African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Tag: Pounding Songs

Stamping Song

A Shona song, sung by women to accompany the stamping or pounding of maize into flour (see also Pounding Songs).

You who are at the men’s meeting place,
The amount of sadza in the hand should be fine…

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…

Pounding Songs

Six songs, all from Malawi, sung by women using mortar and pestle to pound grain to flour, the thud of the pestle providing the songs’ rhythm.

African Poems