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Tungo za Mzee Kimbunga: Haji Gora Haji

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Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig
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  • Swahili
  • Poesie
  • Tansania
  • Haji Gora Haji
  • Poetry
  • Tanzania
  • Ddc:496
  • Versdichtung

Abstract

Haji Gora Haji (1933) is a Swahili poet from Tumbatu. Some people in Zanzibar call him `The Old Hurricane´ after the title and the first poem of his anthology Kimbunga (1994 Dar es Salaam: Taasisi ya Uchunguzi wa Kiswahili) that made him well-known all over Taniania. While making a living from the sea, as a fisherman, porter in the harbour, sailor and transporter of cloves, he has been composing, since 1955, a large amount of ngoma and taarab songs, riddles, tenzi and mashairi, short stories and, recently, a short novel. This paper discusses metaphors and images that are characteristic of Haji Gora`s work, the way in which they reveal his identity and how they have been put in terms of contradictions and oppositions.

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