Shosholoza

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:

 

lyrics

Shosholoza
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


translation

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


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