Shtwela Shtwela!!

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    Sep 24, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    Sitting around waiting for my chicken stock to boil down -- I started it waaayy too late in the evening and now I'm stuck staying awake until it's done.
    Listening to a friend's playlist (thank you, Matty! I LOVE it!).
    One song has really stuck out: "Soweto" by Malcolm McLaren, from his 1983 album, "Duck Rock".
    I can't think of another song which has hit me with such force. Like body blows to my chest. The African choir is just gorgeous.
    I couldn't really understand what they were singing so I found the lyrics online along with a cool explanatory note about the meaning of the repeated refrain:
    " Living on the road in Soweto" is learning to think with your hips, rather than your head - something not common to Europeans.
    This beat by th’ Shangaan tribe of Africa suggests just that and the lyrics are instructional."

    http://youtu.be/afZ7VCIeSvQ

    SOWETO

    All you got to do is start
    Forget about pushing your cart
    I will make you step out

    All the men shall Boogie and Bark
    Never be afraid of the dark
    All the men shall Boogie and Bark
    Never be afraid of the dark
    Believe me Babe
    All the men shall Boogie and Bark
    Never be afraid of the dark
    All the men shall Boogie and Bark
    Never be afraid of the dark

    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan Boogie Beater
    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan the Boogie Beater
    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaans the Boogie Beater

    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto

    All you got to do is break and fall
    Head over heels, move backwards
    Get down, on your hands and knees go forward
    Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!
    Move your legs from side to side
    Like an animal with nowhere to hide
    Roll over, with your back on the ground
    Let your seat bump, up and down
    Stand up, with your knees bent and hands down
    Gallop like a horse across the ground
    Hands on your hips, up and down, up and down
    And with your legs lift up and down
    And then go twisting round and round
    Shtwela Shtwela

    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan Boogie Beater
    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan Boogie Beater
    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan Boogie Beater
    All Xhosa Zulu Sangoma, Witchdoctor
    Say Shangaan Boogie Beater

    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto

    All dressed up magic in my head, in my head
    Sounds that make you dance til you’re dead
    All dressed up magic in my head, in my head
    Living on the road in Soweto
    Living on the Road in Soweto
    Living on the Road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
    All the men do the Boogie
    Don’t fear
    Living on the road in Soweto
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    Sep 24, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    You're welcome and I'm glad you love that song as much as I do. I think it's brilliant.

    He did a different version of it a couple of years later on his "Swamp Thing" record and called it "Boom Boom Baby"

    http://youtu.be/x0-3jdQUeiA
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    Sep 24, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    I never know what the fuck you two are talking about.
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Parkdaleboy saidI never know what the fuck you two are talking about.


    Well, what happened was--- of fuck it.
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    I love African music!! thanks for showing me this!

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    Sep 25, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    Finally! Someone besides my 2 goofball friends have actually responded to this! It's like my new favourite song! Cheers!
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    danforthboytoy saidFinally! Someone besides my 2 goofball friends have actually responded to this! It's like my new favourite song! Cheers!

    It's a good one. BTW - need to pick more of your friends south of the border. We got rhythm.
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
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    danforthboytoy saidFinally! Someone besides my 2 goofball friends have actually responded to this! It's like my new favourite song! Cheers!

    It's a good one. BTW - need to pick more of your friends south of the border. We got rhythm.


    Ha ha! I'll let them know you said that!
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
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    danforthboytoy saidFinally! Someone besides my 2 goofball friends have actually responded to this! It's like my new favourite song! Cheers!

    It's a good one. BTW - need to pick more of your friends south of the border. We got rhythm.


    Ha ha! I'll let them know you said that!

    All I need. Pick up a couple more "friends" in Toronto. lol

    You might also like Miriam Makeba - plenty of YouTube videos. One on her death in 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mwh9z58iAU . Didn't embed because comments there also interesting. You might also like reggae music.

