Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna (Hugh Masekela)

Ha le se le li khanna
(Hugh Masekela)

LYRICS MARKED WITH “*” INCOMPLETE.
CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

He le se le li khanna
Hlokomela li sa welwe ke serame
He le se le li khanna
Hlokomela li sa welwe ke serame

Hela ngwanesu
Kgomo tse ke tsa bohadi
Hela ngwanesu
Li tshwanetse go shebahala

Yelele-yelele…
Ooh, what you doing to me baby?
Kgomo tse ke tsa bo-ah-ah

Yelele-yelele…
Hela ngwanesu, yoh!
Kgomo tse ke tsa bo-ah-ah!

Yelele-yelele…
Hela ngwanesu, yoh!
Kgomo tse ke tsa bohadi!
(Hom-homm…)

[About the song: This is likely “Bra Hugh” Masekela’s rendition of a traditional song probably sung at engagement ceremonies. It is a warning to whoever it is being sung to, to look carefully after cattle that are being driven (possibly to the bridal family’s home on the day of engagement) so that they don’t catch frost, since they are for ‘bohadi’ (lobolo/dowry) and need to look presentable.]  

[Editor’s note: This is such a fun song! Especially the version on the ‘Hugh Masekela Greatest Hits’ album from 1980, but the version posted below is still just as groovy.]

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