Jozi

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lyrics

as i look up at the buildings on pritchard street
the sun is splashing my face
there's a maskanda song runnin' round my head
who could ever call this an ugly place?
when it's so beautiful and
my heart's so filled with love and
so filled with love for you
just like, my first girl

we jo jo wejoziwami bo
i'll always come back to you

I kept hearing how sick you were
how you'd given up on life
and how your children were all tsotsis (gang youth)
who only know the language of the knife
but they only see jaundiced skin
I feel the febrile blood
the blood that brings the healing
the healing for all

we jo jo wejoziwami bo
i'll always come back to you

after all this time you still feed me
like the lioness nursing another's young
you are my isiginci (guitar) my mealie meal
and every mbaqanga song that i've sung
you are my imbawula (fire pot)
i warm myself at your fire
the fire that now needs tending but shall
never die

we jo jo wejoziwami bo
i'll always come back to you
ngizobuyela kuwe njalo bo!

credits

from Ownership, released August 1, 2008
drum kit › ian herman
bass › bakithi kumalo
congas, afuche, bull roar › nery arevalo
alto sax › mccoy mrubata
tenor sax ensemble, whistles › khaya mahlangu
vocal harmonies › stella khumalo, faith kekana, ayanda bacela, ema
guitars, organ, izigubo, synths, programming and lead vocal › ema

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Mthakathi New York, New York

WORLD MUSIC ON JET FUEL! Singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Mthakathi (pronounced m-TAA-gaa-tee) takes the rock/world fusion movement into the realm of Safro-Rock. His music, drawn from a lifelong immersion in South African culture, is a fiery mutli-culti rock mashup with a dose of world world elements.
An innovative songsmith and arresting performer, Mthakathi is the definitive "Safro" rocker
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