Category Archives: Mzansi Music

Mpfula Ya Na – Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni

Mpfula Ya Na
Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni

Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya marhanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya timanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya swifaki mthothotho

Ximumu xi fikile
Hi kunene hi tsakile
Mihandzu ni swiharhi
Va kokwana va rimile
Ximumu hi xo lexi
Xi fikile ma xi vona ke?
Xi hi tisela ti mpfulo
Mi ta twa swihlangi swi ku

Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya marhanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya timanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya swifaki mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya makwakwa mthothotho

Ke eo pula e tlile
E tlisitse mahlohonolo
Helang! Bonang!
Lethabo naheng kaofela
Swihlangi swa phokotela
Swi tlanga mpfuleni manano
Van’wana va ta biwa
Kambe u ta twa va ku

Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya marhanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya timanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya swifaki mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya makwakwa mthothotho

Marhanga, swifaki, timanga
Na makwakwa hi ta dya mhane
Hi ta xurha kuvava makhwirhi
Hi nyanyuka hi hlekelela
Tekani swikomu mirhwala
A hi yeni masin’wini
Hi ya rima hi tlhela hi byala
Swi ta mila swi tsakiso

Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya marhanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya timanga mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya swifaki mthothotho
Mpfula ya na mthothotho
Hi ta dya makwakwa mthothotho

Ximumu xi fikile
Hi kunene hi tsakile
Mihandzu ni swiharhi
Va kokwana va rimile
Ximumu hi xo lexi
Xi fikile ma xi vona ke?
Xi hi tisela ti mpfulo
U ta twa swihlangi swi ku
Mpfula ya na
Mpfula ya na
Mpfula ya na
Mpfula ya na

Thank you to Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni for personally making the lyrics available at our request. Hakhensa.

Fun fact: The chorus of the song is derived from a traditional tsonga nursery rhyme that would be sung by young children to celebrate the coming of the rainy season.

Follow Birdie on social media:
Facebook – @TJMboweni
Twitter – @birdieworldwide

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Two Songs about Money: Mali (Zahara) & Mali (Lira)

Mali (Zahara)
[Xhosa]

We mali
[Oh money]
We zuka notiki
[Oh cent and penny]
Undènza ntoni na
[What are you doing to me?]
Sibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other for your sake]

[x2]

Mali mali, bangi yezono
[Money money, cause of sin]
Sesibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other now for your sake]
Mali mali, bangi yezono
[Money money, cause of sin]
Sesibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other now for your sake]

Ndixakene neliphupho lam
[I’ve even put aside my dream]
We mali, we mali
[Oh money, oh money]
Ndahlukene nezihlobo zam
[I’ve parted ways with my friends]
We mali, we mali
[Oh money, oh money]

Abapolotiki nasecaweni
[Politicians and (people) at church]
Bacabana ngawe, we mali
[Are fighting over you, oh money]
Nakum uzamile mali
[You even tried with me, money]
Awuphumelelanga we mali
[(But) you didn’t succeed, oh money] 

Mali mali, bangi yezono
[Money money, cause of sin]
Sesibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other now for your sake]
Mali mali mali
[Money money money]
Sesibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other now for your sake]

We mali
[Oh money]
We zuka notiki
[Oh cent and penny]
Undènza ntoni na
[What are you doing to me?]
Sibulalana ngenxa yakho
[We’re killing each other for your sake]

 

Mali (Lira)
[Zulu/Nguni]

We mali, ngicela ungizwe kahle
[Oh money, please hear me well]
Yeyi mali, min’ angikwesabi
[Hey money, I’m not afraid of you]
Mine nawe, kudinga sakh’ ub’hlobo
[Me and you, we need to build a relationship]
iKhaya lami, makube ngelakho
[My home, may it (also) be yours]

We mali, masingaswelani
[Oh money, let’s not lack/miss each other]
Lapho ngikhona, nawe woba lapho
[Where I am, you too will be there]
We mali, maw’ ngagcini lapho
[Oh money, please don’t end there]
Ngicel’ uthinte umphakathi wami
[Please touch/reach my community]

Ngicel’ usiphathe kahle
[Please treat us well]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]
Ngicela uhlale wande
[Please keep increasing]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]

Ngicel’ usisize sakhe
[Please help us build]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]
Ngicela uhlale wande
[Please keep increasing]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]

We yeyi mali, nom’ ungaba y’phepha
[Oh hey money, whether you be paper]
Nom’ ungaba inombol’ ebhangi
[Or be you a number at the bank]
Nom’ ungaba yona isiliva
[Or be you even silver]
Woza phela ‘masango avuliwe
[Come already, the gates are open!]

We mali, masingakwesweli
[Oh money, let us not lack you]
Lapho sikhona, nawe woba lapho
[Where we are, you too will be there]
We mali, maw’ ngagcini lapho
[Oh money, please don’t end there]
Fikelela nasezizukulweni
[Extend even to (my) grandchildren]

Ngicel’ usisize sakhe
[Please help us build]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]
Ngicela uhlale wande
[Please keep increasing]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]

Ngicel’ usisize sakhe
[Please help us build]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]
Ngicela uhlale wande
[Please keep increasing]
Ngicel’ usibusise
[Please bless us]

Money is energy
If we fear it we repel it
Be like love towards it
Know that it’s abundant
Allow it to flow in
And flow out of your hands
Share it, save it
Use it, and grow it…


A small note on money:

‘For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.’ – 1 Timothy 6:10

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24

#MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow – New Skool Orchestra

Remember the South African artists from back in the day whose music brought us all together; the icons of culture who made us all proud to be a nation? Here are some of the acts following in their footsteps today. #MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow #ThrowbackThursday

Then: Soweto String Quartet

Now: New Skool Orchestra

WARNING: DO NOT miss an opportunity to go see them live!

Now: New Skool Sextet

Look out for their debut album “The Birth of Change”

Links:

http://www.sowetostringquartet.co.za/
http://www.newskool.co.za/
http://newskoolorg.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/have-you-heard/

#MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow – Lira

Remember the South African artists from back in the day whose music brought us all together; the icons of culture who made us all proud to be a nation? Here are some of the acts following in their footsteps today. #MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow #ThrowbackThursday

Then: Miriam Makeba, Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Lyrics: https://southafricanlyrics.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/pata-pata-miriam-makeba/

Now: Lira

Lyrics: http://kasilyrics.co.za/lira-something-inside-strong-lyrics/

Links:

http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/miriam-makeba

http://www.misslira.com/

#MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow – Africappella

Remember the South African artists from back in the day whose music brought us all together; the icons of culture who made us all proud to be a nation? Here are some of the acts following in their footsteps today. #MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow #ThrowbackThursday

Then: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Lyrics: https://southafricanlyrics.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/nomathemba/

Now: Africappella

Lyrics: https://southafricanlyrics.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/nomathemba/

Links:

http://www.mambazo.com
http://www.africappella.com/

#MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow – The Soil

Remember the South African artists from back in the day whose music brought us all together; the icons of culture who made us all proud to be a nation? Here are some of the acts following in their footsteps today. #MzansiMusic #ThenAndNow #ThrowbackThursday

Then: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Lyrics: https://southafricanlyrics.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/homeless/

Now: The Soil

Lyrics: http://salyrics.blog.com/2013/01/14/inkomo-the-soil/

Links:

http://www.mambazo.com
https://www.facebook.com/thesoilkasisoul