Video: Izibongo zeNgonyama uZwelithini kaBhekuzulu (Inyosi Mdletshe)

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

Indlondl’enophaphe’ekhanda
Ndaba kawulalele lomunt’omemezayo
Umemeza sengathi uyakhala
Ukhal’isililo
Uth’igula likaJama lichithekile
Lichithwa yiNgwel’endala
Ngeyakithi kwaMalandela
Ubesibindi Buthelezi
Ngokukhuthazel’umtakaNdaba
Bemthuka bemcokofula
Bethi uZwelithini kayikubusa
Kayikuba Nkosi
Kanti bamgcoba ngamafuth’empepho
Yakithi kwaMalandela
USodidase!
INkonyan’encane kaNdaba
Edid’imibala
Umphikelele wensizwa
Ngo,ephekele’amadod’akwaZulu
Esephelelwe ngamandla
UMaphokophela longay’insizwa
Eyisinikinikana
Engabubende bezingwe
Nobezingonyama

Ogijime ngandlelande
Ngal’uvivi
Eya kwadadewab’Nonhlanhla
Nani MaNdebele
Seniyoguga nidelile
Enike nabon’iZinyane
NgeleSilo sikaNdaba

Ohlamb’izandla
Ngamakhand’amadoda
Wathi yiwon’ayomhlabanela
Kuye kwagcwala
Izifunda zemifula
Esinye ngesoMkhuze
Esinye ngesoThukela

Nani magundwane
Ahlal’ezikhotheni kwaNongoma
Gijimani ngezindlela zonkana
Niyobikel’abangakezwa
Nithi lukhulu luyeza luyanyelela
Silufanisa neNdlov’emnyama yasOndini
Izoshis’izikhotha
NgezakwaNongoma

INkonyan’encane kaNdaba
Ekhwele phezu kwendl’Egazini
Bath’oyise noyisemkhulu
Hhawu!!
Ngasiha Ndaba
Usuyahlola!
Kanti yibon’abahlolayo

INtul’ebande ngodonga kwaBhekuzulu
IMvukuzane kaNdaba
Evukuz’ubusuku
Iye yabonwa ngumame
NgowaseMaNdebeleni

UBhejan’odl’abakayise
Phum’esiqiwini mtakaNdaba
Kade bekuvalele
Ungalonde kaGabela
Kayingangezawoyise
Izigqunswana
Ngisho bethi bayakwelula
Kuphelela ezinqulwini

Eyakho inde!
Iye yashaya
KuVoster ePitoli
Kwazamazama uM C Botha
INdlov’enebatha
Kwabamhloph’abelungu

Umgud’ubomvu
Ubheke kwaNongoma,
INdlunkulu yehla yenyukanyuka,
Ngebhasi likaMatimati Zazini.
Eladuka laduka

Beyogingq’izithupha.
Bethi Ndaba
Ngek’ubuse kawukaqini,
UQasa likaWasa*
Inkom’esengwa yiViyo,

UZiyayinhlonhlonga!*
Inkom’ethandwa zibawu
Suk’eduze komuntu wami
Ndaba ngiyagulelwa,
Ufulathel’uBombo lwabhidlika,

Ukhulumis’uLuthwethwe
Lapha kumaBhunu,
Kuye kwazonda uBhondi
BenoKhwashakhwasha,

Ziyeke lezo nkomo
Ukuzikhiph’amakhalane
Kaziseluswe nguwe
Sezeluswe yiNdlondlo
Yakithi kwaKhethomthandayo,

UMthunduluka ovuthwe ngeNala
NgowokaThayiza Mdlokombana!
Vuk’ume ngentaba
Udl’amadoda

Umlandeli webhodw’eliconsayo
USocije uMagwaza loshayizaququ
Impi yeqhathwe nguMathangetshitshi
Ezalwa nguMaswabhula
Lapha kwaMgiliji eMahhashini

Uyeqhathe ngesinqe
Ngob’esab’ukungena
Ethwel’idlokolo eNdlunkulu
Usihlangu simagqabha
Sinamanxeba
Sagudl’iVuna
Ngiyesab’ukukubiza ngegama
UnguNtabankul’uLangakazi

INkosi yakith’eNaleni
Eshawodwe nguChampion
UMhlathi kwezephephandaba
UMthente kaJama
Ohlab’usamila

