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Thread #79655   Message #1447813
Posted By: Azizi
31-Mar-05 - 08:39 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
I just KNOW that I have or had a CD somewhere of this song. Or maybe I heard it performed somewhere.

Does anyone know if Sweet Honey In The Rock ever performed this song? [yes-see above]

Also three or more years ago I had the experience of seeing a live performance of the South African show 'Gumboots'-I consider it one of THE BEST dance/singing shows that I ever saw.

I'm glad that I bought a CD of that show even before the first number was performed. At least I know where that CD is. One of the songs on the "Gumboots" CD is called 'Shosholoza'. The credit for rhis song is given as 'traditional'.

'Shosholoza' sounds similar to the Midis for 'Somagwaza', and both are slow and call & response [which admittedly describes a whole lot of songs]. Unfortunately, no lyrics are given for any song on the "Gumboots" CD and as I can't speak the language [Xhosa? Zulu?],
I can't tell what they are saying..but it sounds sad.


Well I just re-read the notes to the CD which indicate that 'Shosholoza' is a traditional working song [of the gold mine workers???] so I guess this isn't the same song as 'Somagwaza.'

I will still submit this post as some might be interested in picking up the "Gumboots" CD. It's a well done CD that presents the story of South African men who worked in the mines and developed the percussive gum boots foot stomps as a means of communicating with each other. The addition of metal bottle caps worn around the ankles for social peformances results in a highly percussive dance style that is so remarkably similar to African American university Greek letter fraternity & sorority 'steppin' that some people insists that African Americans got 'steppin' from South Africans {who in the early 20th century were enrolled in colleges in the USA}..
Maybe, maybe not...but that's a whole 'nuther subject...