Chanda Na Kay – Take All of Me Lyrics English Translation With Commentary
Commentary on Chanda Na Kay – Take All of Me English Lyrics (Ft. Abel Chungu)
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- Aba nyoli nyoli
Aba nyoli nyoli/abanyoli, singular umu nyoli nyoli/umunyoli is a Copperbelt-originating slang term for someone who is tough or strong. Aba nyoli nyoli has also been taken to mean ‘greatest rappers of all time’.
- Ine ukuya nobwato bwalapanga Noah/ I’ll go with the ark made by Noah
In his first line, Kay makes reference to Jonah being swallowed by the fish out of disobedience probably to imply he (Kay) doesn’t want to disobey God.
He makes this clear when he talks of Noah’s ark which symbolises siding with the righteous few in a corrupt world. The two lines can be summed up as: Instead of being like Jonah (disobedience), I’ll go with Noah’s ark (obedience).
- Ichebo chenu chali mu First Yohane Chapter 4/ Your word was in 1 John Chapter 4
1 John Chapter 4 especially from verse 7 onwards focuses on loving God and one’s neighbour, which is at the heart of the Christian faith.
- Nebo nashimpa amala muli mwebo/ I completely cling to you
This line literally translates as ”I’ve stuck my fingernails in you” but it’s about strongly holding on to or putting one’s trust in someone/something.
- Lesa aisa salapo umunyoli/ God chooses umunyoli
Chanda Na Kay call themselves abanyoli so this is Kay’s way of saying, “God chooses me.” See the note on aba nyoli nyoli above.
- Ama marriage interfere nebo nsekakofye/ Over marriage interference, I just laugh
Possibly meaning marriage interference is something he engages in like it’s nothing.
- Umuvelevele Jize/ The mighty one, Jesus
Umuvelevele is not a standard Bemba word. Like the informal terms, umunyoli and umupondo, it means someone who is strong, bold, mighty, etc.
- Tata ndekunkula ndi panshi/ Father, I bow down in adoration
This line literally translates as “father, I prostrate, I’m on the ground.”
- Pastor Saka Bobo nama Elders/ Pastor Saka Bobo and the Elders
While some of the names here may be of real pastors, it’s clear from names like Apostle Bad Boy that the people being mentioned are not clergymen. These are likely some of the people that have helped Chanda Na Kay be where they are today.
Some may take this as desecration but it’s just Chanda Na Kay being creative. Since they portray themselves as men of the pulpit in this song, it makes sense that the people that inspired and supported them are presented as being mostly clergymen as well.
- Pastor Konkili
Konkili is the Zambian vernacular term for concrete.
- Pastor Kakonkote
Kakonkote is the Bemba word for a mantis.
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|Title||Take All of Me|
|Artist||Chanda Na Kay, Abel Chungu Musuka|
|Released||20th Aug, 2021|
|Producers||Mass on This|
|Writers||Chanda Na Kay, Abel Chungu|
|Genre||Hip-Hop, Kopala Rap|
|Country of Origin||Zambia|
|Lyrics Translation||Ulwimbo.com (unofficial)|