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Overview

  1. Lesson Title: Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group Marks First Anniversary - This is a report about an entertainment group in Northern Nigeria.
  2. Language: Hausa
  3. Topic: Culture/Society
  4. ILR Level: 1+/2
  5. ACTFL Proficiency: Advanced-Mid, Advanced-Low, Intermediate-High; This ACTFL rating is an approximation based on the ILR level
  6. Modality: Reading
  7. Learning Objective: Maintenance & Improvement
  8. Subject Area: Language
  9. Material Type: LO
  10. Publication Year: 2008
  11. ObjectID: HAUS_12620

CONTENT SOURCE: Ibrahim Alfa Ahmed (2008, April 26). Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group marks first anniversary. Voice of America. Washington, DC: Voice of America. http://www.voanews.com/hausa/SaaduZungur.cfm

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Content Description: This is a report about an entertainment group in Northern Nigeria.

Transcript


Original Translation

Kungiyar Hadakar Mawaka Ta Sa'adu Zungur Zata Cika Shekara Guda Da Kafuwa

Kungiyar hadakar mawaka da ake kira "Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group" tana shirin gudanar da bukukuwan cikar shekara guda da kafuwa. Wannan kungiya ta Sa'adu Zungur, tana da cibiyarta a Kanon Dabo.

Kungiyar Sa'adu Zungur ta kunshi mawaka kamar Mudassiru Kassim, Misbahu M. Ahmed, Adam M. Kirfi, Salisu Babba Hotoro, Aminu Ladan Abubakar (Aminu Ala) da kuma Maryam A. Baba (Maryam Sangandale).

A cikin tattaunawar da suka yi da filin "A Bari Ya Huce..." wasu daga cikin 'ya'yan kungiyar sun bayyana makasudin kafa ta, da manufofinta da matsayinta a yanzu da kuma irin abubawanm da ta sanya a gaba.

Mudassir Kassim, jami'in shirye-shiryen kungiyar, ya ce kungiyar tasu ta samo asali ne daga hadakar da suka ga ya dace su yi a tsakaninsu su mawaka. Manufofinsu kuwa in ji Mudassiru, sun hada da "...kare mutuncin addini...al'ada...mutuncin sana'armu da kuma yarenmu." Ya ce sun dauki sunan Sa'adu Zungur ne a saboda irin gudumawar da ya bayar wajen wake-waken fadakarwa, da siyasa da kuma farkar da jama'a ga irin 'yancin da suke da shi.

Misbahu M. Ahmed kuwa cewa yayi kungiyar ta su ta Sa'adu Zungur tana bayyana manufofinta ne ta hanyar wakoki tun da dukkan membobin kungiyar duk mawaka ne kuma da wakar aka sansu. Ya kara da cewa idan suka rungumi manufa, to su na kokarin su yada ta ne ta hanyar shirya wakoki.

Shi kuwa Salisu Babba Hotoro, yayi karin bayani da cewa a yanzu waka wata babbar kafa ce ta yada sako ga kowane irin jinsin al'umma. Ya ce sun dauki wani gagarumin shiri na yada zaman lafiya, domin a cewarsa, "...duk wani ci gaban al'umma ba zai samu ba sai an zauna lafiya." Shi ya sa a yanzu sun raba ma kawunansu fannoni dabam-dabam na zaman lafiya kowa yayi waka a kai, alal ga misali Maryam A. Baba ta yi wakar cewa Mace Ta Gari ita ce sila ta zaman lafiya, Aminu Ala yayi wakar muhimmancin ilmi ga Zaman Lafiya, Salisu Babba yayi wakar muhimmancin Soyayya ga azaman lafiya; Adam Kirfi ya ce Tarbiyya ce silar zaman lafiya, yayin da Mudassiru Kassim ya ce Shugaba Adali shi ne tushen zaman lafiya.

A lokacin da shi kuma yake tofa albarkacin bakinsa, Adam M. Kirfi ya ce daya daga cikin dalilansu na kafa wannan kungiya shi ne gudun kada a barsu a baya ganin cewa su mawaka ba su da kungiyar hadaka irin wannan. Ya ce ganin kowa yana da irin basirara da Allah Yayi masa, idan suka hada karfi wuri guda, su na iya taimakawa juna da jama'a tare da kawar da abinda ya kira "Bara-gurbi" da wake-wake na batsa a cikin wannan sana'a ta su.

Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group marks first anniversary

The Kano-based association of Hausa cultural entertainers known as "Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group" is preparing to hold celebrations for the first anniversary of its founding.

The Sa'adu Zungur group includes singers like Mudassiru Kassim, Misbahu M. Ahmed, Adam M. Kirfi, Salisu Babba Hotoro, Aminu Ladan Abubakar (Aminu Ala) and Maryam A. Baba (Maryam Sangandale).

In a conversation they had in a VOA Hausa musical program, "A Bari Ya Huce... ", some of the group members spoke on its aims, objectives, current status, and future plans. [The title "A Bari Ya Huce…" is derived from a Hausa proverb ("A bari ya huce shi ke kawo rabon wani"), which translates as "Seize the moment."]

