Sunday , 20 April 2014

LYRICS OF KHONA by MAFIKIZOLO featuring UHURU, AND ITS LITERARY MEANING – A NIGERIAN’S PERSPECTIVE.

by Prince Adewale Oreshade.

Re-united to storm the world.

Mafikizolo,Re-united to storm the world. pix: Paul Munene

The first phenomenon one has to address in this song is the Language. The song was written and sung in the Zulu Language. And in some part of the song; it did flirt with other local Languages. Some Zulus from a province called Mpumalanga are influenced by an inland country called Swaziland, so they tend to mix their vowels. It has a feel of English too – Rose and Mama. But then, Mama is one of those words that its meaning is universal. Mama means Mother in almost all languages. And Zulu is not an exception.

To understand this song – Khona, one has to understand the personal lives of the members of the Mafikizolo Band, and Uhuru also. The members of Mafikizolo are Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza, and Tebogo Madingoane. And the genre of music this group make is called Kwaito. Their kind of song can be called Afro-Pop. It has a peculiar Angolian-Swahili feel too. Quite eccentric, at least, to we non-South Africans.

Khona, is one of the tracks in their February (2013) released album titled – Reunited, same being their first album since they went solo in 2008. From the lyrics of the song one will see that Reunited is not just the persons reuniting but a unification of their experiences in sonorous-lines. Khona is a sample of one of the tracks that unites their sad experiences.

Once upon a trio.

Once upon a trio.

Before one goes into their personal experiences, it is pertinent to understand or have an idea what Khona means. Khona means ‘there’ or ‘at that place’. So the song is more of a dialogue-type song. So for every persons mentioned in the song; Khona is a rhetorical call to them to ‘come back. So all of them that are ‘there’, at that ‘other side’ or ‘that place’ should come back. Its kind of a sad plea. Khona being an euphemism for death’s hades and cracks of a broken heart. Even Theo’s dance of throwing his arms and thighs in the forward and then backward direction portrays the come-back-Khona message.

So the question arises, who are these people the Mafikizolo sang this song for? One of the Trio of Mafikizolo is Tebogo Madingoane. Amidst the peak of their success in 2004, on the 14th of February to be precise; Tebogo, one of the male singers was shot after an argument got heated with another driver in traffic. His death touched the spines of the Mafikizolo and it has always been in their hearts since then.

we are back to tell our story.

we are back to tell our story.

Nhlanhla Nciza, the only lady of the Trio also had her share of misfortune when she lost her 5 year old daughter, Zinathi, in a car accident in December, 2009. Her death and request to come back was portrayed at the end of the music video where the smoke from the ghastly car which was suppose to disperse in the air, was seen reverting back into the car from the car’s windscreen. The pains of a bereaved mum was also evident in her choice of attires and gestures. The first verse of the song was for Tebogo and the second was for her daughter. The third one was for Theo’s Rose and the fourth was for Uhuru’s Mum.

From the lyrics, it is evident that Theo Kgosinkwe lost his love; Rose, who is either his sister, daughter or lover. His call for Sesi Rose to come back was deep and passionate. Sitting on a black horse which is known to represent strength and power is a show of his graphic toast to Rose. Perhaps, those are the qualities that were missing in Theo hitherto. Hence, his persistent call and show. Like a Knight riding back from a war he was victorious.

It is evident from the lyrics that Uhuru who is not a member of the Mafikizolo also had a piece of the sad cake; his mother. With the name Uhuru, what readily comes to mind is the Lesotho 70′s and 80′s band. Or better still, the South American Black Uhuru Band. Or perhaps, the Kenyan’s Uhuru Kenyatta. Uhuru however, is a Swahilian word that means Freedom. Whether this Uhuru is an offshoot of the Black Jesus’ Uhuru is yet unknown. But one thing is clear, this Uhuru sings. And he does it well. Singing is the only thing he would do if he wasn’t singing – that wasn’t a typo. His dramatic performance and passion about his demised Mum was Captivating. It got me replaying the song over and over.

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The song Khona is a sad love song but one with a beam of optimistic hopelessness. We’ve all lost something. And we all miss something. For all of us that have lost and missed something, and wish it to come back; this song is for us. Khona to our demised friends and family. Khona to our broken hearts. Khona to those strangers that gave us a good smile whilst walking past. Khona to those lost precious times. Albeit a lost call, its still uplifting to yearn for them. Perhaps, just perhaps, we may have them back. Maybe not in person; they always can reincarnate in others.

As a Nigerian, the nostalgia of the utopia that used to exist makes us listen, dance and sing-along to Khona. Its a call for our basic human rights. A call for peace, unity and progress. A call to Glory!

KHONA: The Zulu Lyrics.

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *27 times at the background most times*

Ewu eee Ewu eee!

Khor!

Khona *4 times*

Khona! *17 times at the background of the first verse below*

Uthando lwami lakuphi na?
cela ulibuyisele
Lapho ulithathe
Ngiyalifuna
Lapho liphuma
Ngiyalifun
Libuyisele, sele

Uthando lwami likuphi na?
Cela ulibuyisele
Lapho ulithathe
Lapho liphuma
Ngiyalifuna
Libuyisele eh,eh,eh

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *8 times*

Sesi ya rose Sesi
Ulise
Thanlo lwami, yee yeyeye
Libuyisele
Lapho ulithathe
Ngiyalifuna
Lapho liphuma
Libuyisele
Sele sele ye ye ye ye eee

Sele sele ye *twice*

Khona *9 times*

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

Khor!

