Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TOWNSHIP GUITAR

TOWNSHIP GUITAR
© Farouk Asvat

The township guitar keeps strumming
Strumming strumming
The migrant worker keeps thinking thinking
He keeps talk-talking
He keeps tell-telling me
About that white woman
He keeps say-saying
He's just wait-waiting
For the rev-revolution



© farouk asvat

* original composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].
# english translation by farouk asvat: 2007 [South Africa under new apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

Township Guitar was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p14, 1987); *
     University Students' Bursary Committee (University of Witwatersrand, p13, 1982); *
     Gitaar In De Township: Dutch translation by Irene Sheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p15, 2007); #
     www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com (24.07.2012); * #
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (03.02.2015); * #
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014); #
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p22, 2014). #

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the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT:

TOWNSHIP GUITAR
© Farouk Asvat

The township guitar keeps strumming
Strumming strumming
The migrant worker keeps thinking thinking
He keeps talk-talking
He keeps tell-telling me
About that mlungu mfaz
He keeps say-saying
He's just wait-waiting
For the rev-revolution


Bra Frooks is ...
                   []  nes 'n skollie
                    []  'n egte skollie
                    []  'n tsotsi
                    []  a real scamp
                    []  streetwise
                    []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                    []  praat soos 'n skollie
                    []  wietie soos 'n joster
                    []  wietie what-what
                    []  tunes like a durbanite
                    []  speaks like an englishman
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[] GITAAR IN DE TOWNSHIP

     Dutch translation by © Irene Sheltes

De gitaar in de township blijft pingelen
Pingelen pingelen
De trekarbeider blijft denken denken
Blijft pra-praten
Blijft mij ver-vertellen
Over die mlungu mfaz
Blijft zeg-zeggen
Dat hij alleen maar wa-wacht
Op de rev-revolutie

     Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Sheltes

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

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