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Yolele
Papa Wemba Lyrics


Na leka lofundu eh Na leka lolendo eh
Eloko na lakisa te na lingi yo na bombi yango
Na kati ya motema eh somo eh

Yolele ngai na zangi yo yolele ngai na zangi yo

Muana mama pusa loleso eh
Yolele ngai na zangi yo
Yolele ngai na zangi yo somo eh
Na leka lofundu eh mama Na leka lolendo eh oh
Eloko na lamusa te na luli yo na bombi yango
Na kat'a motema eh somo eh

Yolele ngai na zangi yo yolele ngai na zangi yo
Muana mama pusa loleso eh Yolele ngai na zangi yo

Muana mama pusa lo... go oh Yolele ngai na zangi yo

Eloko oyo bolingo somo
Ebanda na muna yeba mama somo eh

Yolele ngai na zangi yo yolele ngai na zangi yo...

Writer(s): Papa Wemba, Lokua Kanza Copyright: Jasrac

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Ian Jenkins

Translation ALL credit to Bernard Male

(ii) “YOLELE” is a cry of despair and lamentation.
(iii) MWAN’A MAMA literally means “son of a mother (mum)”. In the context of the song the arrogant guy is mocking himself…
YOLELE
By Jules Wambadio SHUNGU (“Papa Wemba”) & Viva La Musica, Kinshasa (DRC).
Naleka lofundu eee = I’m pretty much arrogant
Naleka lolendo eee = I’ve too much pride
Eloko nalakisa te nalingi yo = Instead of admitting that I love you
Nabombi yango na kati’a motema oo = I hid it into my heart
Somo EE = It’s awful (what a shame!)
Chorus:
Yolele, ngai na zangi yo oo = Yolele, I lost you…
Yolele, ngai na zangi yoo = Yolele, I lost you
Mwana mama apusa loleso ee = Mum your son is pretty much proud.
Yolele ngai na zangi yo = Yolele, I lost you…
Yolele ngai na zangi yo = Yolele, I lost you…
Nga nazangi yo oo= I lost you
Somo ee = It’s awful (what a shame!)
Naleka lofundu ee = I am very arrogant.
Mama
Naleka lolendo oo = I’ve too much pride
Eloko nalakisa te naluli yo = Instead of admitting that you attract me
Nabombi yango nakati'a motema oo = I hid it into my heart
Somo ee = It’s awful (what a shame!)
Yolele …Ngai nazangi yo… = Yolele, I lost you
Yolele …Ngai nazangi yo… = Yolele, I lost you
Mwana mama’apusa loleso ee = Mum your son is pretty much proud.
Mwana mama’apusa bizeti ngo oo = Mum your son is a big boaster.
Ngai nazangi yo … = I lost you
Eloko'ango ngo bolingo oo = this stuff that we call love
Ebanda na Adamu na Eva oo = has started with Adam and Eve
Mama aaaaa
Somo ooo = It’s awful (what a shame!)
Yolele ngai na zangi yo = Yolele, I lost you
Muana mama’apusa bipale oo = Mum your son is pretty much capricious.
Mwana mama apusa koganga ee = Mum your son is a bigger mouth.
Lofundu na ngai esuki semba = My arrogance ended in a shame.
Mama eeeee ooo…
Nga nawi ooo mama aaa = I’m dying … mama aaa
Nga nazangi yo… = I lost you
Somo oo… = It’s awful (what a shame!)

David Leparakuo

Thanks amillion for your explanation to one of my favourite songs in the world**

Carlain Mwembo

Belle traduction, tokoss

benson mwaura

What!! This is awesome, how does he sing such deep words with a danceable beat!

Grima Wormtongue

Thanks a lot bruv

Aries Balenso

Pls send it to me in English

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Enock Owusu Amankwah

This is when African music was crossing borders. I remember growing up in Ghana listening to this music on radio. Love it! Africa music is the best!

Nicky Batsha La Grace

exactly

trizah macharia

In kenya,it was a 💣

Hugh G Dick

I listened to this while I grew up in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana.

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