Khona! *18 times*

Mama mama ma
Mama ma
Mama mama mam ela mama
Mama mama mam ela mama

Eeee ila mama e!

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

Khona *18 times*

Sesi! Sesi Sesi a Se

Jalabringo

Se se
Uthando lwami lakuphi na?
cela ulibuyisele
Lapho ulithathe
Ngiyalifuna
Lapho liphuma
Ngiyalifun
Libuyisele, sele

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

Sesi ya rose Sesi
Ulise
Thanlo lwami, yee yeyeye
Libuyisele
Lapho ulithathe
Ngiyalifuna
Lapho liphuma
Libuyisele

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

Sele
Lapho ulithathe
Ngiyalifuna
Libuyisele

Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

In singing this song, it should be noted that some alphabets in the Zulu words are silent. The above being the exact words, one has to pronounce theirs in a manner that soothes their local tongues.

Getting the zulu rendition wasn’t as hard as interpreting it.  Thanks to my South African Zulu friends; Amanda Toetsie Mkhonza and Ofentse Kgonego Motlhasedi. Amanda was of the view that most of the catchy phrases don’t have actual zulu meanings. They were just used for sonorous leverages. But they can pass as exclamatory expressions. Examples are ‘Ewu e, za izakasu and the continuous melodious eeeee sounds.

She said Uthando is a noun that means Love. And saying I Love You in Zulu is Ngiyakuthanda. That said, the crux of all the verses is that of Nostalgia but with different people as subjects. The first being Tebogo. Second one for Zinathi. Third for Rose and fourth for Uhuru’s mother.

KHONA: The Meaning.

Where is my love?
Please return it
To where you found it.
I want it to return
To me from that place

Bring it back,
bring it back,
I want it back.

I hope you enjoy the song. Now you can listen and enjoy as I have…

Prince Oreshade Adewale is a Lawyer, Poet, Novelist and Social Engineer with great passion for World peace, he loves Culture and Arts.


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330 comments

  1. its interesting that sm1 sat down to interprete anoda country’s song in anoda language! The depth of the song is inspiring. Interesting writeup

  2. This song is awesome. I could feel the soul of Africa in this song, though I didnt understand a single word meaning. The rhythem and the beat is just fantastic.

  3. Akosua- Accra, Ghana

    this khona song is all over tv..
    having to understand the meaning of this song, i have come to appreciate it…
    i vote this song as this year’s best..*thinking aloud*

  4. Aaahhh man Im South African and Zulu is my first language, I feel humbled for some reason at the same time Im so amazed that you actually took the time. Very well done!! 100%

  5. WOW! I love Khona and appreciate it more now that I know what I means and stands for. Thanks for the good job Prince! Khona to our departed loved ones! Good job! Now I have to tweet this for my fellow Naija people!

  6. i am jamming this song righ now,, i can feel the africa beat in it,, kudos to MFIKIZOLO FT UHURU Ngiyakuthanda. MWAH

  7. wow.i never knew the meaning of the song.most of us kenyans think its a party song

  8. Before seeing the interpretation of the song,the nostalgia was alwedy felt so so deep…the beats,the Language,the voices….God I love this song….thanks 2 the interpreter….now it all makes sense…

  9. Thanks for making me love the song the more…….Khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona khona

  10. I can’t help but cry a little when I read the true meaning of this song khona its torching and reminds me a lot abt my own past….thanks. Adewale

  11. Wow!!! I must say, reading this article has made me fall even deeper inlove with the song. Thank you. Quote: “Khona to our demised friends and family. Khona to our broken hearts. Khona to those strangers that gave us a good smile whilst walking past. Khona to those lost precious times.” My FB status as I write… – Tshiamo, South Africa

  12. Beyond The Lyrics – The Gay Dancers In The Khona Video.

    Now that we understand what Khona means and what it relates to. And we’ve been able to decipher that Theo’s dance of throwing his fist forward and backward was not just a theatrical dance step, but a further call for the return of what they sang about.

    In the video, there were different classes of dancers. There were the elderly women-the trio, the elderly man, the young guys in African attires-the trio, a lady, the beat makers and of course the gay guys-the four of them.

    They were predominant in the video. From the angelic and celestial white masked attire, to their black and gold sparkling attire; they danced all the way. Still on with our Khona theme; since gold is gotten from the earth and white from the heavens, could it be that Mafikizolo were actually saying something.

    Could it be that they were telling us that, whether their loved ones are deep down in the dark precious earth or up in the sparkling white heavens; they should come back to them? And maybe that’s why the four kept lying down whilst dancing and doing the return-twist with their hands. To mean that, whether in the earth below, or heavens above, they should come back.

    Furthermore, could it be that, the use of the four gays as dancers, is a call for the acceptability of the gay people? After all, they existed in the past and they co-existed with the people peacefully. That we should end the violence against gays and just let them be. That we should stop standing behind the shadows of religions commands to hate another individual. That we should love. Love indiscriminately. That we should love all.

    All these cant be said to be just a coincidence. The Art in Khona’s video was talking to us. Beyond the lyrics, were embedded, untold yearns…

    • Ngiyakuthandu@adewale….hope i spelt it correctly.i never knew there is someone who loves that song more than i do*winks*…kudos!..kudos!..kudos!,i love you.you are’GREAT GUY’!….i’d the intentions of doing this,but i couldn’t squeeze for it.Thanks for helping me in accomplishing this task.But,as for the gay-issue,,,mehnn!…i’m strictly against it,that alone might make me not to ever play the song again….cha-cha!

