SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 5: Sekuru

Sekuru vaenda kubasa vatengeiko?

Hapana

Mwana Wenyu waendawo kubasa watengeiko?

Hapana

Muzazuru vaendawo kubasa kwatengeiko?

Hapana

Kwatengwa bhutsu yakutamba shangara kumusha

 

'Grandfather'

 

Grandfather went to work. What did he buy?

Nothing

Your child also went to work. What did he buy?

Nothing

The Zezuru person went to work. What did he buy

Nothing

He bought boots to dance the 'shangara' dance

At home

 

This is a critical song about the workers in the cities who are paid so little wage that they have nothing to show for their efforts. At least a worker who can save some money to buy a pair of boots to dance to the 'shangara' dance would have something to show for their work rather than returning to the countryside empty-handed.