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by Geoffrey Oryema

Ngibathe Ngicelu Xolo
Ngatholi nzondo
Ngibathe Ngecelu thando ma, ah oh
Yiningathi yini ngomhlaba
Yini Singa Funu Zwano? ah oh
Ngibathe Ngicelu Xolo
Ngatholi nzondo, ah oh

Washu mathambo espoki wathi
Africa, Umhlaba ubolile
Abantu bane nkohla kalo
Umhlaba ubolile
Umhlaba unengozi
Sudan, Rwanda, Angola, Malawi, Liberia, Zaire
Stop the killing
Phansingo dlame
South Africa: war is never good
Phansingo dlame

So why?
So why?
So why?
Africa, Africa will sing - so why?
The sun in your heart is your smile - so why?
Wozani bizanu tula - So why?

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Murielle Mobengo

Makambo is taken from lingala, a language spoken in Congo-Brazza and Kinshasa by Bantu people and that has strange common resonance with Zulu sometimes. Lingala is very emotional, a very poetic language where few words say it all and this is exactly what Geoffrey Oryema does, here. Hardly translatable. That said, the song is a lament from someone who is sad because people are gossiping about him and badmouthing him (a common human, destructive exercize). He feels heaviness in his heart: he has a lot of problems (makambo), he is all his problems. So for the lingala part, here are the lyrics:

Oh ngai na makambo eh
Ngai na makambo eh
Likambo na motema
Songui-Songui bandeko

RIP Geoffrey Oryema and thank you for this beautiful piece. Kende malamu.


Thank you very much for this information!


@Junior Ocira Thank you very much for this information! The story is sad, but beautifully told. Thanks...

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Mobidick Ahlam

Mobengo bantu had nothing to do inside and Zulu don't sound at all like lingala the real speakers of lingala are not all bantu speakers and bantu mean nothing. lingala is not a southern language but North language across ubangian central sudanic speakers that's why you have some ubangian word in lingala and vice versa and in South Sudan north eastern congo and North Western Uganda they speak bangala language a variant of lingala not in Zambia or Angola or South Africa and the speakers of bangala are not all bantu speakers

Quality Lover

Thnks each one of you , I wish I knew more about African countries, culture and civilization. I would love to know more music like this ❤ god bless you greetings from Greece

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This West African-American Life

Here's a rough translation I found in case anyone besides me was looking:

I've been asking for Peace
But all I got was war
I've been looking for love
But I didn't find togetherness
What is wrong with the world?
What is wrong with the people?
Why don't we want peace? ...


thank's a lot for the translation....


@Squire Muldoon Hold on, but it is.

Alain Marceux

Amazing! It explains my true feelings to this world! Wow

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