    • Ngiyakuthandu@adewale….hope i spelt it correctly.i never knew there is someone who loves that song more than i do*winks*…kudos!..kudos!..kudos!,i love you.you are’GREAT GUY’!….i’d the intentions of doing this,but i couldn’t squeeze for it.Thanks for helping me in accomplishing this task.But,as for the gay-issue,,,mehnn!…i’m strictly against it,that alone might make me not to ever play the song again…..cha-cha!

  13. Khonakhonakhona…… Ooh! Sesi n rose got a yoruba version anyway chelsea n rozay… Taloran mio(lol) thats what happens when u love a song soo much that youve just got urself singing it the best way you can. Obviously chelsea gin n rozay aint good combo so who send you? Good jab to whom must ve done this… Thanks, im loving the song more. The dance steps wowww! Khonakhonakhonakhonaaa!

  14. Bravo! Execllent work researching the lyrics of the song and lovely essay…Khona NIGERIA

  15. Thank you so much for the interpretation.

  16. Please do you have any idea where i can get that green and white traditional shirt worn by theo?

  17. The very first time i heard this song, it struck a deep chord in me. i downloaded it and I’ve been enthralled. The music is complete on every level.
    Now reading the meaning…. its like now i know why they say music is spiritual! Prince! Thank you and God bless you!

  18. Hope you guys have listened to the other tracks in their new album ‘Reunited’ that Khona was gotten from. All the tracks are equally excellent. That album is deep. If that’s the only album they release, it’s enough for a life time. That good.

    Would have loved to interpret those too, but being a lawyer sweeps me away every time. *covers face*

  19. Thank you for taking time out to write this. I enjoyed reading it. Khona is a beautiful song. I’m glad I know what it’s about now.

  20. Thanks for interpreting d song, I like d song and even try to do some of d dance steps.
    It never occurred to me that it was an emotional song with d way they were dancing and jumping.my “likeness” for d song is probably d same.

  21. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this submit and if I may I wish to suggest you few attention-grabbing issues or advice. Maybe you could write subsequent articles referring to this article. I desire to read more things about it!

    • I will continue to write about the song. As much as I find more things to write about. As you can see with the One that references the choice of Gay Dancers in the music video. Thanks a lot.

  22. JOSEPH CHIKUSE BANDA

    loving it wawu khona

  23. JOSEPH CHIKUSE BANDA

    KHONA: The Zulu Lyrics.
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *27 times at the background most times*
    Ewu eee Ewu eee!
    Khor!
    Khona *4 times*
    Khona! *17 times at the background of the first verse below*
    Uthando lwami lakuphi na?
    cela ulibuyisele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Ngiyalifuna
    Lapho liphuma
    Ngiyalifun
    Libuyisele, sele
    Uthando lwami likuphi na?
    Cela ulibuyisele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Lapho liphuma
    Ngiyalifuna
    Libuyisele eh,eh,eh
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *8 times*
    Sesi ya rose Sesi
    Ulise
    Thanlo lwami, yee yeyeye
    Libuyisele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Ngiyalifuna
    Lapho liphuma
    Libuyisele
    Sele sele ye ye ye ye eee
    Sele sele ye *twice*
    Khona *9 times*
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*
    Khor!
    Khona! *18 times*
    Mama mama ma
    Mama ma
    Mama mama mam ela mama
    Mama mama mam ela mama
    Eeee ila mama e!
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*
    Khona *18 times*
    Sesi! Sesi Sesi a Se
    Jalabringo
    Se se
    Uthando lwami lakuphi na?
    cela ulibuyisele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Ngiyalifuna
    Lapho liphuma
    Ngiyalifun
    Libuyisele, sele
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*
    Sesi ya rose Sesi
    Ulise
    Thanlo lwami, yee yeyeye
    Libuyisele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Ngiyalifuna
    Lapho liphuma
    Libuyisele
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*
    Sele
    Lapho ulithathe
    Ngiyalifuna
    Libuyisele
    Za izaka su, Za izakasu *16 times*

    feel like singing it again and again eash

  24. Thanks for doing this,I’m glad you did

  25. I love the music so much whenever i play the music for my girl the music make go deeper in love more an more of it tanks. Khona khona khona

  26. I just discovered this genre of South African music last week. First time hearing Khona. Thanks for the breakdown on the different faceats of this great song. Heart wrenching, now i know the meaning and reasons behind the lyrics.

  27. Thanks for the breakdown.

  28. Its quite a song,though it has a sad message bt e beat jst mk u wanna dance no matter in wat state u r…it Rocks

  29. Boniface Mwalii

    Thank you so much for this. It makes the song even more beautiful knowing how deep it is. ‘Uhuru’ is actually a heavily used Swahili word. And those green shirts are typical East African attire (can be found all over Kenya or TZ). Point is, it feels great to have a connection (I’m Kenyan) to something so beautiful. Plus you used my pals pic (Paul Munene) in the article :-) Khona!!

  30. Hello Prince,

    I commend for this write up. I’m Nigerian but love any soulful and meaning song where ever its originates from. I like Khona and appreciate it more after reading its meaning here. Thumbs up.

    I’d also like you to listen a similar song titled Lengoma by DJ Sbu ft. Zahara. I warn you though, you may end up liking Lengoma more *smiles*.

    Good job Prince!

