Edited by Azizi Powell
This post presents examples of video examples Of a Zimbabwe hymn "Ishe Ndinzwe Nokufara". This hymn's title is also given as "Ishe Ndinzwe Nekufara".
Information about the Shona language and the Shona lyrics for this song are also included in this post. An English translation of those lyrics would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks to the composer of this hymn. Thanks also to all those who are featured in videos shown in this post and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and the publishers of these examples on YouTube.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHONA LANGUAGE
"Shona... or chiShona, is a Bantu language, native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe…
Shona is a principal language of Zimbabwe, along with Ndebele and the official business language, English. Shona is spoken by a large percentage of the people in Zimbabwe. Other countries that host Shona language speakers include Botswana and Mozambique"...
The Bantu language with the largest total number of speakers is Swahili; however, the majority of its speakers know it as a second language. According to Ethnologue, there are over 180 million L2 (second-language) speakers, but only about 45 million native speakers.
According to Ethnologue, Shona is the most widely spoken as a first language, with 10.8 million speakers (or 14.2 million if Manyika and Ndau are included), followed closely by Zulu, with 10.3 million. Ethnologue separates the largely mutually intelligible Kinyarwanda and Kirundi, but, if grouped together, they have 12.4 million speakers
LYRICS (SHONA LANGUAGE)
From https://www.facebook.com/nziyodzeafm/posts/206817866106723 June 14, 2012 Nziyo dzeChishona
Ishe Ndinzwe Nokufara
Ishe ndinzwe nekufara
Ndinzwe netsitsi dzako
Dzaunopa vanhu vose
Ngadziuye pandiri, pandiri.
Rega kundisiya, Baba,
Kana ndiri mutadzi,
Asi uya pandiri, pandiri.
Uya pano, Muponisi!
Ndichauya kwauri, kwauri.
Mweya Mutsvenewa Mwari!
Ngandione ndiri bofu,
Taurai izwi resimba, resimba.
Rudo rwako Mwari Baba,
Kungavepo kwandiri, kwandiri
REQUEST FOR ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THIS SONG AND OTHER SHONA SONGS
Unfortunately, I don't speak Shona or any other language except English. While there are several video examples of this song and online lyrics for these songs in the Shona language, I've been unable to find any online English translations (or Spanish or French lyrics which can be translated to English via Google translate) for this or any other Shona Gospel song. Having an English translation, or at least an English translation of the title and summary of Shona songs would add to my (and I'm sure many others') appreciation of these songs.
UPDATE March 22, 2016: Thanks to Vivian Maravanyika for posting an English translation of this song in the comment section below. Your help is greatly appreciated!
These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated video given first.
Example #1: Ishe ndinzwe nekufara.mp4
mtapemunya, Uploaded on Sep 23, 2011
AFM Worship team 2011
"AFM" = Apostolic Faith Mission, part of the Christian Pentecostal demonination
Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Judalo J, 2013
"i love this hymn thank u for posting it ,it uplifts my soul weneva m down
"weneva m down"= whenever I am down (sad).
Example #2: ISHE NDINZWE NOKUFARA - Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship - UK
Naison Bangure Published on Oct 14, 2013
dashing 16, 2013
"Where in UK is this???"
Naison Bangure, 2013
@ Dashing 16, this was at a Conference heldbin Derbyshire. Participants came from Fellowship branches countrywide.
Example #3: Ishe Ndinzwe by Richard Chimbetete & D28
Richard Chimbetete, Published on Apr 5, 2015
From the album One more move
The video that was previously given for Example #3 is no longer available. I added this video on March 22, 2016.
Example #4: Ishe Ndinzwe Nekufara by Dr A Madziyire
Judah Danda, Published on Jan 27, 2015
The Apostolic Faith Mission
Is Dr. A Madziyire the composer of this hymn?
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