    Soweto Blues :: Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba) in Graceland
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhwAX_r99Ck&feature=related
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    Sep 25, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
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    danforthboytoy said
    socalfitness said
    danforthboytoy saidFinally! Someone besides my 2 goofball friends have actually responded to this! It's like my new favourite song! Cheers!

    It's a good one. BTW - need to pick more of your friends south of the border. We got rhythm.


    Ha ha! I'll let them know you said that!

    All I need. Pick up a couple more "friends" in Toronto. lol

    You might also like Miriam Makeba - plenty of YouTube videos.

    She's amazing! That second song is pretty devastating.
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    Sep 25, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    Holy cow! People have actually found this thread? Great job, internet!
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    Sep 25, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    Wow, so much South African music being put forward here. I love it guys. Having been to Soweto a number of times growing up, it's nice that you guys can recognize the beat of that place. I have friends who live there, and they say it's like nothing on earth.

    I've partied in the heart of it a few times too, and you will never find such a raw energy as that place.

    I recall singing Shosholoza on a bus, and it gives me chills every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdi-L9fAtEI

    Thanks guys
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    Sep 25, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    swimboysa saidWow, so much South African music being put forward here. I love it guys. Having been to Soweto a number of times growing up, it's nice that you guys can recognize the beat of that place. I have friends who live there, and they say it's like nothing on earth.

    I've partied in the heart of it a few times too, and you will never find such a raw energy as that place.

    I recall singing Shosholoza on a bus, and it gives me chills every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdi-L9fAtEI

    Thanks guys


    Thank you for the link. I can't get off YouTube today! I'd never heard much music from that party of the world but I'm loving it.

    I wikipedia'd Shosholoza:

    Although the original author of the song is unknown, Shosholoza is a traditional miner's song, originally sung by groups of men from the Ndebele ethnic group that travelled by steam train from their homes in Zimbabwe to work in South Africa's diamond and gold mines. The Ndebele live predominantly in Zimbabwe(formerly, Rhodesia) near its border with South Africa, and they can also be found in the northern border of South Africa[2]. The song mixes Ndebele and Zulu words and is Zimbabwean in origin even though the two ethnic groups are very similar[3]. Some people argue that the song describes the journey to the mines in South Africa, while others say it describes the return to Zimbabwe[4]. It is also sometimes sung "stimela si phume Rhodesia". According to cultural Researchers Booth and Nauright tell us that Zulu workers later took up the song to generate rhythm during group tasks and to alleviate boredom and stress[5]. The song was sang by working miners in time with the music beat as the were swinging their axes to dig. It was usually sang under hardship in 'call and response' style (one man singing a solo line and the rest of the group responding by copying him)[6]. It was also sang by prisoners in call and response style using alto, soprano part divided by row. Former South African President Nelson Mandela describes how he sang Shosholoza as he worked during his imprisonment on Robben Island. He describes it as "a song that compares the apartheid struggle to the motion of an oncoming train" and goes on to explain that "the singing made the work lighter"[7].
    In contemporary times, it is used in varied contexts in South Africa to show solidarity in sporting events and other national events to rely the message that the players are not alone and are part of a team.
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    So, basically, you were on a bus singing a song about being on a train. Love it! LOL
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    Sep 25, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    Pata Pata - one of her most famous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sdAFm-auu0&feature=related

    Added: Pata Pata was the last song she performed. From Wikipedia:

    On 9 November 2008, she became ill while taking part in a concert organized to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the Region of Campania. The concert was being held in Castel Volturno, near Caserta, Italy. Makeba suffered a heart attack after singing her hit song "Pata Pata", and was taken to the "Pineta Grande" clinic where doctors were unable to revive her. Her publicist notes that Makeba had suffered "severe arthritis" for some time. She and family members were based in Northriding, Gauteng, at the time of her passing.
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    Sep 25, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidPata Pata - one of her most famous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sdAFm-auu0&feature=related


    I just watched that earlier/ I'm totally loving her. Such a great face too!