    • Really??? Are you sure? Follow me on twitter, I will follow back. So that I can give you my feedback after listening to it. Thanks a lot Bro…

      • I’m so sure you’ll love Lengoma. The message of the song is also nice. I’ve just followed you on twitter. Let me know what you think of the song.

        Cheers!

        • I think it’s a Great song too. And Zahara is very easy to Love. Her simplicity is captivating. And Dj Zbu is a very Happy person. I love the song, all her songs. She’s deep. I should write about her too. I will let you know when I do. She’s motivational and calming. Thanks for telling me about her.

          When I heard it, am like, I know this song. My wife said the same and so did my sister. It’s just one of those songs one can’t miss the melody. You just know you’ve heard them. It sticks in the subconscious mind. Don’t let me start the article now. Lol.

        • Mr. Browne, I just finished writing an article on Lengoma. I will tweet it to you as soon as the link is ready. Thanks for pointing it to me.

  31. I have been playing Khona non-stop for the past 3 days. Feels great to finally know the meaning of the lyrics. Feels better knowint that my fellow Nigerian interpreted it. Just gies to show how much unity we Africans can achieve if we decide to put aside our grievances and embrace the beauty in our diversity.

    I’m greatful to Mafikizolo, Uhuru and every other persin whi contributed in creating this fantastic work of art. May Africa and Africans unite through our music and may the world come to appreciate the true value of the African continent. Ngiyakuthanda my people.

  32. @ Jide; I have followed you back on twitter. As you can see, you didn’t have to Mention me before I did. A brother made me smile when he flattered me in hope of a follow back. I just want to use this opportunity to say that, am your day to day nice guy you see on the street playing football. Breathing the same air. Nothing more, nothing less. I follow back even without a mention. Peace to Africa. Love.

  33. Legoma too rocks but after the whole breakdown of the lyrics Of khona its legendry and appealing

  34. I LOVE the translation! Heard the song about a month ago fell in love instantly! I am a sucker for Kwaito and Afro-Pop.

    Thank you for blessing me with the translation. Now looking for the whole album :)

    Plus following you on Twitter :)

  35. Wow..I must commend your effort Oresh.God Bless You..God Bless Africa.

    • Thank you Sir. And God bless you too.

      • Hi adewale tanks for intepreting dis song.
        The first day I heard d song on soundcity its was d uhuru part I saw ans heard I fell hopelessly in love with d song I could not see d name of d song so I could go search for it on d internet I slept tat nite huming d song in my heard d nxt day do u knw I sat in front of d tv hoping I could see d song but could not, I couldn’t get it off my head, but 5days back I saw it again I got d name copied it and search d internet and download d videoa and d audio, I couldn’t understand a bit of wat they re saying d part of d sesi I tot was sexy,and I was singing tat part all tru a friend of mine warned me abt singing wat I don’t knw tat it may be they re praising their Gods but I told him its not tru tat they re singing of LOve. Its so crazy how I just love d song especaily d guy on green I fell for him so much his style and his dance all d while I tot he was singing a love song to d lady and d uhuru guy was just sumting else, but d guy on green was my best part and he is cute too.tanks once again for dis interpretation I will so much learn it.and if u get to knw tat guy on green just tell him sumone fell for him helplessly winks…..

  36. Wow.. I really appreciate you taking the time to put this together.. My husband and I listened to it and we loved it right of the bat, knowing the meaning and understanding the reason for it just makes me appreciate the song even more.
    As a Nigerian, I wish more of our songs and videos tell beautiful stories as this song does. It’s sad that most of the songs being sung these days don’t have any true meaning or value.

    • Same here. My wife and I fell in love with the song immediately. It’s really sad that music videos now contest for the most nude. That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with this one and I decided to write something to applaud it. It’s good Art!

      • gone are the days when Africans spoke, i mean expressed their thought thru art.
        But the sad news is that most of our generation are foolishly followin the western filthy culture.
        Their music videos only paint a night club picture with them thinking the have swagger.
        No wonder their songs fades away painfully and annoyingly within a short time.
        For u to be called a legend in our part of this world u need to show the world the picture of ur origin and that is the african art of music.

  37. :’( The reason behind the song left me sad. I hope they are happy now. It is a great song.

  38. jermaine munjoma

    I think this is the best kwatio song of the year. Pliz come back to me

  39. Hey,Mr.Prince! I can’t help but critically acclaim ur work on dis beautiful song-Khona.I really love the song and u penning down such interestin stuff on the lyrics,artistes’history,meaning and all it entails, is just too touching.Truly,u make me proud to b a law student.And dis is d height of creativity,all dat message from dat funny video;man,u are a genius!Tnk u very much!Now,i can explain evrifin to my brodas.Tnks once again,u’re d bomb!KKhhoonnaa!!!

  40. i so so luv dis song listen to it ova n ova n ova even wen i dnt understand a single thing glad i do smthng now

  41. jam of life!!! Thank you :*

  42. Thank you so much for this in depth analysis and story behind a what was already a beautiful song that now holds even more power for me. I love everything about the song and often replay it endlessly so reading about their collective heartbreaks and what the song symbolises just makes it even more endearing.

  43. Thanks, Bro. God will give you a Laptop pretty soon. Amen. I will follow you in a bit. Here’s my twitter handle though: @princeoreshade. Cheers.

  44. The Song is Great… From the first day I heard it, I felt somtin deep must be attached to it… Its amazin how they poured their minds all out wrapped with Positivity for Every1… Nice Job, U did also for scoring the Song n Video elements… Our Artistes need to improve rather than all these ” bum shaking ” videos jare….

