Vamudara

A Shona Shangara Dance Song

Translations:
Bass: Oh, father, oh (or vocables/exclamation)
Soprano Proper Kudaira: vocables
Sopranos Kutema: Mr Old Man, you are wearing tatters! Where did you hear people are drinking, as if you had money? I will follow you, chief. I will follow you, chief. I will follow you, Mr. Turesi (vocables), I will follow you, chief.
Altos and Tenors Kudaira: If drinking means that much to you, we will give you everything to get your drink. You can stagger and be happy.

People in the beer hall call out “Geez old man, you are always going out dressed in rags, looking for beer, but you don’t have any money!”
He answers them “I follow beer wherever it is, and beer is my chief.”
The people respond “If that is how you feel, we will give you some money to buy beer so you can get drunk, stagger, forget your troubles and be happy. We will not lecture you about drinking.”

Shona people will discipline each other indirectly through song. A song of this type would not be sung to shame an individual nor label him an alcoholic, or even to stop him from drinking further. Rather, it is a drama played out in song form, intended to give him something to think about. The tone is somewhat sarcastic, but not cutting.

Info source: Let Your Voice Be Heard! Songs from Ghana and Zimbabwe

Bass: (Mazembera)
Haiwa babao we
Haiwa babao we
Haiwa babao we
Haiwa babao we

Soprano: (Proper Kudaira)
O we
O we
O we
O we

Soprano: (Kutema)
Vamudara mwapfeke marengena
Mahuzwepi se kunge mune mari
Vamudara mwapfeke marengena
Mahuzwepi se kunge mune mari
Ndino mutewera mambo
Ndino mutewera mambo
Ndino kutewera Turesi, Haiya-a-a
Ndino kutewera mambo

Phoenetics:
Vah-moo-dah-rah mwahp-feh-kay ma-rehn-gay-nah
Mah-hooz-way-pee say kuhn-gay moo-nay mah-ree…
Dee-noh moo-tay-way-rah mam-boh-o
Dee-no moo-tay-way-rah mam-boh-o
Dee-no koo-tay-way-rah Toor-eh-see
Dee-no koo-tay-way-rah mam-boh-o

Alto and Tenor: (Kudaira line)
Haiwa ndom pawo zuinhu zuese
Munoda kutetereka
Teterekai che-chelela

Phoenetics:
Hi-wahn dohm pah-woh zhwin-oo zhway-say
Moo-noh-dah koo-tay-tay-ray-kah
Tay-tay-ray-kai chay-chay-lay-lay