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ASIMBONANGA

 

A site dedicated to the members of Team 141 'Women Writing Africa,

Eastern Region' Bellagio, 13 August-4 September 2003

 

ASIMBONANGA

(Zulu for 'We haven't seen him')

CHORUS
Asimbonanga (We haven't seen him)
Asimbonang 'uMandela thina (We haven't seen Mandela)
Laph 'ekhona (in the place where he is)
Laph 'ehlelikhona (in the place where he is kept)

 

Chorus

 

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands 'till comes the day
We cross the burning water

 

Chorus

 

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

 

Chorus

 

Steven Biko...
Asimbonanga (We haven't seen him)
Bonang' umfowethu thina (We haven't seen our brother)
Laph' ekhona (in the place where he is)
La wafela khona (in the place where he died)

 

Victoria Mxenge...
Asimbonanga (We haven't seen her)
Bonang' udadewethu thina (We haven't seen our sister)
Laph' ekhona (in the place where she is)

La wafela khona (in the place where she died)

 

Neil Aggett...
Asimbonanga (We haven't seen him)
Bonang' umfowethu thina (We haven't seen our brother)
Laph' ekhona (in the place where he is)
La wafela khona (in the place where he died)

 

Awu ngithi hey wena (Oh, I say 'hey you')
Hey wena nawe (hey you and you as well)
Sizofika nini la' siyakhona (When will we arrive at our true destination?)

 

Chorus

 

 

 

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