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Chirikure Chirikure

“Yes, Yes”

In the work place, the whole day, it’s “yes, yes”.
This is the official language of the office!

At home, the whole family goes “yes, yes”.
That’s the new language between parent and child.

In the beer-hall, everywhere you turn it’s “yes, yes”.
This is the best language for argument and discussion.

Those political rallies and gatherings, it is “yes, yes”.
To understand politics best use this language.

In bed, just before going to sleep, again “yes, darling”.
Wishes are more easily made and more quickly granted in this language.

Maybe – I don’t know – maybe, up there, in Heaven,
It’s also “yes, yes” everywhere, and chiShona?
Strictly forbidden!

Inongova, “yes, yes”

Inongova, “yes, yes”

Kubasa, muswere wose inongova “Yes, yes”.
Ndiwo mutauro wemuhofisi!

Kumba, mhuri yose inongova “Yes, yes”,
Ndiwo mutauro wapinda mubereki nemwana.

Kubhawa, kwose kwose, ndiyoyo, “Yes, yes”,
Ndiwo mutauro unodiwa pamadiscussions.

Kumisangano ikoko kwacho, ndiyoyo, “Yes, yes”,
Ndirwo rurimi rwadzo politics.

Kana mumagudza, paruvato, ndizvozvo, “Yes, darling”,
Ndirwo rurimi rusinganetsi kutaura zvinodikwa.

Hamenowo ikoko kwacho kudenga,
Pamwe inongova, “Yes, yes” - ChiShona kwete!
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Chirikure Chirikure

(Zimbabwe, 1962)

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Inongova, “yes, yes”

Kubasa, muswere wose inongova “Yes, yes”.
Ndiwo mutauro wemuhofisi!

Kumba, mhuri yose inongova “Yes, yes”,
Ndiwo mutauro wapinda mubereki nemwana.

Kubhawa, kwose kwose, ndiyoyo, “Yes, yes”,
Ndiwo mutauro unodiwa pamadiscussions.

Kumisangano ikoko kwacho, ndiyoyo, “Yes, yes”,
Ndirwo rurimi rwadzo politics.

Kana mumagudza, paruvato, ndizvozvo, “Yes, darling”,
Ndirwo rurimi rusinganetsi kutaura zvinodikwa.

Hamenowo ikoko kwacho kudenga,
Pamwe inongova, “Yes, yes” - ChiShona kwete!

“Yes, Yes”

In the work place, the whole day, it’s “yes, yes”.
This is the official language of the office!

At home, the whole family goes “yes, yes”.
That’s the new language between parent and child.

In the beer-hall, everywhere you turn it’s “yes, yes”.
This is the best language for argument and discussion.

Those political rallies and gatherings, it is “yes, yes”.
To understand politics best use this language.

In bed, just before going to sleep, again “yes, darling”.
Wishes are more easily made and more quickly granted in this language.

Maybe – I don’t know – maybe, up there, in Heaven,
It’s also “yes, yes” everywhere, and chiShona?
Strictly forbidden!
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