Usekelwe yiNdlunkulu
NgeyakwaDlushiye
UMwelela kweliphesheya
UMzac’ozikhombamaNguni
Usejamile mame wapheshey’uBhejane
Woz’usize
Usicoshele leyo Nkuna kaNdaba

Indidandidane
Edid’izinsuku
Namhla okaNdaba
Eyakubuya phesheya
UZulu neNdlunkulu
Bebheke ngakusasa
Kant’iNkosi
Ifike ngayizolo

Indaba yenziwe nguTorlage
Kwabamhloph’abelungu
Ovul’imigoqo
Ivalwe ngamadod’amabili
Kuval’u-Otty uZulomhlophe
Beno-JJ Boshoff uMehlomane
Kwaze kwasa
AMakhosazana esebikelana
Iwuhlabe yawulawula
INkosazana uGretta
Egane kwaShamase
Yalala ingalele
EkaBhusha emaNdebeleni

INyathi kaJama
Empondo zimakopela
Ibhansele ngoManyasa
Obezalwa nguMadwala
Lapha kwaDukuza
KwesikaShaka

UNdab’omuhle kakhulu
Onyembezi zophela ngaphakathi
Mhla eyokhalela
Isizwe sakhe
EThekwini emaDilamini
Kwaze kwagxumagxuma
Umam’omhlophuMaNdlovu
Udadewabo ka-JJ Boshoff
Kwabamhloph’abelungu

Izul’elibhul’umlilo ngamazwi
Abanye bewubhula ngamahlahla
Ubaswe yinxokonxoko ngeyakwaMagenqe
Yini lena
Eyenzek’eThekwini?

Wabakhuzel’izimpukane zakho Ndaba
Izingqapheli zakukhiph’ephepheni
Ushishiliza kwelimahholo
Limhlabe limbhedule
UNzuza benoNhleko
EZikanekisweni

UGwajumbe noMazibuko
EZinyangeni zasoSuthu
Seziyobabhule mhlahlo
Ndaba zibanuke

Ibhubes’elimthende likaNdaba
Elidlule lishishiliza
Phakathi kwezintaba ezimbili
KweliMasilo neliMasilwanyana
KwelaseFlayistata
Kuye kwagxumagxuma
UKlenyeklenye
Ezalwa kwaCebekhulu
‘Ngalakithi lelo Bhubesi eMahhashini’

Belidilay’izintaba
KungezePitoli
Liphekezelwa nguMister Sondag
Igug’elihle likaKekana
Kade ehamb’ezibuka ngalo
Ebhek’eMamelodi

Udaxe wadaxa Mtaka Ndaba
Simumumu uvuka ntambama
Udaxabula uKuka wakh’ekuphekela

UMhlahlandlela ngowaMakhosi
NgowawoCetshwayo
NgowawoMpande
Onyawo zinhle MtakaNdaba
Ezingakhethi mabala
Ezigxobe lapho kungakaze
Kunyathele khona
EzawoYise noYisemkhulu

Ibhek’amaged’avuleka
NangakwaMahamba
Nowayengenapasi napasipothi
Simethuke eseseSwazini
Yakhethelwa zingane
NgezakwaLobamba
Zathi thatha Ndaba
Nanku umqamelo wakhe
Uyoziqamelela ngaw’eNaleni

UNompunyumpunywana*
INkunz’abayibambe
Ngandlebende yaphunyula
OYise beyivalela ngehlahla
Bethi Ndab’ungaluwel’uPhongolo
Uyodayisa ngezwe likaSenzangakhona
KwelakwaNgwane

INkunz’ekhwele phezu kwezintaba
ZaseMabane
Amabombo yawajikijel’eZitheni
UShabalala waxhaphazela isisu wazihhudela
Wabhal’ubunwayinwayi
Uyajabula mfundi weLanga
Wen’owaz’amang’asephepheni

UNdab’omuhle kakhulu*
Ohlasela ngothando
Lokwandisa abakaMthaniya
Abanye behlasela ngamaAK 47
Ngikuthanda uhlasela
Ngothando kwabakwaNgwane
Zanqundeka izikhali zaseNgwavuma

INkos’ethombel’ehlathini
Amany’aMakhosi
Ethombel’ezindlini
Ikhiph’izinkomo
Zehla ngohhologo
Zibheke kwaMshanelo

