African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Tag: Nandi

At the New Moon

Another Nandi children’s song from Kenya (see also Who will throw goat’s dung at me).

When the moon is new
The children, if they are Nandi,

Who will throw goat’s dung at me?

A Nandi Children’s song from Kenya, a humorous word-chain that links together all aspects of the children’s future life.

Who will throw goat’s dung at me?
What will you do with goat’s dung?..

Morning Prayers of the Elders (Uganda)

Two separate prayers of the Nandi people, who live in the highlands at the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. These are songs that would be recited at dawn to Asista, the Sun god, along with offerings of beer and milk.

Asista, give us health!
Asista, give us raided cattle!..

African Poems