Haji Gora Haji – Mazimwi


What creatures are mazimwi, tell me, you who know Inform me at once, without hesitation Where in the world is the town where they stay Speak out, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi There are many tales about these creatures All kinds of reports, and we who have been told them Are dumbstruck, because we don’t know where they live Speak out, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi Those who narrate, mazimwi’s credentials Say they have tails, and horns on their heads And very long teeth, and their nails are so long Speak out in verse, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi If you play drums for them, their hearts are content As animals do, they feed on each other If you think about mazimwi you examine, what species are they Speak out, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi Those who tell tales about mazimwi’s doings Give you examples, so you feel they are real By the way they act out how they are Speak out, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi At night when they sleep, their commotion is great Wails without end, increase at this time And when silence reigns, they’re already awake Speak out, you who know them, what creatures are mazimwi Brother Sauti ya Kiza, in Dar es Salaam on the coast I’ve come to ask you, you who are our defense Name them without scorn, who are those mazimwi Say, and I’ll reward you, who these creatures are

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