Kwagijim’uQholobana
Ezalw’emaNkwanyaneni
Wayobikel’uMzweni
UMzweni wazihudela
Kwamanz’ibheshu
Esehl’enyuka

Mfula kaNdab’ungenise kabi
Ngob’ungenise wenyuka
Eminy’imifula
Ingenis’ibhek’ezansi

Usibambana Nkunzi
Beyesaba eMbumbulu
Wambamb’uHlengwa qede
Kwephuk’uMkhonto kaShaka

Mgoq’ovalel’izinkomo zaseSusweni*
Athul’amaThembu
Angaz’asho lutho
Ukhulumis’uMkhwintshi
Esilevu simhlophe
Kwezinde zikaNyangantathu
Wamjika phansi koludumayo
Wavuka sesibomvana

UMhlob’omuhl’eNdlunkulu
UDokotela uBerker
Kwabamhloph’abelungu
UNogwaj’ozokhundlakhundla*
Esinye ngesokulala
Esinye ngesokwethamela

Indaba yenziwe nguMadondo
Othath’izinkomo zakaManqele
Wazidida nezeNkosi
Kube kazi madod’aseDumbe
Nithule nithini

Uvava lweNkunzi*
Yakithi kwaKhethomthandayo
Kayigweb’ichoma ngazo zombili

Shintsha!
UShintsh’ibhulakifesi
Walenz’idina
Dubula begagasa
Bethi liyahlohl’iTheku
Usikhiphi sabadala
Kuyakusala kungen’abasha

Inkungu eyembath’izintaba zakwaDayeni
Kwadidek’amadod’amadala
Nanamuhla lokhu asadidekile
Indaba yenziwe nguMalinga
Ezalwa kwaZondo
Uland’iNkunzi yakithi
KwaKhethomthandayo

Yafike yawafuz’amaxhiba
Kwavela nokwakufihliwe
Wadeda uMagayisa
INkosana abayibeka beyiphika
KwabakwaMvundlane

Ulotsholelwe ngehem’eMdletsheni
Kwalilizel’umam’uMaMthethwa
Wathi,’Li li li li! Yaze yangen’INkos’ekhaya’
UNdaba bambas’eyinyama
Lapha kwaKhiphunyawo
Wajika wayiqaqa
Wanukel’uMkhunjini
Ezalw’emaNdlovini

Umbambi weMpak’endala kwaDleka
Ingabe ihamba phansi nje
Ingumswenya yini
Impaka enkulu ngeyakwaBongumenzi
Eyeza ngehlombe eNdlunkulu
Yafike yaqathaka kithi eMkhontweni

Zenabe kab’izintanga zakho Ndaba
Zenabele kwaYizenze
KwaNdwandwe kwaKhabengathandi
INkos’ebhala ngemvubu
Amany’aMakhos’ebhala ngepensela

Lagida!
Ligide liphindelela
Wambamb’uSigoma
Khona kwaNdwandwe
Ekhakonyoko koHlokolo
Wamshaya phansi koludumayo
Akwabi ndaba zalutho
Walobola wazilanda
Khona kwaSitholana

Washishiliza ngoNdwandwe
UHomu kwabaseNgwanenja
Wayikhipha eyomnyatheliso
Ugadle ngenduku yombangandlala
Ngob’ugadle ngoMntwana uSibuko
BenoNzuza

Sangom’esibhula
Umhlahlo ngomthndazo
Sezehlulekil’ezemiyeko
Iphakule naleyo ungayesabi
Inkulu ngeyakwenu nguLangakazi

IZul’elidume phakathi
Kwezintab’ezimbili
Phakathi kweSigwegwe noLangakazi
Umbani lawuhlaba ezintabeni zakoMbuzi
Lamudl’uMafehla
Ezalwa kwaKhambule
Umsizi waphumela kuVovo
Ezalw’emaNseleni
Baphuma baphatheka

Sekuyakujabul’umfazi wakoNoziyingili
Oyakubona lelo thambo likaMndindili
UMhamb’esakh’amanxiwa
INkunz’ejam’okhalwen’olude
KuMavumengwana
Zanyamalal’ezikaSitshulu
Ezalwa kwaButhelezi
Yajama phezu kweNkuzana
Zanyamalala ezikaKali benoGelegele
Athule nje amadod’akwaSithole
Kawaz’asho lutho

