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Kale ya Washairi wa Pemba: Kamange na Sarahani
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The title of this collection of poetry, Kale ya Washairi wa Pemba: Kamange na Sarahani is translated as, ìThe Past of Pemba Poets: Kamange and Sarahaniî. Pemba, for those who may need reminding is the smaller of the two islands known as Zanzibar, the other being Unguja. The poets whose works make up the collection lived between the last half of the 19th and early 20th century in Pemba, but their poetry was known and much appreciated throughout the Swahili world of the time, meaning the coastal towns of East Africa, in particular, Mombasa, Lamu, Zanzibar and other settlements. The two famous and rival poets, Kamange and Sarahani, were influenced, as all artists inevitably are, by their environment and culture, among the most important of its manifestations being religion and language. Both of them were Muslims, and were therefore influenced by Islamic literature and Arabic language. But they were also influenced by the multiplicity of Swahili sub-cultures and dialects ñ which were not in fact called Swahili but Kim vita, Kiamu, Kipemba, Kimrima and Kivumba respectively (for the Swahili spoken in Mombasa, Lamu, Pemba, Vanga and Wasini off the Southern Kenya coast) and several others. One aspect of the richness of the collection of Kamange and Sarahaniís poetry is the length and breadth of their command of the different dialects. At the height of their fame, the two poets divided the world of poetry into followers of Kamange or Sarahani. This rivalry became even fiercer after Kamangeís death with Sarahani refusing to be engaged in it, because as he voiced it, in the absence of his real sparring partner there was no one to pit himself against. Kamange was the boisterous, and daring one writing on subjects of love and bravery while Sarahani was interested in religion erudition, philosophy and moral instruction. The collectors of the poems, Abdurrahman Saggaf Alawy and Ali Abdala El Maawy saved the poems from extinction after the1964 revolution in Zanzibar and kept them for more than forty years before presenting them to Abdilatif Abdala, editor of this collection (himself a renowned poet) to find a publisher for them. This is a real treasure of Swahili poetry that will open up a new window to the richness of Swahili literary and poetic culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Shukurani
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  1. Dibaji
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  1. Utangulizi
  2. pp. xxv-33
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  1. I - KAMANGE
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Ali Bin Said Bin Rashid Jahadhmiy (Kamange) 1830-1910
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  1. Muwacheni Anighuri
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. Kilicho Mbali Mashaka
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  1. Ringa Maashuki Ringa
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  1. Kwaheri Mpenzi Wangu
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  1. Vyako
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. Mashumu Yangu
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  1. Ulipita "Shi Na Yombe'47
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  1. Dorita Kapatikana!
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. Kwani Mtoto Kitumbo...?53
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Kamange Hali Makombo
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Tumezipaza Ngoweo
  2. pp. 27-70
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  1. N’NA MIYADI NA MWEZI
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  1. Kirihanga
  2. pp. 28-72
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  1. Njo'Ni Mtazame Wembe
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  1. Uhai Wa Swifridi
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  1. Sasa Napata Stima
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  1. Nakwita Nuru Ya Mji
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  1. Twawafuma Kwa Ubuwa
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  1. AtaKuja Wadhiisha
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  1. Akhi Nataka Himaya
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  1. Nyambilizi
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  1. Wagombao Hupatana56
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  1. Mwenyewe Tafungafunga
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  1. Nipatiyeni Mwatime
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Rabbi Amenipa Pera
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Kulla Mzoweya Tanga
  2. pp. 39-93
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  1. Innash-Shaytwaana Lakum "Aduwwum-Mubiyn'60
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  1. Nani Ajuwaye Penda?62
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  1. Mitambuuni Si Shamba63
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  1. Wamuhajiri Au Wakhatimu Naye?66
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  1. KILIO CHA KIFO CHA KAMANGE
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  1. Naliya Leo Sinaye
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  1. Kamange Kenda Kaputi
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  1. Kadhwa Haina Mganga68
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  1. Haachi Huzunikiwa, Mtu Kwa Mpenzi Wake69
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  1. II - SARAHANI
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  1. Sarahani Bin Matwar (1841-1926)
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  1. Rabbi Ondowa Nakama81
  2. pp. 70-75
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  1. Itifaki Ni Aula
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  1. Nini Kufanyiwa Shindi?
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  1. Mja'Liye Isqamu
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  1. Nakulaumu
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  1. Muwongo Wa Uwongoni84
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  1. Masikini Hapendezi
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  1. Njaa Hailei Mwana87
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  1. Sitaki Mwengine Tena88
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  1. Ramadhatil-'Imadi89
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  1. Kumuriya
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  1. Niruhusu Twaliyani
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  1. Naapa Usiku Sendi
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  1. Ndege Wamerufukiwa
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  1. Lizamu Na Darizeni
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  1. Laa-Yuhibbu Man-Kaana...
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  1. Innamaa Ashkuw Bath-Thiy Wahuzniy Ila-Llahi,103
  2. pp. 96-168
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  1. Duniya Haiko Tena!
  2. pp. 97-101
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  1. Yakhe Nna Haja Nawe
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  1. Nataka Kisicholiwa
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  1. Milangilangi Na Mkadi106
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  1. Itatuswamehe Dola
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  1. Back cover
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