Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

Biography

Adidi S. Rugemalira

Featured Poem:

Kipato (Income)

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Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu,
Hupata vingi vitita, pesa na vingi muhimu
Bali kutnza utata, watoe zamu kwa zamu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Wengi kipato huchota, kuweka hawaeshimu,
Wapatapo hujinata, hudhani wameitimu,
Wenda chezea karata, kamali japo haramu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutnza ndiko kugumu.

Watu hulia ukata, hawaishi kulaumu,
Jioni utapopita, na kwenye baa chipumu,
Utawaona wapeta, supu ya mbuzi kwa ndimu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Mkulima wa ufuta, mahindi kwenye misimu,
Huvuna mengi mafuta, na kufanyia kalamu,
Njaa inapomkuta analia hali ngumu,
Kipato wengi hupaata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Wanaume ni matata, matumizi kemkem,
Mishahara wakipata, na posho za kujikimu,
Nyumba ndogo hujikita, pesa zote timtim,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Ushairi sio vita, ni maneno ya elimu,
Japo unakereketa, ukweli hauwi sumu,
Leo mwami nawasuta, kesho nitawasalimu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Translation:
1.Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard
You get lots in stacks, Money and many things important
But keeping it is controversial, Pay them off turn by turn
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

2.Many scoop up an income, But they do not respect reserving it
They get it and stick to it, You would think they did not graduate
They go and play cards, Even though gambling is a sin
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

3.People cry over getting cut, They never stop blaming you
In the evening when you go by, And at the bar they sprout
You will see them there, With goat soup and lime,
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

4.A farmer of sesame, And corn during the right season
Harvests a lot of sesame seed, And puts it to pen
But when they get hungry, They cry that times are hard
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

5.Men are trouble, Their spending is wreckless
When they get their income, And with allowances for sustenance,
Their small houses focus, And all the money is blown
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

6.Poetry is not a battle, They are teaching words,
If you end up getting stung, The truth does not become a poison
Today, I Mwami, scold you, Tomorrow I will greet you,
Many get an income, Taking care of is where it’s hard.

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Biography

Adidi S. Rugemalira’s artistic alias is ‘Best Mwami’ which translates ‘from the elder who is patient, and wise’. He was born in the region of Kagera, the district of Misenye, in 1962 in Tanzania.

He started composing poems in 1984 and he has published many of his poems in various media outlets within and outside the country. He’s also been part of various poetry contests. In 1985 he was the country winner of a poetry contest, sponsored by the ruling party CCM. They had requested poetry entries in celebrating their 18 years. He won a national contest sponsored by the newspaper ‘Uhuru’ in 1991.

To date he has composed over 800 poems.

Adidi S. Rugemalira

Biography

Adidi S. Rugemalira’s artistic alias is ‘Best Mwami’ which translates ‘from the elder who is patient, and wise’. He was born in the region of Kagera, the district of Misenye, in 1962 in Tanzania.

He started composing poems in 1984 and he has published many of his poems in various media outlets within and outside the country. He’s also been part of various poetry contests. In 1985 he was the country winner of a poetry contest, sponsored by the ruling party CCM. They had requested poetry entries in celebrating their 18 years. He won a national contest sponsored by the newspaper ‘Uhuru’ in 1991.

To date he has composed over 800 poems.

Featured Poem:

Kipato (Income)

Enlarge poem

Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu,
Hupata vingi vitita, pesa na vingi muhimu
Bali kutnza utata, watoe zamu kwa zamu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Wengi kipato huchota, kuweka hawaeshimu,
Wapatapo hujinata, hudhani wameitimu,
Wenda chezea karata, kamali japo haramu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutnza ndiko kugumu.

Watu hulia ukata, hawaishi kulaumu,
Jioni utapopita, na kwenye baa chipumu,
Utawaona wapeta, supu ya mbuzi kwa ndimu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Mkulima wa ufuta, mahindi kwenye misimu,
Huvuna mengi mafuta, na kufanyia kalamu,
Njaa inapomkuta analia hali ngumu,
Kipato wengi hupaata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Wanaume ni matata, matumizi kemkem,
Mishahara wakipata, na posho za kujikimu,
Nyumba ndogo hujikita, pesa zote timtim,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Ushairi sio vita, ni maneno ya elimu,
Japo unakereketa, ukweli hauwi sumu,
Leo mwami nawasuta, kesho nitawasalimu,
Kipato wengi hupata, kutunza ndiko kugumu.

Translation:
1.Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard
You get lots in stacks, Money and many things important
But keeping it is controversial, Pay them off turn by turn
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

2.Many scoop up an income, But they do not respect reserving it
They get it and stick to it, You would think they did not graduate
They go and play cards, Even though gambling is a sin
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

3.People cry over getting cut, They never stop blaming you
In the evening when you go by, And at the bar they sprout
You will see them there, With goat soup and lime,
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

4.A farmer of sesame, And corn during the right season
Harvests a lot of sesame seed, And puts it to pen
But when they get hungry, They cry that times are hard
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

5.Men are trouble, Their spending is wreckless
When they get their income, And with allowances for sustenance,
Their small houses focus, And all the money is blown
Many get an income, Taking care of it is where it’s hard.

6.Poetry is not a battle, They are teaching words,
If you end up getting stung, The truth does not become a poison
Today, I Mwami, scold you, Tomorrow I will greet you,
Many get an income, Taking care of is where it’s hard.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (1)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

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