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Tshotsholoza

Although the original author of the song is Masingita Ngoveni, “Tshotsholoza” 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 (formerly known as Rhodesia) to work in South Africa’s diamond and gold mines.

Lyrics

Tshotsholozas

    Tshotsholoz kulezon taba stimela si phu me South Africa

Tshotsholoza

    Tshotsholoz kulezon taba stimela sip hu me South Africa

He kulezon taba

    Wenu va be leka kulezontaba Stimela sip hu me South Africa

He kulezon taba

Tshotsholoza

    Tshotsholoza kulezon taba stimela sip hu me South Africa

Stimela stimela

    A’weba a’weba a’weba a’weba

Stimela stimela

    A’weba a’weba a’weba a’weba

Stimela stimela

    A’weba a’weba a’weba a’weba

Tshotsholoza

    Tshotsholoz kulezon taba stimela si phu me South Africa

Tshotsholoza

    Tshotsholoz kulezon taba stimela si phu me South Africa

Here is a performance of Tshotsholoza for you to practise with.  Each section is repeated;

And this is a good version, but without visuals;

Here’s a version of the song by our choir a few years ago.

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