Khawuleza (Miriam Makeba)



Khawuleza (Miriam Makeba)

Khawuleza was originally recorded in the 1950's by South African singer Dorothy Masuka. Although Dorothy and Miriam Makeba were competitors in the music market, they became good friends. Miriam sang many of Dorothy's songs throughout her career.


As Miriam explains herself, Khawuleza talks about the police raids that used to happen in colonized South Africa. It took a lot of courage for a black artist to sing a song like this, because it was seen as "political" and an offence against the government.

The song reminds me of her own story, that Miriam tells in her biography: Like many other women, her mother used to "illegally" brew beer at home to make a living. She was caught by the police and sent to jail, together with newly-born Miriam. If Miriam had been old enough at the time, I'm sure she would have shouted:

"Khawuleza! Hurry Mama, please don't let them catch you!"



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Khawuleza Lyrics


Khawuleza! Khawuleza is a South African song. It comes from the townships, locations, reservations, whichever, near the cities of South Africa, where all the black South Africans live. The children shout from the streets as they see police cars coming to raid their homes for one thing or another. They say "Khawuleza Mama!" which simply means "Hurry Mama! Please, please don't let them catch you!"

Khawuleza Mama...

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Sep 13, 2011
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MP3 download
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You'll find Dorothy's version of the song on Amazon.MP3: Dorothy Masuka - Khauleza

Sep 12, 2011
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Translation to English
by: Cristian

Ok, those are the lyrics for the song.
But, can anyone translate them into English?

Sep 11, 2011
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dorothy
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Does anyone know where I can find a download for Dorothy's version? I just like that is a faster tempo.

Aug 10, 2011
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Khawuleza lyric
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Khawuleza mama, Khawuleza mama, Khawuleza mama, Khawuleza mama, Khawuleza mama She Shi Za Wo... Naa Gama Poyee Za Zu Kelenene Mama Patti Khawuleza mama, Naa Gawa Poyee Za Zu Kelenene Mama Patti She Shi Za Wo... Junga Junga Junga Yo Khawuleza mama eyayee mama mmm...
Patti Junga Junga Junga Yo Khawuleza mama eyayee mama... Oy Naa Gawa Poyee Za Zu Kelenene Mama Patti Khawuleza ma... Eaohoy Mama Poyee Za Zu Kelenene Mama Patti Khawuleza ma... (By Miriam Makeba) R.I.P Mama!

Jan 09, 2010
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lyrics khawuleza
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Can anyone point me into a direction where I can find the lyrics for Khawuleza?

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