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Thread #79655   Message #2033295
Posted By: Azizi
23-Apr-07 - 07:51 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Finally-a post from a person who originally from South Africa or has lived for some time in South Africa as per his screen name "Xhosa boy" [though if you are really Xhosa, and you are male, and are as adult as your words sound, in the context of contemporary USA, you would not refer to yourself as "boy" as this has negative racist connotations. Instead, to avoid those you probably would have named yourself "Xhosa man"] ...

Cultural connotations notwithstanding, THANK YOU for your comments, poster 23 Apr 07 - 06:32 AM for your explanation of the meaning of the song and the information you've shared about the meanings of the word "Bantu".

You wrote:
"Why linguists decided to call a large group of people in Central and Southern Africa 'Bantu', while all of humanity is literally 'abantu-human beings' is not clear."

From the standpoint of a Xhosa {with recognition of the fact that you more speak for all Xhosas than I speak for all African Americans}, would you please clarify whether you consider accurate or inaccurate the information presented in my posts of 28 Mar 05 - 11:47 AM about the terms used in the book "Muntu, The New African Culture" {Janheinz Jahn,New York, Grove Press, 1968; originally published in German in 1958} and 29 Mar 05 - 12:24 AM [about the 1933 book "The Myths & Legends of the Bantu" by Alice Werner]?

Also, poster I hope that you stick around and continue posting on Mudcat {perhaps with another name than "Xhosa boy" but of course, that is your choice}.

Thanks again, and best wishes!