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Madzibaba muhutapwa - My family
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Vepamusika madzimai muchizarira
Vechidiki mudzidziro voremadzwa
Pwere mujecha guruva kwese kwese
Misha yedu ichiputswa
Dikita redu vanopamba vachisveta
Mukudzidza votsutsumwa vachisvipwa
Kusvika riinhi tichirozwa nadzo mbavha
Mupanduki nguva yako yazokwana
Hapachisina wakanyepera vakuru
Wapedza hondo Toyitoyi taidzosa
in bondage. Market women are locked in cages. Students are maimed
at their educational centres. Young children are surrounded by dust.
That is the way of life for the poet's family. The poet then
closes with a stern warning to the perpetrator: Your time is up;
you better find somewhere to hide; we are going to fight back.
(meaning spiritual healer, though the initials G.O.D. are an acronym
for "gaining one's definition"), whose given name
is Biko Mutsaurwa, has pioneered a new, striking form of poetry.
Marrying deep Shona with contemporary struggles, he effortlessly
blends Shona culture with the Hip Hop generation. G.O.D. Obori's
style is powerful and rhythmic, strongly criticising oppressive
systems in Zimbabwe and beyond. He has performed in Zimbabwe, Kenya
and South Africa.
is also a leading Hip Hop artist and community activist, organising
alternative shows in poor communities where music is used as a tool
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