WALIMA’MABELE

 

Ngaze ngahamba mina (I have journeyed)

Ngashona emoliva (Until I came to the land of Mooi River)

Umhlaba waphenduka kulonyaka (For this year the earth has been changed)

Ilanga lakhipha umkhovo etsheni (The hot sun drives creatures out from under the stones)

Imvula kayikho madoda (Oh man there is no rain)

Umuntu walima’mabele (And a person has ploughed his millet)

 

CHORUS:

Walima’mabele (He has ploughed the millet)

Walima’mabele imvulaka yikho (He has ploughed the millet and there is no rain)

Madoda (Oh men)

Walima’mabele usizi lubhokile (He has ploughed the millet and destitution is rife)

Madoda (Oh men)

Walima’mabele (He has ploughed the millet)

 

The sky is clear across the land

Not a cloud for empty hands

Who has undone the rain?

Waiting for a windy day

To blow them along to a land of plenty

Will I ever see your people here again?

‘Cause I heard them singing

 

CHORUS:

Families turn the dry earth

Burning, burning, burning

Who has undone the rain?

Can it be the answer lies

In a smile from forgotten times

Will I ever see your face again?

‘Cause I heard you singing

 

CHORUS:

Who has undone the rain?

I heard your people calling out on the dry plains of Africa

Nothing grows nothing shows a breath of life

Dry dust in the morning light

I heard them singing

Give them your love - lead them to a land of plenty

Will I ever see your people here again?

I heard them singing - I heard them calling out your name

Will I ever see your face again?

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