Tate mbukutu (a singing animal) by Thelesa Daga

The story was like this

A father in a certain family, was  a hunter. He was usually going to the bush to hunt. One day when he went to hunt animals, he was lucky to have killed one. He brought it home. When he reached home, he left the dead animal in the kitchen. His children were just looking on, they did not bother to peel off the skin of the animal. So the animal started to sing….

Song

You children tate mbukutu tate mbukutu (X2)
your father tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
all that time he killed me tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
when is he going to peel off my skin? tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
mbukutu mbukutu mbukutu mbu tate mbukutu tate mbukutu

When the children heard the animal singing, they were shocked and ran to tell their father about what the dead animal was singing The father decided to peel off the animal’s skin immediately. After the skin was peeled off, he cut it up into pieces. But their mother was also just looking on, she did not cook it. Because of this, the cut pieces started to sing again saying….

Song

You children tate mbukutu tate mbukutu (X2)
all that time you peeled off my skin tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
when are you going to eat me? tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
mbukutu mbukutu mbukutu mbu tate mbukutu tate mbukutu

The children decided to cook the meat themselves and eat it. The met was now inside their bellies but it was still singing.

Song

You children tate mbukutu tate mbukutu (X2)
all that time you ate me tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
when are you going to shit me? tate mbukutu tate mbukutu
mbukutu mbukutu mbukutu mbu tate mbukutu tate mbukutu

The meat stopped crying in their bellies went they all went to the toilet to pass it out. And here the story ends.

 

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