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    Guabi Guabi

    Member since Feb 2002

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    Guabi, Guabi: a South African folk song tremendously popular with folkies in the 60s and 70s, thanks to the recordings of Jack Elliott, Jim Kweskin, and Arlo Guthrie. It's a Zulu children's song with a wonderful melody and addictive guitar fingerpicking, and was taken from the singing and playing of guitarist George Sibanda. It can be found on an album put out by Decca called Guitars of Africa.

    The song is about someone who teases his girlfriend by holding something behind his back and saying, "Guess what I've got." It's an interesting mix of Zulu and French expressions, and this English transliteration and translation is from Andrew Tracy of the African Music Society:

    "Guabi, Guabi, guzwangle notamb yami,
    (Hear, Guabi, Guabi, I have a girlfriend)
    Ihlale nkamben', shu'ngyamtanda
    (She lives at Nkamben, sure I love her)
    Ngizamtenge la mabanzi, iziwichi le banana."
    (I will buy her buns, sweets, and bananas.)

    In 1978, at Wolf Trap (in Vienna, Virginia). Arlo Guthrie recorded the song with the following lyrics:

    Guabi Guabi kuzwan le toum diome
    Ize les gambi shooey entana
    Guabi Guabi kuzwan le toum diome
    Ize les gambi shooey entana

    Ni izome tingy la ma bonza
    Ize widgy le ba na na
    Ni izome tingy la ma bonza
    Ize widgy le ba na na


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