  45. I love this song! I am an American. I never knew the meaning Khona until today. One of my friends who is Nigerian was dancing and singing to this song at a wedding that is we’re i heard this song. Great job! I have downloaded this song from iTunes. Love it!!

  46. What else can I say? Its a masterpiece from every perspective u look at it. Lyrics – check, creativity – check, originality – check, tune, dance, video – check check check…any other criteria – CHECK! Cant stop playin’ it over and over again

  47. Prince, i’l always appreciate it. Nw, i can dance all day knwing am dancing 2 a luvly s0ng! NGIYAKUTHANDA Prince!

  48. Awesome music , great arrangement, beautiful video. A departure from the *shake that thing* *shayo* *spending money*, nonsense that a lot of our half-baked musicians put out here in Nigeria.

    This is the definition of music. I didnt understand a thing they were sayong before I loved it. The language of music is universal.

    Thanks for taking out time to research this.

  49. I didn’t believe it when a friend told me the meaning “its a song to mourn the dead”. I wasn’t satisfied
    Until I finally found this thorough meaning about khona.
    The meaning is so touching just like the song will pass a signal through the ears and other parts of the body.
    I must confess this song deserves loads of musical awards.
    Thumbs up Mr Adewale .O

    • Thank you very much. I guess it’s a gesture of perseverance during the odds. To have made such a beat as happy, and lyrics as sad; and yet make us dance to it – is the true definition of Ingenuity.

  50. The beats…..the deeply rooted African combination of beats makes d song even more pleasing to the ears..

    • Yop, the deep beats. Especially that flute. I don’t know it’s name, but it was much more audible at the beginning of the ‘mama’ part, to the end of the ‘mama’ part. Soft. Sublime. Interesting piece all the way..

  51. wish I cld interpret like yu…..studied eng
    n lit at uniben.

    • Me am a Lawyer o. And an Author of two books of Poetry. I guess Writing came natural to me. In the words of Bernard Shaw, the only thing one has to do to be a good writer is to keep writing. And that’s what I’m still doing. Writing.

      So Dear, keep writing. The Lord is your strength. Having a BSc in English is a BIG plus…

  52. Like im in love with this song Khona, can’t just stop playing it now i know the meaning, KHONA ALL THE WAY. Big thanks Prince for the interpretation + more grease to ur elbow

  53. for the very first time i listen to this music, i really love it, because any thing AFRICA, forget i always love it, because am from AFRICA, and am always proud of dat, OH MY GOD AM MISSING MY LUV ONES.

  54. I really appreciate the fact that I could get the interpretation of this song here. I actually thought it was a party song but, Alas!!

    The first time I heard Khona on radio, I ran home, settled down n thinking the song was titled Ola, googled n searched but to no avail. the song kept calling to me, my heart wouldn’t let me be and I keep asking friendshinking the song was titled Ola, googled n searched but to no avail. the song kept calling to me and my heart wouldn’t let me be, till i kept asking my friends if they’ve heard the song n two weeks later, it came. you wouldn’t understand it, but this song speaks to my heart while I could also dance my hurt and pain away. God bless the musical group.

    • If I tell you what I had to do when I first heard this song ehn. Lol. The song is just Magical. After I got the downloading sorted and all, as a writer, my mind wasn’t settled. It kept telling me to write. That listening to it is not enough Justice to the song. And I tell you; The call kept haunting me. Like I was in debt, and had to pay back. Khona speaks to us all…

      A great song indeed. Hence, why I wrote in a comment above that if Aliens were to come to Earth, and they asked all the continents to send a song that will represent them – Khona will do Justice to us…

  55. It’s amazing to know that as a Nigerian man, you sat down and actually took it upon yourself and interpret it. Big ups to you.
    For me though it talks of love lost not by death but a love gone wrong. Someone has been played. Close to the end, the guy singing “khona khona khona” says “Sesi dala uyingozi” which means “sister, you’ve always been trouble”…
    So the song is simply someone saying to the player “bring my love back where you took it from”..I’m a Zulu speaking South African by the way.

    • First of all, thanks for the compliment. Secondly, on Rosé’s part, you said you agreed that its a love lost situation, but not by death. That was the intent I had in the seventh paragraph where I wrote about Rosé. I didn’t mention that she was dead. I even mentioned that Theo was ‘toasting’ her. He won’t be toasting a dead person, would he? Lol.

      Furthermore, I couldn’t find ‘Sesi dala uyingozi’ in the transliteration I used in interpreting above. But it’s interesting to see that we came to the same conclusion notwithstanding. Thank you once again.

      Perhaps you will love to read the article I just wrote on Zahara’s Lengoma’s song. The article is on this blog too. It’s a South African song too, but sung in Xhosa language, not Zulu. If you will have an insight in my interpretation. It’s actually different from the interpretations in other blogs. Thank you once again, and God bless. Cheers.

      • Oh apologies. I was referring to the part “Jalabringo”. It’s supposed to be “Dala uyingozi” (you’ve always been trouble/danger) or even “ukdlala kuyingozi” (literally meaning “to play is troublesome/dangerous”). I don’t think there’s a word such as Jalabringo in the zulu language

  56. I just can’t stop! Someone hold me pls! *screaming, crying, laffing & dancing at d same time* This is just d song I’ve been lookin for! I’v heard it around, I just simply fell in love wif it, notin more, but this mornin, while preparin for church it playd on my tv and I just sat and watched it tru! Dt was wn d cravn started, I totally went all out to look for it, downloaded and put it on repeat on my hostel room sound system! It was in d search dat I found U, Adewale! U r God-sent to bless dis day! Went to church, got bk, printed d lyrics, pasted it by my large mirror and danced for 2hrs! Still on it! Btw, I’m not a dancer, just a med student dat loves to dance!
    May I ask to post it on my blog plsssssssssss!!!!!