Mudassiru Kassim, the group's programming officer, said their group came as a result of their resolve to cooperate towards achieving common goals, which include "satisfying professional, traditional and religious requirements of the trade." He said they adopted the name of Sa'adu Zungur, a poet, to honor his role in the political emancipation and intellectual development of the youth.

Misbahu M. Ahmed on his part, explained that as singers, they try to spread the message of their association through songs.

Also speaking, another member, Salisu Babba Hotoro explained further that they use their songs to spread the message of peace, "in view of its importance to the development of the community." He cited examples of Maryam A. Baba, Aminu Ala, Salisu Babba, Adam Kirfi, and Mudassiru Kassim, who composed songs dealing with the roles of women, education, love and good leadership, respectively, in bringing peace to the community.

In his contribution, Adam M. Kirfi said that among their reasons for establishing the group was the need to ensure that they remain updated on the current happenings in the music industry. He said, with the individual talents given to each of their members, they could join forces to advance themselves and society, and flush out the "bag eggs" in their profession.

Hausa English

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Translation
Kungiyar Hadakar Mawaka Ta Sa'adu Zungur Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group
Zata Cika Shekara Guda Da Kafuwa marks first anniversary
Kungiyar hadakar mawaka da ake kira "Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group" The Kano-based association of Hausa cultural entertainers known as "Sa'adu Zungur Entertainment Group"
tana shirin is preparing
gudanar da to hold
bukukuwan celebrations
cikar shekara guda for the first anniversary
da kafuwa. of its founding.
Wannan kungiya ta Sa'adu Zungur, n/a
tana da cibiyarta a Kanon Dabo. n/a
Kungiyar Sa'adu Zungur The Sa'adu Zungur group
ta kunshi mawaka includes singers
kamar Mudassiru Kassim, Misbahu M. Ahmed, Adam M. Kirfi, Salisu Babba Hotoro, Aminu Ladan Abubakar (Aminu Ala) da kuma Maryam A. Baba (Maryam Sangandale). like Mudassiru Kassim, Misbahu M. Ahmed, Adam M. Kirfi, Salisu Babba Hotoro, Aminu Ladan Abubakar (Aminu Ala) and Maryam A. Baba (Maryam Sangandale).
A cikin tattaunawar da suka yi In a conversation they had
da filin "A Bari Ya Huce..." in a VOA Hausa musical program, "A Bari Ya Huce... ",
wasu daga cikin 'ya'yan kungiyar some of the group members
sun bayyana spoke on
makasudin kafa ta, its aims,
da manufofinta objectives,
da matsayinta a yanzu current status,
da kuma irin abubawan da ta sanya a gaba. and future plans.
n/a [The title "A Bari Ya Huce…" is derived from a Hausa proverb ("A bari ya huce shi ke kawo rabon wani"), which translates as "Seize the moment."]
Mudassir Kassim, jami'in shirye-shiryen kungiyar, Mudassiru Kassim, the group's programming officer,
ya ce kungiyar tasu said their group
ta samo asali ne daga hadakar da came as a result of
suka ga ya dace su yi a tsakaninsu su mawaka. their resolve to cooperate towards achieving common goals,
Manufofinsu kuwa in ji Mudassiru, sun hada da which include
...kare mutuncin addini...al'ada...mutuncin sana'armu da kuma yarenmu. satisfying professional, traditional and religious requirements of the trade.
Ya ce sun dauki sunan Sa'adu Zungur ne He said they adopted the name of Sa'adu Zungur,
a saboda irin gudumawar da ya bayar wajen wake-waken fadakarwa, da siyasa da kuma farkar da jama'a ga irin 'yancin da suke da shi. a poet, to honor his role in the political emancipation and intellectual development of the youth.
Misbahu M. Ahmed kuwa cewa yayi kungiyar ta su ta Sa'adu Zungur tana Misbahu M. Ahmed on his part, explained that as singers, they try to
bayyana manufofinta ne ta hanyar wakoki tun da dukkan membobin kungiyar duk mawaka ne kuma da wakar aka sansu. spread the message of their association through songs.
Ya kara da cewa idan suka rungumi manufa, to su na kokarin su yada ta ne ta hanyar shirya wakoki. n/a
Shi kuwa Salisu Babba Hotoro, Also speaking, another member, Salisu Babba Hotoro
yayi karin bayani da cewa explained further that
a yanzu waka wata babbar kafa ce they use their songs
ta yada sako to spread the message
ga kowane irin jinsin al'umma. of peace, "in view of its importance to the development of the community." He cited examples of Maryam A. Baba, Aminu Ala, Salisu Babba, Adam Kirfi, and Mudassiru Kassim, who composed songs dealing with the roles of women, education, love and good leadership, respectively, in bringing peace to the community.
Ya ce sun dauki wani gagarumin shiri na yada zaman lafiya, domin a cewarsa, "...duk wani ci gaban al'umma ba zai samu ba sai an zauna lafiya." Shi ya sa a yanzu sun raba ma kawunansu fannoni dabam-dabam na zaman lafiya kowa yayi waka a kai, alal ga misali Maryam A. Baba ta yi wakar cewa Mace Ta Gari ita ce sila ta zaman lafiya, Aminu Ala yayi wakar muhimmancin ilmi ga Zaman Lafiya, Salisu Babba yayi wakar muhimmancin Soyayya ga azaman lafiya; Adam Kirfi ya ce Tarbiyya ce silar zaman lafiya, yayin da Mudassiru Kassim ya ce Shugaba Adali shi ne tushen zaman lafiya. A lokacin da shi kuma yake tofa albarkacin bakinsa, Adam M. Kirfi ya ce daya daga cikin dalilansu na kafa wannan kungiya shi ne gudun kada a barsu a baya ganin cewa su mawaka ba su da kungiyar hadaka irin wannan. In his contribution, Adam M. Kirfi said that among their reasons for establishing the group was the need to ensure that they remain updated on the current happenings in the music industry.
Ya ce ganin kowa yana da irin basirara da Allah Yayi masa, idan suka hada karfi wuri guda, su na iya taimakawa juna da jama'a tare da kawar da abinda ya kira "Bara-gurbi" da wake-wake na batsa He said, with the individual talents given to each of their members, they could join forces to advance themselves and society, and flush out the "bag eggs"
a cikin wannan sana'a ta su. in their profession.

