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Oliver Mtukudzi — Ndauvara
Album: Vhunze Moto
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:53
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Shevedzai mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Dana mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Ndaiti chichatevedzera vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Nyamba chaifuratira vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara

Ndaichiyeva chiri mumakura
Ndaiti mangwana tingazobopawo
Chichatirimira chazokura
Pidigu mai vemwana chandipfura

Shevedzai mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Dana mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Ndaiti chichatevedzera vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Nyamba chaifuratira vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara

Ndaichiyeva chiri mumakura
Ndaiti mangwana tingazobopawo
Chichatirimira chazokura
Pidigu mai vemwana chandipfura

Ndaichiyeva chiri mumakura
Ndaiti mangwana tingazobopawo
Chichatirimira chazokura
Pidigu mai vemwana chandipfura

Shevedzai mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Dana mai vemwana, ndakuvara
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Ndaiti chichatevedzera vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara
Nyamba chaifuratira vakuru
Pakupingudza mombe, ndakuvara

Ndaichiyeva chiri mumakura
Ndaiti mangwana tingazobopawo
Chichatirimira chazokura
Pidigu mai vemwana chandipfura{bis}

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Call the mother of my children; I am hurt
I was injured while training the ox
Call the mother of my children; I am hurt
I was injured while training the ox
I thought this young ox would be like
its elders
And yet it ignored its elders'
(good examples)
I used to admire it as it fed in the pastures
Thinking that in future we would harness it
Hoping that it will do the ploughing for us
Everything has gone upside down
The young oxen has kicked me
Everything has gone upside down
The young oxen has over-powered me
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No clue what he is saying, but words/ lyrics are just a tiny part of any music.
 Masogonzalo wrote:

Such meaningful lyrics ! 不不不




Such meaningful lyrics ! 不不不
yes this is excellent
this rocks...dont it?

Donuts?
I really hope that backing vocal chorus outro isn't "beep beep".
EXCELLENT!!  RP introduced me to  him, & now I like a LOT of his music.  Thanx RP!   
How about a translation of the lyrics.
injured
 meanderer wrote:


Well, don't know for sure, but the Mbira (an instrument played by the late Chartwell Dutiro to great effect) is pronounced with a short 'um' at the start. Don't emphasize the 'u'. Like the 'mmmm' sound made when the cooking smells good - but really short...

The rest is kind of phonetic... First 'u' would be an 'oo' sound and the second like the 'ou' in should.

I sang and drummed with Chartwell and he had played alongside this guy
Not so much an answer from learned knowledge, but from informed ignorance and a jot of assumption... Hope it helps...



Thank You!
 eileenomurphy wrote:



OK! How do you pronounce his last name? ...thank you in advance,


Well, don't know for sure, but the Mbira (an instrument played by the late Chartwell Dutiro to great effect) is pronounced with a short 'um' at the start. Don't emphasize the 'u'. Like the 'mmmm' sound made when the cooking smells good - but really short...

The rest is kind of phonetic... First 'u' would be an 'oo' sound and the second like the 'ou' in should.

I sang and drummed with Chartwell and he had played alongside this guy
Not so much an answer from learned knowledge, but from informed ignorance and a jot of assumption... Hope it helps...
ce wrote:
The song title seems to be incorrect on RP, it should be "Ndakuvara" with a 'k'. 

 eileenomurphy wrote:
OK! How do you pronounce his last name? ...thank you in advance,

Well, you've got me there ;-) 
Good Tune!
 ce wrote:

The song title seems to be incorrect on RP, it should be "Ndakuvara" with a 'k'. 




OK! How do you pronounce his last name? ...thank you in advance,
 justin4kick wrote:
Bill, where on earth do you find these gems?

May you be digging them for a long, long time.

You bring joy to my life.
 
I bought this cd in Jamaica while on vacation in Montego Bay in '02.  The bartenders at Sandals turned us on to him.
The song title seems to be incorrect on RP, it should be "Ndakuvara" with a 'k'. 
What a great song! I especially like the way the bass growls in the deep and interlaces with the music. It's almost like a second drum kit.
Bill, where on earth do you find these gems?

May you be digging them for a long, long time.

You bring joy to my life.
 easmann wrote:
God help us.
 
I am aware of no god that will help you. Rather, if you seek help, find it at the end of your arms, and also between your ears.
great musicianship and joy in this. great find RP.
can't not want to move your body...
I really dig the backing vocals on this.

