04 Nov Babethandaza
A traditional South African song of prayer and celebration.
Composer & Copyright
Traditional from South Africa in the public domain. Arrangement adapted from Ysaye Barnwell.
From Lisa’s 2014 Song-a-Day Challenge:
Lyrics & Translation
Babethandaza – They were praying
Sin nje nje nje ngemi thandazo (x2) – We are like this, like this, like this because of prayer (x2)
Ngemi thandazo, Ngemi thandazo (x2) – Because of prayer, because of prayer (x2)
Oo mama babudale, Babethandaza (x2) – Our ancestors would pray (x2)
Babethandaza, Babethandaza (x2) – They were praying, they were praying.