Imbenembena inkulu inkabi
NgekaBhush’obukhali
Iyeke C J Mthethwa !
Isikhulile!
Kayisavum’ukuy’ejokeni
Iyakunqamula amazinyo
Bayigqogqe ngezikeyi yaze yavuma

Inyon’abayibize ngephuphu
Ekusen’Ondini
Ntambama yandiza qede
Yanqamul’amajoka
Zasal’iZikhulu zikaHulumeni wakwaZulu
Sezibhekis’amakhanda phansi
Bath’uthekwan’uphezu kwendl’Ondini
Uhlolizul’ukuduma
Kalisadumi eNkalakuthaba
Liyamjabhis’uSotshwebhu
UShifu Wiphu
Ezalwa kwaChonco
Ngananti ihansi elidala
Lakithi eMfangibhekile
Lihehez’izindaba liyabaxabanisa

Ikhowe ebelizakuqhibukela u-P.W.Botha
Kaliqhibulanga uHansmeyer
Kith’Ondini
Ukhulumis’uBadenhosrt MtakaNdaba
EziMantshini kwaNongoma
Kwaye kwancibilik’umkhaba

INkosana kaBhush’obukhali
Abayibeka beyibangisa kwezikaDlothovu
Ngocwecwe oluncane nje lwensipho
Lugez’ibandla Ondini
Alwaze lwaphelela ezandleni

Isihluthu umabhula imbawula
INkwaz’emaphikwamhlophe kaBhusha
Ekwakwe ngamadoda Ondini
Ningayithinti lelyo nyoni ngeyezulu
Mhla nayithinta kozamazama
ITheku nolwandle

UDokotela uMfuphi
Inyanga eselapha
Iphikiswa kwezephapha
NgetshelikaFezela
Abaliginqele kwaNodwengu
Lafike laminyana

Untaba zimbili zakhelene
Zintula ngisho ukuxhawulana
Indidakubhalwa
Incwadi ebhalwe nguR.R.Mbongwa
Wayifunda maqede wamyukubala
UHansmeyer kithi kwaNongoma

Ngenganekwan’abayitheth’emini ePitoli
Babefak’izint’ekhanda
Ngoba besaba ukumila izimpondo
Wonakalelwe uKoorhnorf
Lapha kumaBhunu
Ufike kith’Ondini ekhala lide
Wafike walihlephula uMtakaBhush’obukhali

Zawel’iMbekemuzi
ZaweliMfolozi
Zazibhee kuTyson Dlamini eJozini
Zembulek’izinqe
KwabaseMdletsheni

Mfula kaNdaba
Ogobhozekhanda kuMathanzima*
Amaxhosa onke esula izimpandla
Athi’Khini!Mfondini! Kuyanetha!’
Kanti kugobhoz’uMageba

UKhozi lwakith kwaGqikazi
Olugibel’iNkonjane yabelungu
Lwathi qathatha eGazankulu
Nani maGazankulu
Niyizwil’ekaBhushobukhali
IBhubesi ukubingelela
Elinye ngomjojantaba
Zazamazama zonke izintaba zamaGaza

Wabaleka uMhlonishwa
UShifu Gumede wabhangazela
Wanqamula ngaseTshaneni
Uthe eseTshaneni
Wawajika amabombo
Wawabhekisa kithi Ondini

Ugcwalelwe kabi Mageba
Ugcwalelwe ngumfula eGazankulu
Wadondolozela ngeShangan uGasa
Ngisho amaGazankulu ayibonile le ndaba

Umlabalala abawubhale phansi
KwaNoziyingili eManguza
Wehlulekile uShifu uMzimba Tembe
ukuwudlala
Esaba ukugcwala kweNgwavuma
Yacwila itheni tawuzeni dolazi

Isalukazi sangithunuka idolo
Sabhibha isilonda
Sehlula ababholofethi
Wehlulekile uMzamo ezalwa kwaZulu
Wehlulekile uZondo uMalinga kwaDayeni
Kwaye kwehluleka uXaba uMtshebhe
Ngale koPhongolo

Yingqophamlando yakithi kwaNodwengu*
Ewuqophe qede oMngotho noTasi
Benwaya izimpandla ngicikicane
Bathi,’Hhi-i’
Asiyivumi le ndaba

Yimfohlamaguma ngeyakithi*
KwaKhethomthandayo
Iwafohle eMaritzburg
Zajabha izihlwele
Uhalahala bemloyisa
Bethi ngeke
Igide kwaKhethomthandayo
Yagcagca kithi
Ondini olumahlikihlikana

Ngonyaka kunonyaka
Usuhlasele ngothando
Phesheya koMzimvubu

Sibone ngoThabo Mbeki
BenoJacob Zuma
Ukuthi bazobhula amazolo
Omuntu omuhle oza emva kwabo

Hlanga Lwamakhosi!

