Pata Pata
Miriam Makeba Lyrics


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Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)

Hay yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)

Helele saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPhata Phata)
Hayi ke saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPhata Phata)
Hayi ke aguquka sathi bheka bo (Nants'iPhata Phata)
Hayi ke saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPhata Phata)

Hay yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)

Pata Pata is the name of a dance
We do down Johannesburg way.
Everybody starts to move
As soon as Pata Pata begins to play

Hayi saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Hayi ke saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Hayi ke saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Hayi saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)

Hay ke yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
IPata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)

Every Fridays and Saturday nights (Iyo Pata Pata)
It's Pata Pata time (Nants'iPata Pata)
The music keeps going all night long (Iyo Pata Pata)
Till the morning sun begins to shine (Nants'iPata Pata)

Hayi saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)

Hay ke yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)




Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Miriam Makeba's song "Pata Pata" describe the excitement and joy of participating in the dance known as "Pata Pata." The opening lines, "Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)," are translated to mean "We have changed and said we must look at Pata Pata." This suggests that the song calls for people to embrace the dance and the happiness it brings. The repeated use of "yiyo mama" throughout the song adds to the celebratory tone, as it is often used as a cry of joy and triumph.


The lyrics also refer to the fact that Pata Pata is a popular dance in Johannesburg and is played every Friday and Saturday night. As soon as the music starts, everybody begins to move in the Pata Pata dance. The song implies that the dance is so infectious that it continues all night long until the morning sun begins to shine. The use of the phrase "Nants'iPata Pata" throughout the song emphasizes the importance and excitement of the dance, urging everyone to join in.


Overall, the lyrics of "Pata Pata" are a celebration of the joy, unity, and happiness that comes with participating in the Pata Pata dance.



Line by Line Meaning

Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
Everyone stands up and pays attention when the Pata Pata music starts playing


Hay yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
The joyful sound of the music makes people say 'Yeah yeah mama! Yes, let's dance to Pata Pata!'


Pata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
As soon as the Pata Pata rhythm starts, people can't resist the urge to move their bodies to the beat


Helele saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPhata Phata)
The excitement is contagious and everyone around is urged to stand up and dance to the Phata Phata beat


Hayi ke saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPhata Phata)
The people can't resist the Pata Pata urge and start doing the Phata Phata dance and move to the beat


Hayi ke aguquka sathi bheka bo (Nants'iPhata Phata)
The dance rhythm keeps getting faster and the people start to move their entire bodies to follow the beat


Pata Pata is the name of a dance
Pata Pata is the signature dance style that is enjoyed by many people down Johannesburg way


We do down Johannesburg way.
In the city of Johannesburg, everyone knows how to do the Pata Pata dance


Everybody starts to move
As soon as they hear the Pata Pata rhythm, people can't resist the urge to start moving and dancing


As soon as Pata Pata begins to play
The music starts and the joyous dancing immediately follows


Every Fridays and Saturday nights (Iyo Pata Pata)
On Friday and Saturday nights, it is the perfect time to dance and enjoy Pata Pata, the happy dance rhythm


The music keeps going all night long (Iyo Pata Pata)
The Pata Pata beat is so infectious that it keeps playing throughout the night as people enjoy dancing to it


Till the morning sun begins to shine (Nants'iPata Pata)
The sun eventually rises, it's a new day in Johannesburg, and everyone takes a well-earned rest


Saguquka sathi bheka (Nants'iPata Pata)
The Pata Pata rhythm is simply irresistible, and everyone joins in, lively and dancing


IPata Pata yiyo mama yiyo mama (Nants'iPata Pata)
The happy sound of Pata Pata is in the air all around, making everyone sing 'Yes yes mama, let's enjoy and dance to Pata Pata'




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Miriam Makeba, Jerry Ragovoy

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Comments from YouTube:

@bigdeuce2154

I’ve been looking for this song for years!!!

@dianasantana3947

Lol I've been looking for it to.i even called radio station he had no idea 😂.I found it playing Song Pop

@romainduthu1753

I just searched pata pata song. Instantly showed up

@bigdeuce2154

@@romainduthu1753 well yeah, when you know the song name it’s easy. When all you know is “Saguquga sathi bega nantsi “ and have no idea how to spell it, on top of the fact I last heard the song when I was 7. Give me a break

@dianasantana3947

@@bigdeuce2154 right the words I was searching weren't even right😁

@dianasantana3947

@@romainduthu1753 I didnt remember those words even🤣

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@olafcrocker3936

I was 15 the first time I heard this great piece of music. I'm 68 now. Still enjoying it.

@stephenlevant4033

Indeed. I first heard Mama Africa sing this in 1967 (I was 8 years old). This song embodies inspiration, encouragement, and a zest for life that overcomes adversity. All that she went through didn't break her but empowered one of the many voices speaking out justice, peace, and humanity. RIP Mama Africa.

@AkashN-dz7hi

@@stephenlevant4033 Dang you guys are fricking legends, and so is Mama Africa

@dthomas4501

Another "legend" jumping on the train! Hear this for the first time in 1967 and loved it and the artist. 77 now and still loving it. Thank you Mama Africa!!

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