SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 5: Sekuru

Sekuru vaenda kubasa vatengeiko?


Mwana Wenyu waendawo kubasa watengeiko?


Muzazuru vaendawo kubasa kwatengeiko?


Kwatengwa bhutsu yakutamba shangara kumusha




Grandfather went to work. What did he buy?


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


The Zezuru person went to work. What did he buy


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.