I’ve spent most of today trying to teach myself some Swahili. I think my greeting says, ‘Hello Friends’ – well that’s what it’s meant to say anyway. :crazy:
I’m preparing to work in Hartside School, Crook which is twinned with a school in Tanzania. I’ve discovered that one of Tanzania’s most famous poets was a man called Robert Shaaban, but I can’t get hold of a translation of his poetry at this late stage, (except for the last poem he wrote, ‘Uzee’ [Old Age]which I found on the internet.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; what a wonderful thing poetry is -the places it leads you. Who’d have thought that this weekend I’d be on the east coast of Africa trying to learn Swahili! (Well in my study, surfing the net actually)
Be that as it may, during my time at Hartside we’ll be looking at poetry from other cultures, trying to pick up on some rhythms different from our own. I’ve found a fantastic poem called ‘Limbo’ by a Carribbean Writer, Edward Kamau Brathwaite. I’m sure the children at Hartside will enjoy it – hope so. Karibu for now!
😳 This is in case I’ve got the Swahili words wrong!