The Beautiful Clay Water Pot

In most traditional African homes, a water pot sits at a corner. The beautifully shaped clay pot is an old queen that holds and cools the families’ drinking water. Rarely, is this pot moved, and rarely is it taken outside to bask in the sunshine. In fact, this queen...

Bomb of Employment

“Bomu La Ajira” (Bomb of Employment) by Sabatho Nyamsenda. Recited during the 12th Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual Festival 2021. Translated by Mwongela Kamencu “You liars listen, stop propagating the propaganda, That (un)employment is not a problem, And that...
Rasta Never Die

Rasta Never Die

I When I was a lil’ boy of 14 I wanted to be jus’ like Brass Big boots, jeans Dreadlock Rasta – Jus like Brass Before he became Brass He was Gib First Rastafarian to rock my hood That’s when tingz were nice and easy Life in Mwîmuto was good Gib...
Of Death and Life: Tribute to Papa Brass

Of Death and Life: Tribute to Papa Brass

The mystery of death and life sing o muse, Hinders the moral effort towards divine insight Reduces their chances of attaining eternal peace Why do you smile great sages of heaven? Is it fear of unknown to your own amusement? People will feast welcoming a new born...
Multitudes Within; Multitudes Without.

Multitudes Within; Multitudes Without.

Until Protest Becomes Uprising Last night two men were killed by the police Which means it will not be long before they start killing people like me They are killing those with braided cords in their hair To stop the flow of time Which means it will not be long before...
Virago

Virago

Dawn breaks with the tears of Isis, Or purple light, Or the colour of royalty, In a concentration camp, There are too many unspoken words, And festering wounds on infected toes and injured hearts, Memory is formless, Slipping through the cracks of our lives, And in...