The Drakensberg Boys Choir -"Shosholoza"

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The Drakensberg Boys Choir - Shosholoza
Posted by chris2brooks
June 30, 2008

"Absolute chillingly good song sung by the best boys choir in South Africa. All the boys are very talented and very intelligent. All boys need an above average IQ to get in the choir as they have to go to a private school and the nature of the choir the study where ever they are. Wait for the middle of video absolutely wow!!!"

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This song is so beautiful . 

I agree with those commentors on the YouTube Video thread that this choir's version is one of the best that I've heard. Unfortuantely, I've not heard any choir sing this song in person.

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Here's a link to a discussion about this song that on a folk & blues forum called Mudcat: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=38641

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I don't have a comments about this song except to say that I love the sound of the choir even if I don't know what the heck they are saying.

trulyfair1, a commentator to the YouTube thread wrote this explanation of that song:  
 "originally, THE TRAIN FROM ZIMBABWE, because all the migrant workers for north of the border, including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana travelled on a train originating from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. the song is TSHOTSHOLOZA, stimela siphume Zimbabwe."

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Here's the lyrics of that song as posted by another one of the YouTube commentators :

thatllamacheese  (11 months ago) :
 
Shosholoza Lyrics in Zulu
Shosholoza
Ku lezontaba
Stimela siphum' eSouth Africa
Wen' uyabaleka
Wen' uyabaleka
Ku lezontaba
Stimela siphum' eSouth Africa

Shosholoza Lyrics Translation into English:
Move fast
on those mountains
train from South Africa.
You are running away
on those mountains
train from South Africa.

 

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annyfenton1 (4 months ago) these guys are so dynamic and connected... gives us hope for the future..beautiful singing too!

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TheMrjohnson56 (4 months ago) That was awesome! very beautiful
 
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twnaj (6 months ago) So many versions and they are all great, but this is amazing. My number one!

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TOOPz68 (6 months ago) these guys killed it. u guys are awsome. i heard another choir sing it. they were alrite. but u guys are da bomb. the tenor is da man! keep it up. one love!

 

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