    • I like the passion you have for this song. Interesting. I also can’t dance, I just shake body sha, and lose calories. Lol. It reminds one that the power of Music is beyond being able to dance to; to enjoy. Especially when it tilts one to dance when one doesn’t even know how to. Lol.

      And as to permission, you Absolutely can. And I like the fact that you asked, some blogs have it up, with my name though, but without my permission. Not that I’m cross with them, but I will just want to know people’s reaction to it considering the fact that it was an attempt at interpreting a song sung in a language I don’t know how to speak.

      So please do me the favor of sending me the link to your blog after you must have uploaded it on your blog via my twitter account which is above. Thank you. *bows*

  57. thank i love this musik with all my life that am remaking the beat if am successful i resound and revoice to my language now i know the meaning and lyric but b4 that i ll contact mafi&uhurun for……..*song on headphone now as i write*

    • Great! I’m honored to be a part of the inspiration that’s making you want to do a remix of this great song. Please do not hesitate to send me the link to the song when it’s done via my twitter account – @princeoreshade Thank you.

  58. i really love the song and its very religious….looking forward for their performanxe in ghana

    • We all love the song too. I’m in New York at the moment, but I heard they’ve performed in Nigeria. It won’t take long before they visit Ghana too, I guess. Another South African song you might like is Lengoma by Zahara. The artiste is also very lovable.

  59. Good Post, Adewale Oreshade , thank you for letting us in, on the theme and their personal story behind this song. It brings tears to my heart :-)
    This is my 2013 song of the century. Mafikizolo and “Uhuru” Big up! Much Love from Kenya, i do hope they can visit !!!
    I can’t stop dancing to this Song Khona! Someone stop us…… :-)

  60. Prince, wow! Mafikizolo ought to pay u for this! This is really nice. Thanks for writing this.

    Khona, wow! Wow!! Totally sweeps me off my feet! This truly is poetry at it’s peak. And the expression? Wow! (X3)

  61. Oh, by the way. I was at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards yesterday in New York, and they gave Zahara the Award of the best artiste from Southern Africa. Zahara is the artiste that sang Lengoma; the song I wrote an article about, also on this blog.

    In as much as its a well deserved award, the awkward thing is that they played Khona so much, people kept dancing and the Americans that haven’t heard the song before were asking me for links to download it from. They didn’t even play Zahara’s song for once. I’m not hating the Sister o, but I think they didn’t consult well. They just followed in line with the South Africa Music Award’s precedence.

  62. hmmmmmm, i am really happy tonight, you woun’t believe i ‘ve been singing ‘oona’ for more than a month now withodout knowing the title of the song m singing not to talk of listening or downloading it. i had to search for ‘latest african song’ on google ,downloded like 5 then played all.. when i had my ‘onna’ beat, a smile came to my face , i played it several times. *even if my father wount allow me to listen to any song not KHONA cos he already stylishly sent it from my phone nd m sure he is already inlove with it .

  63. Thanks to ADEWALE ORESHADE …I think m loving KHONA than normal…..m gonna follow you on twitter now, please ff back cos i gatto send some drct msgs. KHONA KHONA KHONA KHONA !

    • If you’ve followed, I must have followed back. Looking forward to your direct message. You can also check this blog for the piece I wrote on Zahara’s Lengoma song. She’s also a great artiste…

  64. A classic song and an excellent write up. Welldone wale.

  65. i’m a ghanaian n de first tym i heard dis song i totaly lyk it,i download it n played it over n over again,i thought it was a dancing song, if u didnt ave interpret it i wount knw it was a kind of lyf song,tanks men u’ave done a gud jod.cudos

    • It’s my pleasure. Well that’s a good aspect of Kwaito songs; they have deep lyrics with Beats one MUST dance to. Great mix. You should listen to other songs in their album. All the songs are great. And of course, you are Ghanian – Kofi gave you out as a Ghanian. Great name. Thanks.

  66. I thought “meet you at the river” was incredible but “khona” is mind numbingly beautiful and intense!it makes me cry and want to get up and dance all in the same breath..my favourite song,EVER!

    • Crying and Dancing is the intrinsic style of Kwaito songs. You should read the article I wrote on this blog on another Kwaito song titled Lengoma by Zahara. On comparism of Khona to Let’s Meet by the River by the Tanner Boys; meeeehn, that’s a difficult comparison o. That somg was intense. It’s fusion of Country and Jazz is nothing short of epic. And to have done that way back beholds ingenuity.

      The genres aren’t the same, neither are the lyrics. Let’s Meet by the River is more of a submissive one. It’s like saying: we will all die, but don’t worry, we will all meet again in the hades. But Khona is an intimate call for the demised or the gone ones to return to earth, or to self. Though they both emphasise Meeting, it’s safe to say, one is optimistic hopelessness –Khona, and the other is pessimistic hopelessness – LEt’s Meet by the River. Great pieces they are.

