Riwaya ya ‘ASALI CHUNGU’ – Hii ni safari ya kufunzwa na maisha, kujifunza kwa kuonja ladha mbalimbali. Ni safari ya watu wengi wajitokezao katika matengo mawili. Kwanza akina Bwana Zuberi, D.c. na Bi Amina mkewe- wenye vyeo, utukufu na mali, na pili, akina Dude, Semeni, Shaabani Supu, Pili, Baya na Biti Daudi wanaonuka ufukara. Wote hawa wamo katika safari moja; Safari ya ugunduzi ambamo wanasoma mengi bila kujua, mpaka mwisho… Continue reading
And if you are in East Africa where Kiswahili poetry has been injected with some of the finest writers in Bongo Flava, you have to remember that guys like Professor Jay (aka Joseph Haule) are a continuous segment from Mr Two, past 1960’s Swahili poet Mathias Mnyampala through Shaaban Robert to Fumo Lyongo’s classic poetry of the 12th century.
When Professor Jay recorded “Ndiyo Mzee” ridiculing politicians bubbling fake promises to win votes, the President himself acknowledged the tune highlighting political hypocrisy. Likewise Morogoro musician Salum Abdullah wrote songs to inspire the struggles of TANU and Mwalimu Nyerere in the 1950’s.
The profound importance of literature cannot be underestimated in any society.