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Kale ya Washairi wa Pemba: Kamange na Sarahani

Abdilatif Abdala

Publication Year: 2012

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.

Published by: African Books Collective

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Shukurani

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pp. vii-viii

Wa kwanza kumshukuru ni babangu, Sayyid Hassan bin Naswiri, maarufu kwa jina la Mwinyi Alawy, ambaye alijishughulisha kukusanya mashairi, kwa kunirithisha na mimi hamu hiyo. Mwinyi Alawy alikufa mwaka 1941.Bwana Abdalla bin Sheikh al-Mafazy, aliyekuwa akiishi Wasini, Kenya. Alikuwa na sauti nzuri ya kuimba mashairi na tenzi, na watu wakifurahi kumsikiza. Vile ...

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Dibaji

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pp. ix-xxiv

Pemba ni kisiwa kikubwa pwani ya Afrika Mashariki. Kabla ya muungano wa Zanzibar na Tanganyika, tarehe 26 Aprili, 1964, na muungano huo kujulikana kwa jina la Tanzania, Pemba kilikuwa ni sehemu ya dola ya Zanzibar. Wenyeji wake ni Waswahili, wajulikanao zaidi kwa jina la Wapemba na ni Waislamu. Maisha yao yanategemea ukulima haswa wa karafuu na minazi. Ardhi yake ...

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Utangulizi

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pp. xxv-33

Katika safari yangu mojawapo nilipokwenda nyumbani Mombasa kutoka huku Ulaya, mkusanyaji wa mashairi haya, Sharif Abdurrahman Saggaf Alawy (au, Maallim Saggaf, kama tumwitavyo baadhi yetu), alinikuta barabarani. Papo hapo akanishika mkono na kunichukua mpaka nyumbani kwake. Tulipofika tu, akanikabidhi mijalada miwili ya miswada ya mashairi ya washairi wa kale wa ...

I - KAMANGE

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pp. 1-34

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Ali Bin Said Bin Rashid Jahadhmiy (Kamange) 1830-1910

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pp. 2-8

Katika washairi waliovuma Pemba na Unguja baina ya 1860 na 1910, wakajulikana kwa mashairi yao mpaka pwani za Tanganyika na Kenya, Kamange alitangaa sana. Mashairi yake yalipendwa na kuimbwa kumbini na masebuleni, haswa lile shairi la mapenzi, liitwalo “Muwacheni Anighuri” (tizama ukurasa 8 humu...

Muwacheni Anighuri

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Kilicho Mbali Mashaka

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Ringa Maashuki Ringa

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Kwaheri Mpenzi Wangu

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Vyako

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pp. 17-19

Mashumu Yangu

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pp. 19-21

Ulipita "Shi Na Yombe'47

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pp. 21-23

Dorita Kapatikana!

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pp. 23-25

Kwani Mtoto Kitumbo...?53

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pp. 25-26

Kamange Hali Makombo

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pp. 26-27

Tumezipaza Ngoweo

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pp. 27-70

N’NA MIYADI NA MWEZI

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pp. 27-71

Kirihanga

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pp. 28-72

Njo'Ni Mtazame Wembe

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pp. 28-73

Uhai Wa Swifridi

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pp. 28-29

Sasa Napata Stima

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Nakwita Nuru Ya Mji

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Twawafuma Kwa Ubuwa

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pp. 31-79

AtaKuja Wadhiisha

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pp. 32-33

Akhi Nataka Himaya

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pp. 32-33

Nyambilizi

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pp. 33-34

Wagombao Hupatana56

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Mwenyewe Tafungafunga

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pp. 35-36

Nipatiyeni Mwatime

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pp. 36-37

Rabbi Amenipa Pera

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pp. 37-38

Kulla Mzoweya Tanga

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pp. 39-93

Innash-Shaytwaana Lakum "Aduwwum-Mubiyn'60

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pp. 40-42

Nani Ajuwaye Penda?62

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pp. 42-45

Mitambuuni Si Shamba63

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pp. 46-50

Wamuhajiri Au Wakhatimu Naye?66

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pp. 50-110

KILIO CHA KIFO CHA KAMANGE

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pp. 55-111

Naliya Leo Sinaye

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pp. 56-57

Kamange Kenda Kaputi

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pp. 58-59

Kadhwa Haina Mganga68

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pp. 59-60

Haachi Huzunikiwa, Mtu Kwa Mpenzi Wake69

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pp. 61-62

II - SARAHANI

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pp. 63-120

Sarahani Bin Matwar (1841-1926)

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pp. 64-69

Rabbi Ondowa Nakama81

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pp. 70-75

Itifaki Ni Aula

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pp. 75-76

Nini Kufanyiwa Shindi?

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pp. 77-78

Mja'Liye Isqamu

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pp. 78-80

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Nakulaumu

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pp. 80-141

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Muwongo Wa Uwongoni84

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pp. 83-144

Masikini Hapendezi

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pp. 83-146

Njaa Hailei Mwana87

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pp. 84-85

Sitaki Mwengine Tena88

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pp. 85-151

Ramadhatil-'Imadi89

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pp. 88-89

Kumuriya

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pp. 89-90

Niruhusu Twaliyani

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pp. 90-91

Naapa Usiku Sendi

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pp. 91-92

Ndege Wamerufukiwa

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pp. 92-93

Lizamu Na Darizeni

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pp. 93-94

Laa-Yuhibbu Man-Kaana...

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pp. 94-96

Innamaa Ashkuw Bath-Thiy Wahuzniy Ila-Llahi,103

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pp. 96-168

Duniya Haiko Tena!

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pp. 97-101

Yakhe Nna Haja Nawe

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pp. 101-105

Nataka Kisicholiwa

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pp. 105-106

Milangilangi Na Mkadi106

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pp. 106-112

Itatuswamehe Dola

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pp. 112-116

Back cover

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p. 195-195


E-ISBN-13: 9789987081868
Print-ISBN-13: 9789987080854

Page Count: 150
Publication Year: 2012

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