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Thread #79655   Message #2033647
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
23-Apr-07 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
A Xhosa Boy-
Thanks for posting to Mudcat. I hope that you will join us as a member.
Many comments about African music and Africa have appeared here; I am sure that you could help, particularly with material from your area. Your comments on the Government website also would be welcome.

Looking at the official South African website, eleven official languages are listed:
Afrikaans, English, isNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
isiZulu is listed as the mother tongue of 23.8% of the population, followed by isiXhosa (17.6%), Afrikaans (13.3%), Sesotho sa Leboa (9.4%), and English and Setswana (8.2% each).
The website has a section "Arts and culture," which is informative, although brief.
A good place to dive into this site is:
http://www.info.gov.za/aboutsa/landpeople.htm
South Africa