Shosholoza

“Shosholoza” is an Nguni song, sung in call-and-response style by mixed tribes of gold miners in South Africa as they traveled and worked.  The miners  staged repeated strikes over deplorable safety conditions and slave wages. The strikes were sometimes successful, but at the cost of dozens of lives.

This work song has been popularized in the West by use in schools and in “Invictus”.  It is often referred to as South Africa’s second national anthem.


(Drakensburg Boys Choir, Drakensburg, S. Africa; school version)

(“Invictus” soundtrack; call and response style)

Shoshololoza
Move fast
On those mountains
You are running away
Train from South Africa

Shosholoza
Work, work, in the sun
We will work as one

Shosholoza
Work, work, in the rain
‘Til there’s sun again

Shosholoza
Push, push, on and on
There’s much to be done

Shosholoza
Push, push, in the sun
We will push as one

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