Ret-RAW Saturdays: Wazimbo – Nwahulwana


Maputo born, Humberto Carlos Benfica, who is famously known as Wazimbo, is regarded as one of the greatest voices of Mozambique and one of the most famous marrabenta singers.

The song “Nwahulwana” (night bird), released in 1988, is one of his outstanding works. The song was featured first in a Microsoft commercial in California. In 2001, it was part of the sound track for the movie “The Pledge”, directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson.

In “Nwahulwana”, Wazimbo expresses some sadness on the lifestyle of a wonderful young lady whom he refers to as “his sister – Maria” wasting her life having a different man every night.

Parts of the song can be translated as: “You are a night bird, moving after dark from bar to bar.” Check out the video below;

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