Photos: Indoni Multi-Cultural Parade

Indoni Carnival takes place in Durban around October of every year. The main aim of Indoni Carnival is to bring young people of different indigenous cultures from around South Africa and teaching them about social ills and the importance of upholding traditional African values. The parade takes place along the streets of Durban. Over 8000 spectators line up the streets during the parade and various South African tribes showcase their costume and dance: Zulu, Ndebele, Xhosa, Pedi, Swati, Venda, Batswana, Mpondo, Khoisan, Tsonga, Basotho.

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Asimbonanga uMandela, but we saw Johnny Clegg

Knowing that your chances of ever meeting the Great Nelson Mandela are gone forever can be quite devastating, especially when you see people, way younger than you are, posting images holding his hand or posing alongside him. Then you suddenly beat yourself up for not having tried harder to meet him. So, from myself and many other South Africans: ‘Asimbonanga’ uMandela, but we saw Johnny Clegg. And that for me is enough.

By Soka Mthembu

Earlier this year I was devastated to read in the papers that one of Africa’s greatest icons, Johnny Clegg, had been living with cancer, and that he was doing his final World Tour starting in Cape Town on 30th June. Upon hearing the news, I immediately contacted my mentor, Barry Leitch, a close friend of Johnny “Skeyi” Clegg, who confirmed that Johnny was indeed conducting his last world tour. From that moment, I made the decision to see him in action on the Durban leg of his tour. Little did I know, however, that my stay here in South East Asia – Vietnam to be precise, where I’m currently performing with my dance troupe ‘Beyond Zulu’, would be extended by another 6 months. That was the nail in the coffin for me.

Okay, let me tell you how I met Johnny Clegg, and why I’m inspired by him: When I was 14 years old in Zululand – in fact I was 14 years everywhere − I met Johnny Clegg, who had come to visit his old friend Barry “Mkhomazi” Leitch.  Barry, just like Johnny, is a white Zulu, whose love for Zulu people and their culture is inspiring. Coincidentally, Barry is also an anthropologist by profession, just like Mr Clegg.

It was during the time that I was a Zulu dancer at the beautiful and unique Simunye Zulu Lodge, a secluded lodge that was built on a cliff face, and attached to a cultural Zulu village (don’t Google it or attempt to go there…let’s just say it was one of the government’s Land Redistribution deals that fell into the wrong hands, and therefore was completely ruined).

Back to my story: It was a dark night in Zululand with stars winking at us, and the trees above us dimming them in jealousy. Had it not been for the yellow flames coming from the home-made hessian and paraffin lamps scattered around the Zulu dancing area, it would have been even darker. The Mfule River behind us created a soothing sound, and the frogs, without fail, added their voice to the drumbeat. Nduna Luthuli was a lead singer and dancer (igoso) on that day − one of the ablest and most creative dancers I have ever met. We took our turns after an Umzansi dance routine. Before we knew it, Johnny had risen unexpectedly like a Colossus in front of us. In a fraction of a second he was on the other side of the fireplace, dancing as he would have done for an audience of thousands of people, ignoring our off-beat drumbeat, the-not-so-professional singing, and the small crowd. Our jaws dropped, as did the tourists’, as we watched with great admiration and envy, forgetting to clap (which forms part of Zulu dancing). This mlungu had put all of us to shame in front of internationals and our fans from the nearby Njomelwane community, but we loved him for it: for his great and inspiring performance, his humility, and for being kind enough to give us pointers in respect of the Umzansi Dance. It was a treat for us − for me − for tourists − a place where no one famous, especially not Johnny Clegg, should have dared go. I would later learn that Johnny did the same in hostels, places that I, as a Zulu, am afraid of going to: they are so often associated with conflicts and violence.  I often wonder how he manages to dance and find peace in such places?

How tragic that someone who has played such a meaningful role in society, and is such a fearless man, should be assaulted by cancer. But Johnny can overcome.

Together with countless others the world over, I wish Johnny Clegg good health and many more years. And as ever go f**k yourself cancer!