Siyahamba

This is a well-known South African hymn that has made its way into churches and schools worldwide. Most often sung in Zulu, I offer an instructional track for learning it by ear in Zulu and English. Words and pronunciation guide are below, along with individual tracks of the melody and harmoy lines of the song. Enjoy.

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

 

Melody line (top part) only:

 

Harmony line (bottom part) only:

 

Performed by the Tapiola Children's Choir:

 

lyrics

Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkos',
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkos'.


pronunciation

Si-yah-hahm-bah koo kahn yen kwen kos


translation

We are marching in the light of God


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