Pidi pidi!
Bought this cd while vacationing in Montego Bay in 2002.  Always reminds me of a great time when I give it a listen.
 bird_of wrote:
Here I was , thinking I was listening to a full automated system. till I heard Bill saying "this great musician died today". I checked on the web. and its today. aw, ok. voice sampling.  RP must be a bot by now ;-p  Hope its an AI tomorrow ;-0))
 
This morning NPR had a short piece on him passing.
Sigh. 
Here I was , thinking I was listening to a full automated system. till I heard Bill saying "this great musician died today". I checked on the web. and its today. aw, ok. voice sampling.  RP must be a bot by now ;-p  Hope its an AI tomorrow ;-0))
I saw him a few years ago in Marin County, which is just north of San Francisco. It was a great show! I'm not sure if he's still touring, but I definitely recommend seeing him if you have a chance.
I was curious about what the song was about. I saw a little discussion of the lyrics below, but I wasn't sure what all the symbolism was about.

I found this on the web. I haven't fact checked it.

I must admit I woefully under educated on current events and politics in Africa. But I thought I would put this out there in the event that anyone else was interested in what the song is supposedly about.

If all this is true, this research gives me an appreciation of the ability afforded me to protest/criticize my government and its policies.  How truly lucky I am to live in such a country when the some people in the world have to disguise their commentary through imagery in song lyrics so they do not become political prisoners.

This is supposedly a carefully craft commentary of the current ruler of Zimbabwe,  President Robert Mugabe.

Oliver is trying to not end up in Jail like his fellow country man, Thomas Mapfumo, who has faced imprisonment and censorship for his political activism.
Recently he has used his music to criticize the violent regime of President Robert Mugabe. His "Ndakuvara" uses the imagery of a  man injured by a young ox, one who refuses to follow the examples of his elders. The indirectness of Mtukudzi's approach allows his music to go beyond a simple critique of Mugabe. While everyone recognizes Mugabe and his regime in the figure of the ox, the song also conveys a more general and important message about the harm power can bring when it trespasses past accepted and expected boundaries. Because Tuku does not name Mugabe, this message also arrives at the ears of his supporters who may be deaf to a more open attack. Tuku's art opens spaces for engagement which otherwise political art may not.

Ndakuvara Lyrics (English Translation)
 
 
Call the mother of my children; I am hurt
I was injured while training the ox
Call the mother of my children; I am hurt
I was injured while training the ox
I thought this young ox would be like
its elders
And yet it ignored its elders'
(good examples)
I used to admire it as it fed in the pastures
Thinking that in future we would harness it
Hoping that it will do the ploughing for us
Everything has gone upside down
The young oxen has kicked me
Everything has gone upside down
The young oxen has over-powered me
 easmann wrote:
 Beaker wrote:
Ethnic?    We're all out of Africa, haven't you heard? 

Indeed. It's almost as if we're all stuck on the same chunk of dirt hurtling helplessly through an inhospitable void. Oh wait, that viewpoint's so out of favor now. God help us.

 
Yeah, the void's not really that inhospitable.
 Beaker wrote:
Ethnic?    We're all out of Africa, haven't you heard? 

Indeed. It's almost as if we're all stuck on the same chunk of dirt hurtling helplessly through an inhospitable void. Oh wait, that viewpoint's so out of favor now. God help us.
Just finishing African chicken and a craft lager, topped off by Oliver M.   MMMMNNN!
I have really gotten into African-influenced contemporary music lately.  This is a new favorite!  I also like Nico N Vinz (AKA "Envy") also discovered here on RP.{#Dancingbanana}
I don't like much "ethnic" type music but this is pretty nice.
Men at Work meet Bob Marley.
Ditto
WONDERFUL
Groovy!
 
7 to 8...yeah baby!!!
 treehugger wrote:
It's Ndakuvara




 
Spot on TH... awesome song. Speaks deeply to me {#Biggrin}
It's Ndakuvara



Missed the chance to see him and a full dance troupe when they blew through town last year......Ndammit.
This cut has a terrifically percussed rhythmic content that is exceptional.  It's not the language, it's the harmonies, THEY kick butt.

Cheers,
JoelB
 Cynaera wrote:
This is a really cool song!  (I can't wait to hear how Bill pronounces the name...)  It makes me crank up the music and dance...
 
Ditto...ditto...ditto.
 Byronape wrote:
I hate to sound like a closed minded American here, but I have hard time getting into the world music stuff.  I don't really know what it is, I don't think it's the language barrier, I can barely understand people like Thom Yorke already anyway.   

Just because it is not in English, doesn't necessarily mean it is good.  You would be more closed-minded to say you liked it only because you couldn't understand the words.

An honest, authentic opinion is never wrong.

 Aegean wrote:
...

"We have here a man asking people to call his wife because he has been injured.  What hurt him is a young ox he was trying to train.  For some time, he had been admiring the ox.  He thought it would be easy to tame the ox and then harness it to plow his fields.  Unlike his other oxen however, this one has turned against him.  It has over-powered and injured him badly.  Among other things, Tuku is saying that we should not take anything in life for granted.  You may end up getting painful surprises."
 
