|Leo ni Leo||Today is the Day|
|Leo ni leo, leo ni leo||Today is the day, today is the day,|
|Mtauona mpambano, kweli si uongo||You pl will see a struggle, truly, it’s no lie.|
|Jamali wa umbo, Na wajihi mwema||(You sg have) a beautiful figure, With a pleasant countenance|
|Mwingi wa urembo, Nawacha kusema||Full of beauty, I have nothing (further) to say|
|Wanitenda mambo, Bila ya huruma||You (sg.) are concerned with my business, Without mercy.|
This is a song Askew heard at a wedding; it announced the entrance of the bride into the reception hall. In the first verse the singers address the wedding guests, and in the second they praise the beauty of the bride. The meaning of some of the lines is not obvious, though may well refer to rivalries among certain guests.
Today is the day, today is the day
You will see a contest, and that’s no lie
Exquisite in body and in appearance
Beautiful throughout – I’ll stop talking
You treat me without mercy.
jamali [adj.] Exquisite (KA). Beautiful (TJH). See jamala courtesy, good manners, elegance, beauty, grace, gracious (kind, obliging) behavior, affability (FJ). Jamali wa umbo, Na wajihi mwema, (You sg have) a beautiful figure, With a pleasant countenance (KA-LL).
mpambano/mi- [n. 3/4] Competition, struggle (TJH). Contest (Ask). Encounter, battle, fight, match; collision, clash (Brill). See –pambana come together, get into contact, whether pleasant or otherwise, thus of ships. (1) go abreast, lie alongside, but usually (2) collide, fall foul of each other, jostle together (FJ). Mtauona mpambano, kweli si uongo, You will see a struggle, truly, it’s no lie (KA-LL).
umbo/ma- [n. 5/6] Figure, body shape (TJH). Shape, form, natural condition (appearance, constitution) (FJ). Shape, outward likeness; frame, form, fashion, natural condition, constitution, substance, appearance; beauty (Brill). Jamali wa umbo, Na wajihi mwema, (You sg have) a beautiful figure, With a pleasant countenance (KA-LL).
wajihi [n. 9/10] Form, appearance (FJ). Form, face, appearance; countenance of a man, dignity (Brill). Jamali wa umbo, Na wajihi mwema, (You sg have) a beautiful figure, With a pleasant countenance (KA-LL).