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Swati poem, translated by Saisse Chechene

Small love poem translated into siswati (swati, swazi), the national language of Swaziland. My poem in this Bantu language of the Nguni group will have about 3 million readers in South Africa and Swaziland.

The Swazis who speak this language live in Swaziland, a small country in Africa, and more are in South Africa. The Swazis are farmers and ranchers, they live in extended families in kraals with their cattle. They are patrilineal and patrilocal. They are integrated into a very complex state, based on conquest, on territorial links and on age classes of warriors. At the head of this society, stratified with aristocracy and common people, there exists a divine king, subject each year, to fortify the nation, to a ritual corresponding to the beginnings feast: the incwala. Swaziland is a small kingdom of southern Africa, ethnically very homogeneous as it is 92% populated by the Swazis
African poems