Shosholoza lyrics, meaning and memorable fan moments for the song

Shosholoza lyrics, meaning and memorable fan moments for the song

Shosholoza is an old and famous South African song. While it is true that the significance of the tune has changed over the years, its meaning remains the same. Currently, the track is one of the major South African celebratory songs. It is used majorly when people come together as a way of showcasing unity.

Shosholoza lyrics

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The Shosholoza song continues to foster the spirit of togetherness among citizens of Mzansi. It can make a perfect African anthem. The song may have started as a mining tune but it rose to popularity, speaking to almost everyone in the entire nation.

Shosholoza by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The male choral group may be responsible behind the popularity of this Afrobeat South African track. They first sang it in 2012 and the tune has since become a household anthem. More groups have since repeated the track, including the Ndlovu youth choir, which performed it recently. This was during the Rugby World Cup. The performance came as a show of their support to the Boks before their quarter-finals against Japan.

The choir from Limpompo decided to surprise fans with this beautiful performance at the Mall of Africa in Waterfall City, Midrand. The group is famous for having reached the final stages of the American Got Talent show.

They went ahead and cemented their wish for the SpringBoks on their social media page. The music group posted urging the team to bring the cup home. It was all about putting South Africa on the map just as they had done while in America.

The group's performance was hosted by Woolworths. The crowd could not be contained as they shouted with excitement as captured in the video below.

The youth choir has received a lot of recognition since their participation in the American show. They continue to attract a lot of attention and the fact that they did this for their national team is a great show of honour.

Joining the crowd in witnessing this great show were the rugby players, Trevor Nyakane and Victor Matfield. The two were accompanied by the families of their colleagues Chester Williams, Ruben Kruger. and James Small.

Shosholoza meaning

shosholoza meaning

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Apart from the beautiful performances by different groups, many people continue to be moved by the song's powerful meaning anywhere it is played. Different groups and crowds are reminded of the need to stay united for a common course. It is the perfect unifying track in the entire Mzansi, to say the least.

The origin of the track can be traced back to the minefields. Workers would sing the tune in response to their axes hitting the ground. Prisoners also chimed in a call-and-response manner. For some reason, the song made their hard labour lighter. Nelson Mandela once described how he sang along to the tune while in prison during the apartheid era.

It is sung in a unique mine language known as Fanagalo. This is a mix of Ndebele, Zulu, as well as other ethnic dialects. While there is no direct English translation to the song's meaning, a lot of people have adopted the tune ever since, and as such, it has been given a loose meaning 'going forward'. Generally, the tune depicts the possibility of change and affirms this reality.

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Shosholoza lyrics

With the much popularization of the tune, one may wonder exactly what to sing along to. Here are the correct lyrics of the song. You can also choose to download it on iTunes and add it to your playlist. You do not have to wait to hear it from a Zulu choir when you can just sing along whenever you want.

Shosholoza

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Shosholoza

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Wena u ya baleka

Wena u ya baleka

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Shosholoza

Work, work, working in the sun

We will work as one

Shosholoza

Work, work, working in the rain

'Til there's sun again

Shosholoza

Push, push, pushing on and on

There's much to be done

Shosholoza

Push, push, pushing in the sun

We will push as one

Sithwele kanzima, sithwele kanzima (ooh, aah!)

Sithwele kanzima, sithwele kanzima (ooh, aah!)

Sithwele kanzima, sithwele kanzima (ooh, aah!)

Sithwele kanzima, sithwele kanzima (ooh, aah!)

Sithwele kanzima, sithwele kanzima (ooh, aah!)

Etshe!

Shosholoza

Shosholoza

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South AAfrica

Shosholoza

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Wena u ya baleka

Wena u ya baleka

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Shosholoza

Work, work, working in the sun

We will work as one

Shosholoza

Work, work, working in the rain

'Til there's sun again

Shosholoza

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Shosholoza

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Wena u ya baleka

Wena u ya baleka

Ku lezontaba

Stimela si qhamuka e South Africa

Shosholoza is one tune that will continue to bring people together. The track showcases the force that drives South Africans and what makes the country stand out in matters of national unity.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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