Dickson Ndambuki sent me this song and wrote... "The song is sung in nursery schools by little children among the Akamba tribe in Kenya... The Akamba are one of the major Bantu tribes in Eastern Kenya."

Notes

Vocabulary

Wakyuma = Sunday
Katambanga = very early in the morning (dawn)
Musumbi = King
Na = and (or with)
Kana = child
Kanini = Little; thus Kana kanini = little child
Mookie kwitu = Called on us
Tukethanie namo = to greet us
kasya = said
ethiwa ndekw'o = if he is not in
tukooka ingi = we shall come(call) again
uni = tomorrow

Comments

Kikamba is a Bantu language spoken by the Akamba tribe.

There's a similar song in French called "Lundi matin" ("Monday Morning"). Dickson confirmed that the two songs have the same tune. Click the link to see the French song on one of the Mama Lisa's World France song pages.

Listen

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Wakyumwa Katambanga

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Dickson Ndambuki for contributing this song. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for the midi tune.

Nuseo!

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