Glossary

Hausa English Meaning
Wake-wake na batsa "Crude songs". Songs with publicly unacceptable words.
Fakar da jama'a Literally "wake people up." Educate, make people see a better picture, awareness.
Hada karfi wuri guda Literally "put powers/strength in one place." Come together as a team
Suka rungumi manufa Literally "they hugged their aim". They were determined
Ta samo asali Literally "she found origin." Originated from, had its origin.
Kawunansu Literally "their heads." Together, referring to coming together as a team.
Cibiyarta Literally "her navel." Its source, center.
Kanon Dabo Dabo's Kano, referring to the present Kano state. Refer to the Learn More notes for more information.
'Ya'yan kungiyar Literally "the group's children." Members of the group.

Notes

1. Music in Hausa societies is used to celebrate births, marriages, circumcisions and other traditional activities. Traditional Hausa music follows a pattern of using single (usually stringed) instruments and in more experimental groups is accompanied by either drumming or thumping. Rural musicians use distinct instruments such as an elongated trumpet (kakakai), drums (ganga) and a one-stringed fiddle (goge), as do famous musicians such as Dan Maraya and Dan Kwairo. The client-focused nature of the music delegates it to the “low art” category of traditional entertainment.

2. Due to western influence, traditional Hausa music is said to be facing threats of becoming extinct. Most modern Hausa musicians copy other cultures' styles of music and instruments, as can be seen with the influence of Indian styles of music and most recently, rap music, on popular Hausa music today.

3. Institutions such as the center for Hausa Cultural Studies at the university in the Kano state are making efforts to revive Hausa culture and the dying traditional music, which used to be known for combining rhythm with meaning. Some artists like “Sa’adu Zungur Entertainment Group” are also making efforts to promote Hausa music, as they only use lyrics that send positive messages of peace, religion, culture and Hausa types of business to the public.

For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.indopedia.org/Music_of_Nigeria.html#Hausa http://allafrica.com/stories/200710290909.html http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/hausa.html

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         <note>Music in Nigeria has produced diverse kinds of folk and popular music, some even known worldwide. Such popular music has made Nigeria “the heart of African music.” The different styles of folk music are unique to the hundreds of tribal and ethnic groups in the country. Each group uses its own techniques, songs, and instruments, and bronze carvings depicting their source of instruments  date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Most of the Nigerian artists are not considered "professionals" by the western standard even though they perform beautiful music and have variable musical composition skills.  The northern Muslims and the north eastern people of Adamawa state have groups of specialized musicians. Some of the ethnic groups believe their music or songs are taught by their ancestors while others give credit to specific composers.

Hausa, one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, has been influenced by Islam. Their music, generally praise songs, was originally influenced by the Arabic scale and free-rhythm creativeness until recently when the artists started adopting other styles.

http://encarta.msn.com/media_461563660_761579171_-1_1/Traditional_Hausa_Music_of_Nigeria.html
http://www.nigeria-planet.com/Nigerian-Music.html</note>
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2. Hausa children spend time dancing in groups at designated places like playgrounds and market areas. In rural areas, young men and women also sing as they work, especially when the women are doing their house chores and the men working at the farm.  Some sing praises about their leaders, kings, history and prominent people.

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-05-09-voa11.cfm
http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Hausa.html

3. Sa’adu Zungur is one of the  leading Hausa poets of the mid-twentieth century. He also was a great politician who promoted the ideals of democracy and made it a meaningful concept in Nigeria. Sa’adu Zungur was the initiator of the first Northern political party that formed a forum to join their southern counterparts in fighting for Nigeria’s independence from the colonial masters. 
You may find more information at:
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Kanon Dabo: In Hausaland, like in most societies, prominent people's names are used to identify or name regions; in most cases this is because the people played a part in the creation of the place/region. People also use names of states/regions as their last names to show where they come from or how important they are in their place of origin (e.g Ibrahim Sani Katsina; Katsina is a state in Northern Nigeria.)</note>
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