      Before I start another article, make I stop there. Lol. Yana, where are you from? I like the fact that you like the Tanner Boys. Hehehehe

  67. Wow!! Am so impressed with this wriet-up. Nice lovely song. #OneBloodAfrica

  68. thank you ‘prince’ for the lyric and interpretation of this great song. I wish i could see mafikizolo and uhuru and give them a big hug. GOD bless u

  69. I MUST CONFESS, THIS IS THE BEST SONG I HAVE EVER HEARD IN 2013….HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE SONG SINCE MORNING……KHONA,KHONA…NICE ONE SOUTH AFRICA, Baba mi Adewale, thanks for this article

  70. Lol,i appreciate your point of view there..We could drag this one out forever..different styles yes,but the impact of the music and the message is in the same league,,in my humble opinion that is..lol..
    Hahaa,I am from beautiful zimbabwe:)

  71. I have done so,under the name yassin.chat soon!

  72. I loved Khona from d onset jst for the beat, voice of d female singer and uniqueness from other songs. Though i kept wondering what it meant. Now khona s on a repeat mode on my music player, i cnt stp cryin neither cn i stp playin it cos its tlkin 2 me in a way. I m hooked 2 khona like a persn hooked 2 coke.

  73. I loved this song from the first day i heard it. I enjoyed the video even when i didnt knw the meaning. The beats,the language,the video,the dancing steps,the atire… OMG! Name them, i love it all. It feels beta now that i know that i know the meaning am so in love. Thank you south africa.

  74. I come from kenya and here the song is a heat I believe because of the afro beats the tune and the zulu language.
    am delighted to knw the meaning its touching but also epic….I can say work well done on ur research its well detailed I hope when I die someone will dedicate the song to me when am at KHONA

    • In Nigeria also, it was a hit. Even though people didn’t know it’s meaning, they remixed it and danced to it. And even tarted using the Khona word as a slang. Lol. Great piece, I tell you. Thanks for enjoying it. And you won’t die bro. We will all live forever. How’s Kenya?

  75. Kwasi williams(Ghana)

    I really love this music and is all over the place Everything is on point, the sound the lighting the video quality the lyrics even though I didn’t understand till now is perfect.Kudos. @prince(ur good man)THIS SONG IS AFRICA and AFRICA IS THIS SONG. I bet it will sell in the International market. The white will love it.

  76. I got to know about this song when some of my friends told me that there’s a song they hear the singers calling my name. But I didn’t get to listen to it until recently when one of them sent the audio to me . I fell in love with it instantly that I couldn’t wait to download the video on the Internet. Such a lovely song, colourful video, great concept etc The next thing that later came to my mind was to o know what the song was all about and you’ve done some justice to that but I still don’t know what SESI means in that song.

    • Great. Thank you. Straight to the Sesi issue. what I have discovered is that Sesi is like a prefix to a lady’s name. Like say Mrs. Miss etc. In Yoruba-Nigeria, it is pronounced Sisi, but in Zulu, it is pronounced Sesi. Just like The meaning of Mama and Papa is the same in all languages, Sesi or Sisi means the same.

      It is however used for a young lady, especially one you love or want to toast. So for one to be named Sesi, I guess your parents’ intended meaning is a beautiful and alluring young lady. A sweet heart. Someone close to their heart. I hope that answers your question.

      Are you from South Africa?

  77. Wow…. Jeez… I don’t even know wat to say, I’m totally creeped out. I liked this song once. That was until I read this post. As an African dealing with the dead is serious. Dat stuff can get u killed. D dead should rest in peace plz so I’m not abt to go chanting ‘come back ye dead ones’ least my wishes come true…. Of all d Time in d world y dd I hv to see this now, at 12:01pm. NIGHTMARES…. Datz not saying this piece of work wasn’t appreciated though.

  78. Khona hmmmm. I’m madly in love with it. The first time I heard this song I was coming back from work and I overheard it from a shop where cd’s are sold. I was in a hurry to go home so I couldn’t stop by to purchase it. When I got home I was humming the little part I had heard to myself. When I went for rehearsals the next day with my dance crew I asked about the song I hummed it to them and one of them said: oh you mean khona” I was so amazed at the title. Later in the day when I had another rehearsal with my music group I hummed the same song to them and we all decided to do a research on the song and sing it someday at marriage ceremony or some place. I just kept on humming the song in my sleep. The next day I hurried off to buy the video and behold when I watched the video I went into trance and imagined my self doing a nigerian edo solo in it. Something like”I mwen wen we ose,emwin ya nu wun wen o ye mwen gbe ose” and so on.OMG I just can’t take it off my mind. With this lyrics my crew would be able to learn the song and sing it in any of our pleasure times. I’m a crazy artist who appreciates culture I’ve travelled within Nigeria to know more about other cultural heritage and I’m so happy infact I am filled and even exploding of joy for this wonderful song and the lyrics you added I feel like eating the song and digesting it into my system. If God asks me to sing a song for him, Khona would be the first song that will come out OMG I’m drooling. Khona!!!. Thanks bro and (Ngiyakuthanda Nigeria,Ngiyakuthanda Zulu). Ngiuthanda Khona

    • First of all, I think you write well too. Excellent. Secondly, can you follow me on twitter, and add me on Facebook? I kinda like your zeal for the art generally especially dancing. Thirdly, did you read the piece I wrote as a comment above about the trio of dancers in the Khona video that I believe are gays? All in all, upload the video you make on YouTube when you do. And if you can’t due to internet troubles, you can email it to me, and I will help yon upload it. Cheers and have a great day. Thanks for the heads up…

  79. Always been a fan of Mafikizolo even though I don’t understand the language. I was spirit struck by khona the first time I heard it and told my sis there was something deep about nciza’s looks. Now I understand better, oh….such strength. Thanks for a wonderful job, thanks for sharing this.

