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Sakimas song Sakima's song

Written by Ursula Nafula

Illustrated by Peris Wachuka

Translated by Muyunda Malambo

Language SiLozi

Level Level 3

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Sakima nehayena nib a shemi ni kezeli wa haye ne hani silimo zeku ma fo.Ne ba ena fa mubu ya bana ba ba fumile

Sakima lived with his parents and his four year old sister. They lived on a rich man’s land. Their grass-thatched hut was at the end of a row of trees.


Ane sakima na fetile sillimo ze talo ne akulile ni ku leka ku bona

When Sakima was three years old, he fell sick and lost his sight. Sakima was a talented boy.


Sakima naayezanga lika zenata kufita ba likani ba aye. Kweina ni baba ulu mwalapa ku ambola makaride.

Sakima did many things that other six year old boys did not do. For example, he could sit with older members of the village and discuss important matters.


Bashemi ba ha ye ne ba beleka mwandei ya bana ba la fumile. Ne ba zwa kwandu kakusasani kuta ha manzibwana.sakima na a seyalanga ni kezeli wa ha fe.

The parents of Sakima worked at the rich man’s house. They left home early in the morning and returned late in the evening. Sakima was left with his little sister.


Sakaima ne a latanga ku opela ma pina zaze e limu bo maye se ba mubuza” Uyetutanga kakai ma pina, sakama?

Sakima loved to sing songs. One day his mother asked him, “Where do you learn these songs from, Sakima?”


Skima se abahalaba,” nay a ze ba, bo ma na yu utuwanga mwa toho ni kukaya ho pela.

Sakima answered, “They just come, mother. I hear them in my head and then I sing.”


Sakaima ne ha latanga ku opela ku muyani wa ha ye ha yeba ne a utwa muyani wa ha ye, he yeba ne a hautwanga ku neyma kezeli wa ha ye ne hautwanga ku enga enge apela ma pina neya latanga

Sakima liked to sing for his little sister, especially, if she felt hungry. His sister would listen to him singing his favourite song. She would sway to the soothing tune.


Opela ape ni ape, sakima kazele wa ha ye ku mukupa sakima na lume;a ni oku apela ape

“Can you sing it again and again, Sakima,” his sister would beg him. Sakima would accept and sing it over and over again.


Zaze lilimu ba shimi bah aye a ne ni ba kutile kwandi na banze zee sakima na zebele kuna ni butata

One evening when his parents returned home, they were very quiet. Sakima knew that there was something wrong.


Kini bo ma, bo ndante? Sakima se a buza sakima se a ziba kuli mwana wa bana ba ba fumile na lateyele

“What is wrong, mother, father?” Sakima asked. Sakima learned that the rich man’s son was missing. The man was very sad and lonely.


Na ko na ku ba opelela mwendi ba kona kuta bela ape” sakima se bulele ba shemi ba a ye ba shimi ba ha ye se ba hana,” balebafumile wena auboni, ubona pina ika pa tusa

“I can sing for him. He might be happy again,” Sakima told his parents. But his parents dismissed him. “He is very rich. You are only a blind boy. Do you think your song will help him?”


Chwale sakima neaska tawelu kazele wa ha ye na mu tusa ma pina ya sakima yani yusanya pnge neyemile. Ya ka ba tusa ni bona.

However, Sakima did not give up. His little sister supported him. She said, “Sakima’s songs soothe me when I am hungry. They will soothe the rich man too.”


Kakusasani sakima se abulelela kezele wa ha ye na ku muyesa kwandu ya ba fumi

The following day, Sakima asked his little sister to lead him to the rich man’s house.


Se ayema fali gelasi ni ku kale kupela pina ya lata. Ayeyani, Toho ya bana ba seyekala ka bo nahala fa glasi

He stood below one big window and began to sing his favourite song. Slowly, the head of the rich man began to show through the big window.


Ba beleki se ba tuwela za ne ba yeza. Se bateleza kupina ya sakima. Kuno muna a li mumwi sa a bu le la;; A kuna ya likile kubayeleleza chwale yow a kona?

The workers stopped what they were doing. They listened to Sakima’s beautiful song. But one man said, “Nobody has been able to console the boss. Does this blind boy think he will console him?”


Sakima na feleza ku opela se akala kuya chwale ba fumi se ba zwafande ni kubulela kuli naku pa opela ape

Sakima finished singing his song and turned to leave. But the rich man rushed out and said, “Please sing again.”


Ona fale se ba bona bana ba babeli ingeba shimbile mutu. Ne ba fuma ni mwana wa bon a enge ba mu na ti le ni ku mu se ya fa mu kwakwa

At that very moment, two men came carrying someone on a stretcher. They had found the rich man’s son beaten up and left on the side of the road.


Ba fumi ne ba tebila kubona mwana wa bona ape. Se ba fa sakima kwa ku ba yeleza se baisa mwana wa bona sipatela ni sakima kuyo bona ka pa kona yu ya lima ape.

The rich man was so happy to see his son again. He rewarded Sakima for consoling him. He took his son and Sakima to hospital so Sakima could regain his sight.


Written by: Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Peris Wachuka
Translated by: Muyunda Malambo
Language: SiLozi
Level: Level 3
Source: Sakima's song from African Storybook
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