SAUTI SOL – SURA YAKO

After several months of living in Kenya and listening to Swahili music in bars/clubs I still hadn’t fully grasped the meaning of my favourite songs. Fortunately you can find the lyrics for most popular East African songs online, unfortunately Google Translate still isn’t perfect.

In an effort to learn the language and help other expats I’ve teamed up with my friend Pauline Atieno to translate some of our favourite songs and place them side by side with the original lyrics below! The first song and one I’ve been listening to on loop is Sura Yako by Sauti Sol.

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

Song: SAUTI SOL – SURA YAKO

Original Lyrics – MetroLyrics 

Translator: Pauline Atieno

Original Lyrics:

Verse 1 (Delvin):
Nimekuchaguawewe, Nikupende,
Mama, Sitakimwingine,
Aushiusiniache, Usinitende,
Mama, Usipende mwingine,
Moyo wangu ni mwepesi,
Umenikaliachapati,
Nafanyavitukokamachizi,
Kukupendasitasizi,
Moyowangunimwepesi,
Umenikaliachapati,
Nafanyavitukokamachizi,
Kukupendasitasizi.

Chorus 1:
Surayakomzuri mama, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Na tabasamulakomaua, Aaaah,
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama) [x2]

Verse 2 (Bien Aime):
Itabidinikulinde, Nikutunze,
Mama, Usikoselolote,
Pete nayonikuvishe, Nikuoe,
Mama, Usiendepopote,
Juumoyowanguushakubali,
Umenikaliachapati,

Nitakulindakamapolisi, Eh!
Itabidinikumarry,
Moyowanguushakubali,
Umenikaliachapati,
Nitakulindakamapolisi, Eh!
Itabidinikumarry.

Chorus 2:
Surayakomzuri mama, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Na tabasamulakomaua, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Na figure yakokamayachupa, Aaaah
(Mzuri Mama {baby}, mzuri mama {yeaah}, mzuri mama)
Na surayakomzuri mama, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)

Bridge (Bien Aime):
Pigadansikidogo,
Piga Da…..PigaDansikidogo,
Dansikidogo,
Piga Da…..PigaDansikidogo.
Dansikidogo,
Piga Da…..PigaDansikidogo.
Dansikidogo………………………

Chorus 3:
Surayakomzuri mama, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Tabasamulakomaua, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Surayakomzuri mama, oh eh
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Na figure yakokamayachupa, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Na tabasamulakomaua, Aaaah
(Mzuri mama, mzuri mama, mzuri mama)
Ni weweni we
Ni weweni we
Ni weweni we

English Version:

Verse 1 (Delvin):

I have chosen you, to love you,
Girl, I don’t want any other
Never leave my side, don’t do me wrong
Girl, don’t love any other,
My heart is light,
You control me,
I do crazy things like a mad man,
I’ll never stop loving you,
My heart is light,
You control me,
I do crazy things like a mad man,
I’ll never stop loving you,

Chorus 1:

Your face is beautiful girl, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
And your smile (is like) a flower, Aaaah,
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl) [x2]

Verse 2 (Bien Aime):

I have to protect you, care for you,
Girl, Do not lack anything,
Put a ring on you, marry you,
Girl, Do not go anywhere,
My heart has already accepted (that)You control me
I will protect you like a police man, Eh!
I’ll have to marry you,
My heart has already accepted (that)You control me,
I will protect you like a police man, Eh!
I’ll have to marry you,

Chorus 2:

Your face is beautiful girl, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
And your smile (is like) a flower, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
And your figure is as a bottle, Aaaah
(Beautiful girl {baby}, beautiful girl {yeah} beautiful girl)
And your face is beautiful girl, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)

Bridge (Bien Aime):
Dance a little!
Dance a little,
Dance a little.
Dance a little,
Dance a little.
Dance a little ………………………

Chorus 3:

Your face is beautiful girl, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
Your smile (is like) a flower, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
Your face is beautiful girl, oh eh
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl) You are so so beautiful
Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
Aaaah You are so, so
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
And your figure as a bottle, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
And your smile (is like) a flower, Aaaah
(beautiful girl, beautiful girl, beautiful girl)
Its you, its you
Its you, its you
It you, its you