Monday, February 6, 2017

Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi



Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi
Teacher teacher teacher, my teacher
Wherever we shall meet,  just know I shall give you a kiss.

You did not lie to me when you told me five plus five becomes 10
You told me Mt.Kenya has Snow

And the waters of River Sagana and Athi River do not mix
I did my research carefully and found out you did not lie to me.

My teacher you told me the heart of a snake is in the head
And it is true because when we want to kill a snake we aim for the head.

You said the heart must beat 72 times and it’s true because I check mine and it has never stopped.

Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi
Teacher teacher teacher, my teacher
Wherever we shall meet,  just know I shall give you a kiss.

You used to tell me K and K in English is double K and it’s true because 
When people call me Kamande wa Kioi I respond.

You told me fish in kimonimoni( English)is called Fish
And every good looking girl is called beautiful
And every good looking man is called Handsome.

Zacchaeus is the name for everyone who is short,
All tall people are called Cain,
 And big people like me are called Bouncer.

Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi
Teacher teacher teacher, my teacher
Wherever we shall meet,  just know I shall give you a kiss.

You told me Vasco da Gama was born in Karatina
 And you told me Simon Makonde was a Turkana.

 All the disciples  of Jesus were born in Oljororock
 And it’s true because the chief of Jororoko is called Judas

 Hitler, the one who was King you told me was from Kibicoi
 And you didn’t lie to me when you told me he was a classmate of Paul.

 That is why Paul is untouchable
If you step on him he slaps you

Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi
Teacher teacher teacher, my teacher
Wherever we shall meet,  just know I shall give you a kiss.

A hungry person you told me is said to be hungry
 An ugly person is ugly like a warthog (ngiri)
An angry person is called angry

 I don’t know if I am normally hungry, ugly or angry

(This last stanza is sang twice)

Teacher Teacher- Kamande wa Kioi
Teacher teacher teacher, my teacher
Wherever we shall meet,  just know I shall give you a kiss.

(Spoken)

I must give you a kiss
 And if you ran I’ll run after you
 Yes teacher
 You never lied to me
 My teacher
 That is why I shall give you a kiss.

I like Kamande wa Kioi because he knows the main reason why  people make songs, which is to entertain. He sings carelessly which makes his songs fun to listen to, when you think too much about your art, it starts to become a science and the fun goes out of it(note to self).

Apart from the political songs  that got him in the courts sometime, I enjoy when he sings about  getting compensation for his cat that was run over by a boda boda, how he shall not join the obsession about quills and instead invest in magogo(crows) and how one day he belched in church. He also plays a trumpet which is one of my favourite instruments.

Next on translations
Niunguaga wana- You make a fool of me
We were beaten- Reke turimwo
Gathoni, I want you to be my legal wife- Gathoni, nigwenda utuike wakwa wa mburi
Wayuni let me pass with someone- Reke hetuke na mundu
I prefer Maths to Love- Kaba Mathabu
Shiru's Contact- Namba ya Shiru
Beautiful bride- Kihiki Beauty 

2 comments:

  1. Let me pass with someone and kaba mathabu haha!reke hetuke na mundu...funny!

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    1. have you listened to them Mark? They are funny. Come over we have a one man guitar dance party :-D

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