Stories written by Hilary Siyachitema

Shona, Zimbabwe’s Local Language, Takes on Urban Grooves and Gets Street Cred

Ndipei sand dzangu,” (give me my hammers) sings Zimbabwean artist Winky D. He may be singing in Shona, the local language spoken by some 80 percent of Zimbabweans, but his Shona is different. It’s Street Shona. So what he really means, loosely translated, is that someone is exceptionally good at what they do and therefore needs to be recognised for this.