Miriam Makeba – Mama Ndiyalila

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Man, but I love Miriam Makeba. So soulful, under such natural, effortless control. You can imagine a dance with her; what music like this does to you…

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4 thoughts on “Miriam Makeba – Mama Ndiyalila

    Anna said:
    May 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    What is the meaning of this song?

      wes responded:
      May 4, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      I’m not entirely certain what the lyrics say, only in the identification of the subject. I’m ashamed to admit I don’t even know which of the languages in which Ms. Makeba recorded this is, but would welcome a translation.

    Mdu said:
    February 4, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    it means ‘Mother i’m crying for my fathers house. wake up black people and fight for our fathers house, wake up men (amadoda) and fight for our fathers house, wake up women (abafazi) and fight for our fathers house, wake up young men (izinsizwa) and fight for our fathers house, wake up young women (izintombi) and fight for our fathers house. we’ve been suffering for long its time to stop crying and fight.

    This song was written when blacks began to be violent with racist whites and their oppressive political rule in South Africa to end apartheid.

    I hope you have a deeper appreciation of her articulation of the emotion in this song.
    I love Miriam Makeba. she was a great singer and performer and a sophisticated , well connected classy lady who remained ‘Umuntu’ (black/African person in isiZulu) even when she lived and worked in Europe and America.

      wes responded:
      July 1, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      Thank you so much for this thoughtful response, Mdu. I’ve seen ‘mama ndiyalila lyrics meaning’ pop up in this blog’s search results several times already since you posted this comment. A valuable contribution!

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