Well, what do you know?  This could have been written by cattlemen in rural Texas!  Tuku is right: be aware of the blessings that have come your way.


 Aegean wrote:
Another RP gem...  bravo!  {#Dancingbanana}

It's not all that difficult to figure out what the song is about, if you're willing to put forth just a tiny bit of effort!  It took me all of a few seconds to find both the native text, and a translation.  I was willing to go to those lengths for someone Wikipedia says "is widely regarded as the most celebrated performer in {Zimbabwe's} history":
My wife used to teach in Uganda, and was married to an African for a number of years.  She's hugely into African music, and I know this song from her.  But I can relate to the guy who has a problem getting into music who's lyrics he can't understand.  Looking up the meaning of the lyrics isn't quite the same.  I can't associate the poetry of the guy with the emotions in his music and vocal modulations as I don't understand what's being sung as it is being sung.  This intrinsically reduces the enjoyment I experience listening to a piece of music with vocals.  It's not quite as bad as when a song has lyrics I find stupid and/or reprehensible (ziggy marley's ode to solipsism, which gets a good bit of play here on RP is an example of this), but it does reduce the degree of pleasure I can get from the music.

On the other hand African music in particular has a range and complexity that is nearly impossible to find in western popular music, and a hugely different underlying structure.  These things make the music worth the effort of listening to.

Interestingly, my wife informs me that many popular African artists release two versions of their music:  an African release, and a western release.  The western versions are simplified to be more musically digestible by western audiences and their more limited pallete.  My ear is not trained to the point where I could tell you if this is the western or african version of the song, or indeed if there are two versions of this album or not. 

Another RP gem...  bravo!  {#Dancingbanana}

It's not all that difficult to figure out what the song is about, if you're willing to put forth just a tiny bit of effort!  It took me all of a few seconds to find both the native text, and a translation.  I was willing to go to those lengths for someone Wikipedia says "is widely regarded as the most celebrated performer in {Zimbabwe's} history":

https://www.gugalyrics.com/OLIVER-%22TUKU%22-MTUKUDZI-NDAKUVARA-%28I-AM-HURT%29-LYRICS/333467/

"
We have here a man asking people to call his wife because he has been injured.  What hurt him is a young ox he was trying to train.  For some time, he had been admiring the ox.  He thought it would be easy to tame the ox and then harness it to plow his fields.  Unlike his other oxen however, this one has turned against him.  It has over-powered and injured him badly.  Among other things, Tuku is saying that we should not take anything in life for granted.  You may end up getting painful surprises."



I hate to sound like a closed minded American here, but I have hard time getting into the world music stuff.  I don't really know what it is, I don't think it's the language barrier, I can barely understand people like Thom Yorke already anyway. 


 cousinkill wrote:
For a couple seconds, I thought it was going to be Men At Work!— Pretty cool tune, someone mentioned the "didit, didit!"?{#High-five}
 
Sounds like "ribbit, ribbit" to me.
Photo of bullfrog

For a couple seconds, I thought it was going to be Men At Work!— Pretty cool tune, someone mentioned the "didit, didit!"?{#High-five}
This is a really cool song!  (I can't wait to hear how Bill pronounces the name...)  It makes me crank up the music and dance...
 jedley wrote:
if the bongos were replaced by a drum kit this would be a Duran Duran song
 

Ummmmmmmmm.......no{#No}
 4merdj wrote:
Nice undulating rhythm ... Me likee!!! {#Sunny}
 

Huh, huh, huh, huh....you said undulating.{#Tongue} Yes, great song!{#Sunny}
Nice undulating rhythm ... Me likee!!! {#Sunny}
if the bongos were replaced by a drum kit this would be a Duran Duran song
Like this style!!!
Would really like to hear that cover, Bill.  BTW, just returned from ROTR 2009 .... another excellent festival!!

 
aqualight wrote:
I saw him do a Bonnie Raitt cover at a Reggae On The River. Great stuff.

 


Thanks Bill. I'd have to try really hard to find this on FM. {#Lol}
when listening/// like in somewhere far from.my place...... at sunny hot Africa...

An amazing DJ in the UK used to do some great playlists involving African music - John Robert Parker Ravenscroft AKA - John Peel (RIP) -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peel ... YEAH BILL you da man!! {#Clap}
all the best to the coolest place on the continent!
I saw him do a Bonnie Raitt cover at a Reggae On The River. Great stuff.

 horstman wrote:

Maybe it's because they are close minded idiots?

I see a man, with a guitar, standing in a field wearing a white shirt.

