‘Tanzania Nakupenda Kwa Moyo Wote’ is a beautiful Swahili song that I heard often while living in Tanzania. It is also featured in the documentary “Darwin’s Nightmare,” a film about the exploitative weapons and fish industry on the shores of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. I highly recommend the documentary to anyone interested in understanding ‘development,’ poverty, and human rights in Africa.

After an unsuccessful search for the tabs to “Mungu Ibariki Tanzania,” I attempted to figure them out myself. I’ve done the same thing here! Again, corrections are welcome. Also, please let me know if you know the lyrics to additional verses.

Tanzania Nakupenda Kwa Moyo Wote

C*         F                  C
Tanzania, Tanzania
G7                                      C
Nakupenda kwa moyo wote
C        F                     C
Nchi yangu Tanzania
G7                             C
Jina lako ni tamu sana
F                                C
Nilalapo nakuota wewe
G                                           C
Niamkapo ni heri mama we
C          F                 C
Tanzania, Tanzania
G7                                      C
Nakupenda kwa moyo wote

verse 2:

Tanzania, Tanzania

nanapo kwenda safarini.

Kutazama Maajabu, biashara nayo Makenzi.

Sitaweza kusahau mimi, nambo neme yakwetu kabisa,

Tanzania, Tanzania

nakupenda kwa moyo wote

The first verse translates (roughly) into English as:

Tanzania, Tanzania
I love you with all my heart
My country Tanzania
Your name is very sweet
When I sleep I dream of you
When I wake I am at peace
Tanzania, Tanzania
I love you with all my heart

*note: The “C” chord sounds good played  like this (I don’t know what the chord is called):

C
–3–
–1–
–0–
–2–
–3–
–0–