SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 7: Kariga Mombe (Zimbabwe)

Spirit Talk Mbira

Kariga Mombe means the 'bull fighter", or "the small one who takes down the cow". Metaphorically it means something small defeating something big. It is similar to the idea of David vs. Goliath. The lyrics are:

Muchazo isekerera nhamo ichauya iyo, Hiya woye ndoenda naBaba
You are going to smile when the problem comes, I am going with my father now (before the problem comes).

This is a metaphorical question asking "Why are you smiling when you have a problem?"