The Welcome Song by Amber Koneval


Jambo, jambo bwana

is the clapping of the hands before we brake

is the scarf thrown about Shamala’s shoulders

the prodigal son is finally home

 

 

Habari gani, nzuri sana

is the singing at her grave over his sobs

English and Swahili mixed

part show, all pride

beautiful people who do not bow

 

 

Wageni, mwakaribishwa 

is the sweat on their faces

as our feet pound at the mud

children laughing at our attempts

 

 

Kenya yetu hakuna matata

In our Kenya, there are no worries

 

 

Published in the More Informed  (October 2010)

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