Thursday, December 12, 2013

we have not seen him



The Soweto Gospel Choir and Woolworth employees pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The Soweto Gospel Choir came to UC Irvine a couple years ago.  Some of us saw them.

The song they sing is Asimbonanga [We have not seen him], written during Mandela's 27 year prison term.


Asimbonanga [we have not seen him]
Asimbonang' uMandela thina [we have not seen Mandela]
Laph'ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph'ehleli khona [in the place where he is kept]

Asimbonanga
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina [we have not seen our brother]
Laph'ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph'wafela khona [in the place where he died]
Sithi: Hey, wena [We say: hey, you]
Hey, wena nawe [Hey, you and you]
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona [when will we arrive at our destination]

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1 comment:

  1. Remarkably touching and a wonderful tribute.

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