The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #79655   Message #1448605
Posted By: Joe Offer
01-Apr-05 - 12:36 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: ADD: Shosholoza
Aziai, Sweet Honey in the Rock recorded a children's version of "Somagwaza" on a CD called I Got Shoes. The other recordigns I found were from Pete Seeger and from Peter, Paul and Mary.
This Gumboots site has lyrics and translation for "Shosholoza." I thought I heard it sung by Pete Seeger or some other American folkie, but I can't find it.
-Joe Offer-

Shosholoza

Shosholoza (shosholoza)
Kulezo ntaba stimela zaseSouth Afrika
Wen(a) uyabaleka (wen' uyabaleka)
kulezo ntaba stimela zaseSouth Afrika
(repeat)

Qubula zasha! (Qubula zasha)


Kwenze njani?
Thula washiya! (washiya!)
Thuta amabhakede Iza!


Translation

Move fast
on those mountains
train from South Afrika.
You are running away
on those mountains
train from South Afrika.



Up it goes (up it goes)

What is wrong?
Be quiet! Leave behind
Move the buckets. Come!