A Tribute to the House of Wonders

You were built with stones and soil and woods
To present the epitome of pride and of greatness
Barghash made you stand tall and high
To be a focus of our pure character
On the shores of the Indian Ocean –
The tropical sun had you blessed!


Zanzibar Reconciliation (Episode 3): A Chat with Prof. Ziddy on the Islamic Perspectives

Zanzibar is not governed by Islamic Laws, but its society is almost 95% Muslim. Logically, we might think that their daily activities would have reflected this reality – dos and donts according to Islamic values and orientations. But where does their political reconciliation stand on this environment? Professor Issa Ziddy from the State University of Zanzibar is joining me in our today’s episode.


Zanzibar Reconciliation (Episode 2): A Chat With Ismail Jussa on the WHY

Apart from big questions on “the HOW” and “the WHEN” about Zanzibar Reconciliation, another most important question is “the WHY” of what they call Maridhiano in Kiswahili. In this chat, I am joined by Ismail Jussa, one of the few politicians who has been a part of almost every political reconciliation between polarised parts in Zanzibar.


Zanzibar Reconciliation (Episode 1): A Chat with Lawyer Awadh on the Controversy

The decision by ACT Wazalendo to join the Government of National Unity in Zanzibar after the October 2020 fraud elections has caused fierce discussions between supporters and opponents, both within and outside the party. In particular, this chat is about the debate between supporters of the decision in Zanzibar and the opponents from the main opposition party in Tanzania Mainland, CHADEMA. The former president of Zanzibar Law Society, Awadh Ali Said, joins me in the chat.


Miye Zombi/I am a Zombie

Mama aliponizaa, alidhani kazaa mtu
Akanilea nikuwe
Akanifunza ili niwe
Binaadamu si jiwe
Bali mara akazuka –
Nduli akaja nitwaa!

When my mother gave birth to me
She thought she’d brough a human being
To this challenging world
She brought me up
And taught me how to behave
As a human being and not an animal
But then came a monster and took me away!


Kati ya Pendo na Chuki/The Line Between Love and Hate

Kati ya pendo na chuki, pana mpaka mwembamba
Hata pima haufiki, ukiupima kwa kamba
Jana ulomuashiki, nyimboni ukamuimba
Leo bure humtaki, akitajwa unavimba

A line between love and hate is but so thin
Not even a yard if measured with thread
The one whom you yesterday desired –
For whom you sang all songs
Today, they are just rubbish 
And good for nothing