Elani – Milele

Milele is a Kenyan love song about 2 forbidden lovers. She wants to introduce him to her family but they are afraid he won’t be accepted because he’s poor. The video depicts the family trying to set her up with a young doctor. 

Translated by: Lily Kisenga

Reviewed by: Linda Wacheke

Original Lyrics : Musix Match 

Click play on the video and follow along with the translation below. 

Original Lyrics

Malenga wa kubadili zao nia,
Kama una masikio sikia,
Usije basi ukapuliza gunia,
na wenye roho nyepesi watasengenya,
hawatatuombea,
na mi nishakupenda wewe
kwa wazazi nikupeleke,
na mi nishakupenda wewe… wewe

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(In Unison)
Subira jaribu kuivuta leo,
Subira jaribu kuivuta eeeeeh,
Subira jaribu kuivuta leo,
Subira jaribu kuivuta leeeeoooo…

2(Maureen)
Bagua, bagua, utabaguliwa,
Pokea utakubaliwa,
Tabia tabia, imani ndiyo njia,
nimeamua nikupende,
Watu wasitenganishe,
Niwe wako milele,
juu mi nishakupenda wewe,
kwa wazazi nikupeleke,
mi nishakupenda eeeeeh

English Lyrics

The poets who change their minds/
if you have ears, listen
so you don’t mess up
and those with fickle hearts
will gossip
they won’t wish us well
and I have already loved you
I’ll introduce you to my parents
I have already loved you… you

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Try and be patient today,
try and be patient
try and be patient today,
try and be patient today

Discriminate, and you’ll be discriminated against
accept and you will be accepted
behaviour, have faith
I have decided to love you
people should not bring us apart
I will be yours forever
because I have already loved you
I’ll introduce you to my parents
I have already loved you