06 Sep Osiyeza (The Crossing)
I arranged this song for three part chorus, based upon the version performed by Overtone on the Invictus movies soundtrack. It is in Zulu, the language of South Africa.
Composer & Copyright
Original song by Johnny Clegg.
Note: these lyrics are written phonetically for easier learning.
O siye-za, o siye-za, sizo figa way baba noma
O siye-za, o siye-za, siya goo-dla lom laba
lulay zontaba zim ya-ma
Lapa sobeka fansi
konke ukhul feka
Actual Written Language with Translation
O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma
(we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon)
O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba
(we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth)
Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama
(we are crossing over those dark mountains)
Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka
(where we will lay down our troubles)
This song is too complex lyrically to teach in one session, but great for a chorus. It is steady and simple rhythmically and works well with or without drums. In this three-part arrangement all three part ranges are stretched with fairly high sections for the high part and the low part bottoms at a low E.
Recording is in the key of D.
Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)