SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 1: Maringa

Iye no ndoenda Maringa iye

Hiye hoye

Hiya ho Chaminuka iwe.

I am going to Maringa

Hiya Hoye

Hear me, Oh! Chaminuka

Chaminuka is one of the greatest spirits in modern times. The last famous spirit medium of Chaminuka was Pasipamire who was both a prophet and a rainmaker. His grand residence was at Chitungwiza. 

In times of great misfortune, a prayer is offered to the spirits of the ancestors at 'sacred grounds'. This song laments going to Maringa, a sacred place, to show respect in times of grief.