two loving white doves

Hangaiwa

Zimbabwe
Language: Shona

I learned this song from Maggie Wheeler at Goldenbridge Choir. It was immediately a favorite. There is a beautiful recording of Hangaiwa on the album BataMbira from Michael Spiro and Michael Williams. You can download the song as a single, or watch B Michael Williams performing it on YouTube with Adam Snow.

Notes:

According to Chartwell Dutiro, “This song combines two classic musical styles – payinera guitar and jerusarema rhythm. Payinera is a style of guitar that was played by lone guitarists busking on trains and in beer halls. Payinera came to Zimbabwe with migrant workers from South Africa. Jerusarema is typical Zimbabwe rhythm from Murehwa.

The lyrics describe the enduring love of the pigeon dove: ‘The pigeons will die in the nest together.’

(There is a “wonayana waterfall” in the song as well, not included in this arrangement.)

ALL:
Wonaya
Wo o iye
wo o iye wondende

Wonaya
Wo o iye
wo o iye wondende

Wonaya
Wo o iye
wo o iye wondende

Wonaya
Wo o iye
wo o iye wondende

x2

BASS:
Hangaiwa

ALL:
si no denam dendere wo

…. (SOLO repeats

Wonaya
Wo o iye
wo o iye wondende)

BASS, ALTO, SOPRANO:
Iya ende Iya
Iya
Iya

TENOR:
Wo yere
Ye yerere
Ye yerere

SOLO:
Mayi marinda ku teterera
Ino nebayo tee eetsentinga
Ino onai qwai kai embira bi
Mayi marinda ku teterera

BASS:
Hangaiwa

ALL:
si no denam dendere wo

x4

BASS:

Hangaiwa

ALL VOICES:

SOPRANO (HIGH):

ALTOS (MIDDLE-HIGH):

TENORS (MIDDLE-LOW):

BASS (LOW):