African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Tag: Embu

Pounding Beer

An Embu pounding song from north eastern Kenya, close to Mount Kenya. Pounding songs are sung by women using mortar and pestle to pound grain to flour, the thud of the pestle providing the songs’ rhythm (see also these poems). In this poem the singer pounds malted-millet grain to be made into millet beer for her husband, Mwaniki.

Let me pound beer, pound it for Mwaniki:
He is the one who drinks dilute beer…

Farming Song

A song from the Embu region of Kenya, sung by women at work on their farms.

Ululate for me, my time for going home is not yet,
I shall go home as the sun sets…

African Poems