 

You and George Costanza.
 Gartholamundi wrote:

totally excellent, and i completely agree. whoop! whoop! {#Bananasplit}
 

Absolutely, totally agree. I have a very nice World Music playlist on my iPod of songs and artists I was introduced to via RP.
jameyp wrote:
THIS IS GREAT! I love it when RP mixes in world music— yay Bill!

thank you {#Dancingbanana}

totally excellent, and i completely agree. whoop! whoop! {#Bananasplit}
THIS IS GREAT!  I love it when RP mixes in world music— yay Bill!

thank you {#Dancingbanana}
I love this guy's music.


See him/them live.  Lots of positive energy, good performance

Dancing in my chair! {#Bananasplit}
A bit pop-ish, but I like it. Great background music.
no, nothing special for this genre..........
 Kittee wrote:
Not my cup of tea. {#Shifty}
 

me either.

Not my cup of tea. {#Shifty}
 spraehbuer wrote:

well yeah, they are both...black !?

why is it when people see black people they always look like Danny Glover or Eddie Murphy ?

 
Maybe it's because they are close minded idiots?

I see a man, with a guitar, standing in a field wearing a white shirt.

Wonderful. Love the bass playing, sounds like EW influence.
I head-bob to this song....
I don't know, sometimes I see Colin Powell. spraehbuer wrote:
well yeah, they are both...black !? why is it when people see black people they always look like Danny Glover or Eddie Murphy ?
meloman wrote:
Very catchy tune, and what a surprise (and relief) no Peter Gabriel.
that was funny
good tune.
spraehbuer wrote:
well yeah, they are both...black !? why is it when people see black people they always look like Danny Glover or Eddie Murphy ?
Looks like Danny Glover to me.
He looks more like Harry Belafonte to me.
d00kie wrote:
..Hey this guy (at least from the cover art) looks like Danny Glover a bit :-)
well yeah, they are both...black !? why is it when people see black people they always look like Danny Glover or Eddie Murphy ?
Perfect for tonight!
Nope this does nothing for me
Love this piece! Thanks, Bill!
sweet tune
dwa375 wrote:
Sounds like some kind of Sesame Street on drugs. It's awful.
LMAO!!! he said Sesame Street on drugs.. heheh... Hey this guy (at least from the cover art) looks like Danny Glover a bit :-)
Love the way it just noodles along.
To bad it's not played as often as it once was(judging from the comments)
Fantastic. Let's have some more Zimbabweans please RP. What about some Thomas Mapfumo?
Been quite a long time since I've heard this on the RP... it's like seeing an old friend again. Very nice Mr. Mtukudzi...
coding_to_music wrote:
Sounded like a pager or cell phone or beeping backup alarm for a while during the song. They may think that is charming and modern, I think "Answer the pager!"
I don't hear it; maybe it was the dev in the cubicle next to you?
what's not to like!!
Just one more bannana for one that makes me groove in my chair
More bananas! 7
That slap bass in the middle was way cool!
leoparadise wrote:
The emoticons are getting WAY out of control on the comments for this song.
Here's another helping of bananas:
The emoticons are getting WAY out of control on the comments for this song.
I like it!
I frigin love this guy
Very catchy tune, and what a surprise (and relief) no Peter Gabriel.
What an amazing thing to find here, on the other hand maybe not, why am I surprised?
very good..
dwa375 wrote:
Sounds like some kind of Seseme Street on drugs.
catmaven wrote:
Provide translation at least, please.
These are two of the most bizarre, incoherent comments I've ever seen on RP.
Great stuff. WaltK wrote:
How 'bout some Nigerian rock while we're at it?
I like that idea!
Sounded like a pager or cell phone or beeping backup alarm for a while during the song. They may think that is charming and modern, I think "Answer the pager!" Aside from that, a fun song...
Played too much? Peesh!
mafe wrote:
I caught myself shaking it in my cubicle...
That's embarassing. I never know what to say to myself when that happens....
I have no idea what he's singing, but it sounds really cool! How 'bout some Nigerian rock while we're at it? Those guys can really get down.
I like african music
How 'bout some Baka Beyond?
Sounds like some kind of Seseme Street on drugs. It's awful.
Platypus wrote:
alright, this one was interesting the first 300 times that I heard it - but now it seems like its being played at least twice a day. i dont know, maybe he's got another song that sounds exactly like this one, and i keep on thinking that its the same song, but either way, the extremely high rotation is driving me up the wall.
I agree, and also agree with another listener that it is obtrusive. Provide translation at least, please.
I dig it!
Great song! I love it. I went to the website (click here) and they have a video of this song with subtitles. The song is basically about a youth ignoring the wisdom of his elders.
Play all the music from Zimbabwe you want. Thomas Mapfumo is great too.
Mmm, makes me think of summer 2004, when I stumbled upon this guy. \:D/
Although this song is likable enough, I feel the need to join the chorus of the "does it need this much airplay?" crowd. Since it has such a distinctive sound, I think it does tend to stand out more than other songs that may be getting equal (or heavier) airplay.