deeper than you would translate them. Am a girlie girl through and through and this song I approve!

Enjoy!

Note: am no expert in poetic lyrics translation so any corrections are widely welcome

Nimekuchagua wewe uwe wanguI have chosen you to be mine

Verse 1

Ni safari ndefu, ya mwanadamu…..it’s a long human journey

Kimaisha na mapenzi, uwe mke ama mumein life and in love, whether you are female or female

Mara moja kubahatika, maishani mwakoto get lucky once in your life

Kumpata mtu fulani, ambaye huwa ni maalum kwako…..to find  a certain person, who is special to you

Kipenzi cha moyo wako, kwa kiasi kikubwathe love of your life, in a big way

Nimetambua na kuamini, kuwa kukutana kwetu….I have realized and believe, that us meeting

Ni mwanzo wa kutimia, kwa ile ndoto yangu….is the beginning of the fulfillment, of that dream of mine 

Ya siku nyingi, kwani pendo letu linakua…from a long time, because our love is growing

Kulingana na wakati, kila siku maishani mwangu…according to time, everyday in my life

Nilikuwa na ndoto, ya kumpata wangu mwenzi…I had a dream, of finding my spouse 

Tufunge naye pingu za maisha…we tie the knot

 

Chorus

Nimekuchagua wewe, uwe wangu…I have chosen you to be mine

Wangu wa maisha, wa kufa na kuzikana…mine for life, ‘we die together and bury each other’ (swahili saying meaning something along the lines of soulmates/bosom buddies…)

Sijali mengi maneno watu wasemayo…I don’t care about the bad things being said by others

Yaliyopita si ndwele, tugange yanayokuja…(Swahili saying) Lets not dwell on the past and concentrate on the future

x2

 Nakupenda wewe, malaika wa moyo wangu…I love you, the angel of my heart

Nakuhusudu wewe, ua la moyo wangu (I love you)…I adore you, the flower of my heart (nakupenda)

Moyoni nina furaha tele, upo mikononi mwangu…my heart is full of hapiness, (that) you are in my arms

 

Verse 2

Na kwa pete hii, ninakuoa…and with this ring, I marry you

Uwe mke wangu wa ndoa…to be my wedded wife

Hakika wewe ni ubavu wangu…For sure you are my rib

Kwa penzi nimefika, kama meli…lovewise I have arrived , like a ship

Nimetia nanga kwako, wengine katu sikutamani…I have anchored my ship , I never desired anyone else

Umewaacha wazazi wako, baba na mama…you have left your parents, dad and mom

Kwa mapendo umeungana nami…you have lovingly joined with me

Katika ndoa takatifu, na leo si wawili tena…in holy matrimony, and today we are no longer two

Tu mwili mmoja, tumwombe Mungu atujalie…we are one body, let’s pray to God to grant us

Ndoa yenye baraka, tuje tuzae na watoto…a blessed marriage, may we give birth to children

Waizunguke meza yetu, upendo utawale nyumba yetu…may they surround our table, may love reign in our home

Tuwe wakarimu kwa wageni wetu wote…may we be kind towards all our guests

 

Chorus

Nimekuchagua wewe, uwe wangu…I have chosen you to be mine

Wangu wa maisha, wa kufa na kuzikana…mine for life, ‘we die together and bury each other’ (swahili saying meaning something along the lines of soulmates/bosom buddies…)

Sijali mengi maneno watu wasemayo…I don’t care about the bad things being said by others

Yaliyopita si ndwele, tugange yanayokuja…(Swahili saying) Lets not dwell on the past and concentrate on the future

x2

 Nakupenda wewe, malaika wa moyo wangu…I love you, the angel of my heart

Nakuhusudu wewe, ua la moyo wangu (I love you)I adore you, the flower of my heart (nakupenda)

 

 

 

 

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