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A song pregnant with meaning and highly suited to Heritage Month. Directly translated: “Have you forgotten who gave birth to you/made you?”…A song by one of South Africa’s iconic musicians, Thandiswa (Red) Mazwai.

Nizalwa Ngobani

The world changes, revolutionaries die
And the children forget.
The ghetto is our first love
And our dreams are drenched in gold.
We don’t even cry,
We don’t even cry
About it no more.
Are the beautiful ones really dead.

Nizilibel’uba nizalwa ngobani
(Oh nizalwa ngobani)
Nizilibel’uba nizalwa ngobani na
(Oh nizalwa ngobani)

Intlungu zonina belilel’intsuku zobomi babo
Intlungu zobawo, zobawo, zobawo
Befel’ilizwe lakho.

Hey uzigqibil’izindaba eRhawutini’ungumama
(Z’gqibil’izindaba Rhawutini’ungumama)
Hey uzigqibil’izindaba eRhawutini’ungumama
(Z’gqibil’izindaba Rhawutini’ungumama)
Uzigqibil’izindaba eRhawutini’ungumama
(Z’gqibil’izindaba Rhawutini’ungumama)
Uzigqibil’izindaba eRhawutini’ungutata

Ntlungu zonina, ntlungu zobawo
Belil’iintsuku zobomi benu.

Ntlungu zobawo belwel’inguquko
Ntlungu zonina belilela wena
Int’oyaziyo kuzigqib’iindab’eGoli.
Ntlungu zobawo befel’inguquko
Ntlungu zonina belilela wena
Int’oyaziyo kuzigqib’iindab’eGoli.

Nawe Sobukwe
Nawe Mandela
(Qhawe lamaQhawe)

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