SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 7: Mashangwa

Tevera Mashangwa waenda nebaniro

Mutserendende

He takananga kminda

Hoye takananda kumapurazi

Takananga mutserendende

 

Tevera Mashangwa waenda nebaniro

Mwana wenyu mwana wenyu mwana wenyu

Waenda kumapurazi

Mwana wenyu mwana wenyu mwanawenyu

Waenda kuminda

 

Tevera Mashanga waenda nebaniro ha..

Woye hiye tiote mutserendende

Hoyiye....takananga kuminda

Mwana wenyu mwana wenyu mwana wenyu

 

Waenda makura....

Mwana wenyu mwana wenyu mwana wenyu

Waenda kupurazi....

Mwana wenyu mwana wenyu mwana wenyu

Waenda kuminda....

Tevera Mashangwa waenda nebaniro

 

'Mr. Hunger'

 

You follow Mr. Hunger who went to that fertile land

In slip-and slide

We are heading straight towards the fields

Straight for the farms

Straight ahead, slip-and-slide

 

Following Mr. Hunger who went to that fertile land

Your child and child and child....

Went to the farms

Your child and child and child

Has gone to the fields

Following Mr. Hunger who went to that fertile plain

Us going, slip-and-slide

Straight towards the fields

Your child and child and child....

 

Has gone to the rich soil

Your child, and child, and child....has gone to the farms

Your child and child and child...has gone to the fields

Following Mr. Hunger who left for that open land.

 

This song is sung in preparation for the land war. It is sung in both high and bass voices and urges people to follow Mashagwa (Mr. Misfortune or Mr. Hunger) who has already gone to take over the farms and land. In times of great hunger, divisions between people begin.