MOLIVA

 

Hawu baba ngashada intombi yami

Esikolweni emoliva

(Oh father I married my girl at the school

on Mooi River)

Kwashunqa uthuli kwandlovu madoda

Silwela lobuhle.

(The dust was rising with all the preparations at

Ndlovu’s home)

Usipho wakipha izinkomo ezamalobolo

Ezinamasondo

(Sipho paid the bride price with a motor car)

Wadlala umukwa wami, wadlala engalindile

(And my father-in-law performed an unexpected war dance

on the spur of the moment)

 

Wadlala umukwa wami engalindile

Kwakhikhiza abafazi

(My father-in-law performed an unexpected war dance and the women encouraged him with shrill cries)

Ngisho izulu eliphezulu lalihleka kancane

(Even the Heaven above, i.e. the Zulu King, gave a small laugh)

‘Zulu eliphezulu lalikhona lilihleka kancane

(The heaven above was present and he gave a small laugh)

Emoliva, Emoliva (at Mooi River)

 

Chorus:

Yamnandi lendaba ngaze ngashada emoliva ngiyabonga webanguni

(It was a wonderful event, for I eventually got married at Mooi River and I thank you people of the Chunu clan)

Ngaze ngashada ngaze ngathola nowami

(I eventually got married, I eventually even got my own wife)

 

Wemzila wangincelisa amasiko ngaze ngaba wumuntu

(Mzila! You suckled me on the tradition and customs of the Zulu and I became a person)

Hawu wemakhabela nangikhulisa ngaze ngama wumuntu

(Oh you people from Makhabeleni you raised me until I became a person)

Kungathiwani ngani banguni nahlanganisa zonke izizwe

(And what can be said about you, Machunu people, for you brought together all the nations)

Nahlanganisa zonke izizwe ubesehlulekile ubotha

(You  brought all the nations together, Botha long having failed to do this)

Nahlanganisa zonke izizwe ngobuhle ubesehlulekile ubotha

(You brought all the nations together in good spirits, Botha having long failed)

Emoliva

(at Mooi River)

 

Chorus

 

(Here I call out the praise names of various people who have been important in my life, most of whom were present at my marriage)

 

Chorus

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