13. MAPAREGO (HURDLES)

Maparego a re lebane
Legaigai segau-gau
Mmolai o re tlhasetse
Batswana re a moafala
Maparego, thaka ee tshesane
Matlhomantsi ke serai
Boitshwaro boikanyego ke go tshela

Oh bonkoko ba l’la dihii-hi
Ba kgaratlhela dikhutsana
Ba rwele mabogo ’tlhogong, iyo!
E ke ntwa ya matlho mahibidu
Makolwane rwalang dithebe
Makgarebe ikemeleng
Iye iye iye!

Oho, maparego ke a’go uwo uwo uwo
Maparego ke ame uwo uwo uwo
Re nne makgabe a dipapetla uwo uwo uwo
Maparego ke kgolo uwo uwo uwo…

Maparego tsala le ntsale
Leruarua legakabe
Mmolai yoo sa bonweng
O gamutlha ‘tshaba sa etsho
Dikhutsana le masiela
Batsetse ba ba tlhogoputswa
Mabogo dinku aa thebana, Batswana

Oh bonkoko ba l’la dihii-hii
Ba kgaratlhela dikhutsana
Ba rwele mabogo ’tlhogong, iyo!
E ke ntwa ya matlho mahibidu
Makolwane rwalang dithebe
Makgarebe ikemeleng
Iye iye iye!

Chorus

Iyo yo yo yo yo

Hurdles face us
destruction and ashes
A killer is on the attack
Batswana Nation we are vanishing
Hurdles, young people
Roving eyes breed temptation
Restraint, faithfulness is to live

Grandmothers weep
They strive for grand orphans
*1 They wear their hands over their heads
This is a red-eyed war
Young men arm your selves
Young women stand up for your selves


Oh, these hurdles are yours
These Hurdles are mine
Let us be make haste
Hurdles lead to growth

Hurdles, friends and cousins
A shark, an crow
An invisible killer
Is ravaging our nation
Orphans, infants who’ve have lost mothers at birth
Gray-haired parturients
*2 Let’s put hands together like sheep, Batswana Nation

Grandmothers weep
They strive for grand children who have lost their parents
*1 They wear their hands over their heads 
This is a red-eyed war
Young men arm your selves
Young women stand up for your selves




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MAPAREGO

A song about the scourge of HIV: An attempt to view it as a challenge and an opportunity for collective growth and expansion and as a battle that can be fought and won.

*1 As one does when weeping or to show deep regret

*2 It is through working together and cooperation that victory can be attained