This song was popularized in South Africa. It was originally a working song but was co-opted by the struggle against Apartheid. It's a super fun and energizing one to sing - enjoy.

Instruction track (as part of the 2014 Song-a-Day Challenge):


Full song:


Melody line alone:


Harmony line (top part) only:


As performed by the South Africa a cappella group Overtone in the movie Invictus:



Kulezo ntaba
Stimela siphume South Africa
Dig dig digging in the sun, hi ya hi ya ho
Men must work for me.

Additional verse not included in my recording:
Wen' uyabaleka
Kulezo ntaba
Stimela siphume South Africa


Going going going
from those mountains
on the steam train from South africa

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I want to sing like the bird sings, not worrying who listens or what they think. - Jelaludding Rumi