SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 10: Chikende

Ha ngore iye iyere honaka

Hoyere iye iye iyere honaka

 

Sadza wadya here nomusoro wembeva

He sadza wadya here Iwe nomusoro wembeva

Sadza rambuya kungobvirodya

Pasi pendiro pane madzihwa

Hona sadza rambuya kungobvirodya

Pasi pendiro pane madzihwa

Sadza wadya here iwe nomusoro wembeva?

 

Look you are caught up!

Look....!

 

Have you eaten sadza relish with a mouse's head?

You! Have you eaten sadza relish with a mouse's head?

You just have to eat grandmother's food

Even though there is mucus under the plate

To eat ambuya's sadza, to just get on with it

Even though there is mucus under the plate

Have you eaten sadza relish with a mouse's head?

 

Chikende is a dance for strong people. It is a dance copied from foreigners, especially nguni people. 

A long time ago, sadza with mice used to be eaten by elders, especially field mice which were the food of kings. To eat sadza with only the head of the mouse was a privilege, so you are not supposed to detest food cooked by your grandmother.