  80. I loooooooove thissssss song, its stuck in my head..cant and dont want to get it out.

  81. I dont kno wher to start. Khona is just so infectious. I knew the world was going to crave it like crazy! My lov and addictn for this song is such dat my frnds cal me on phone whereva they hear it played. I’ve bn so curious2c dis. Thanks 4d grt job

  82. Donald Carl-Crentsil

    I personally like this song even though i was sang in a different language . I t moved me so much that I Google the lyrics and i love it more.

  83. I soo much love this song right from the day I heard it. The first time I bent down to listen to the song was in a boutiquet where I went to buy clothes. At first I don’t know what they where saying so I called one of the girls that stays at the counter to tell me the name of the song but she said she doesn’t know it, that the only thing she knows is that the song sounds South African so possibly it should it should be a song from South Africa. To a point I started hearing the song like every hour in radio stations and from there I saw the video on channel O and that’s where I got to know the name Of the song. So I later downloaded it. Thank You soO much Prince for interpreting the lyrics for us.now I know what khona means and I love it. Khona khona khona khona. This song should better win an award cos it deserves more than one.

  84. Khona! Khona!! Khona!!! Khona!!!!… The true spirit of Africa. Loving this song. Nice job Adewale. Keep it up. Ngiyakuthanda……..

  85. Listening to a song for the first time without knowing the name and having to search for it all day on the internet using phrases you thought you heard… ‘Khona’ is just music with a soul!

  86. Who are those three Guys in the video and are this people spiritual believer please i need to get something right about the song Khona that drive every damn person crazy

  87. Whoever loves literature and those books that convey a hiden meaning definately love such songs. I like songs dat a not so obvious. I kind of felt khona was abt somthg dark and nostalgic. Am proud it is so true n touching. There is samthg abt singing personal experiences. U kind of feel attached to the singer or writter and desire 2 comfort them. When i read the meaning i cried. I remember dancing to it yle crying en throwing ma hands too like theo. I loved it then wen i suspected its meaning yet i love it more afta knowing the truth. I could kiss you for wat u did. Mwah. Thanx 4 yo interpretation.

  88. I love Khorna even more than now; its so touching! though a little sad, thanks!!

  89. Haven’t been able to stop listenin to song although i don’t get its words…Now i know why..Interpretaxn tells it all..Really soul’s deep touching song..loves it..Going khona nowwww!!!! HAHAHAAA

  90. wow! am amazed by thz great song.Its simply a masterpiece. kudoz prince 4 a job well done…i also appreciate literature and hav a passion 4 art!!

  91. Nice write up. Now I can enjoy the song more with the meaning. Keep it up

  92. Our own Terry G just copied the beatings of this song and changed the lyrics and title it Ora…though nice…

  93. my first hearing of khona make me felt something inside of me. which me what to know d meaning of the song. The meaning make me realise i strongly want my mother back as well. I love this music.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      That’s true to me, and I am sure it is to every one that has read this piece. Thanks for the appreciation

  94. Whao! Music truely is a universal language. The rhythm is intense it can make a paralytic dance because at any point it tends to sychronise with your heart beat and you just flow from whatever position you might assume at that time. The interpretation in the video when I first saw it blew me away, the facial expression, the soft shrill, then I knew it was passionate and intense.
    Only yesterday, we were dancing to the video played on TV and after it stoped it kept on playing in my head and I started substituting the lyrics with words like “..aboki ta se …. ” so I deceided to google the lyrics and I found this your expository literary appreciation of the song itself. Nice one Adewale well reserched you must be a thorough bred literature student way back. Thanks for I now appreciate Khona better.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Its my pleasure. And thanks for the appreciation. On music being a universal language; it reminds me of how ONE we all are. The entire humanity. No matter what continent you come from, a smooth beat will move you same way it will move the producer.

  95. Wow. This is a master piece, I really love everything about this song. Keep it up guys.

  96. I watch it the 1st time on mtv base, I was inlove with it. Khona

  97. I am a sucker ffor songs that have catchy tunes and beat irrespective of the language or tribe..I knew khona was one of such songs the moment I saw the video..everything was so captivating..what really intrigued me was the irony that such a club banger could have such depth and meaning..truly mafikizilo are a force to reckon with..uhuru was also enugmatic as well as funny with his performance..my heart goes out to the band and uhuru for their losses..the loss of a loved one is not a good experienc..the perfformance shows how much they really miss them..good job for the interpretation,lyrics and review sir..it was really eye opening..please keep up the good work…

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Thank you very much, and I’m sure they will appreciate your kind words. That is if they ever get to stumble on this blog. Lol

  98. Nice song, fell in love with it the first time I heard it. You’ve done a nice job getting the lyrics and interpretation as well as the note on it. Thumbs up
    (y)

  99. Elizabeth Micheni

    Am so into culture and i love music n am impressed with this so though i didnt know wat it meant exactly and whn i later had to get it translated for me by the famous google am mre in love with the song and the muscians….pliz visit KENYA i wuld totally come for ur concert…..lots of love Mafikizolo and Uhuru

  100. Hello,

    Thanks for the expose on this song.
    I really enjoy the song whenever I hear it, and had to do a search on its meaning when someone told me that its an EVIL song.
    He did mention something about the singers invoking the spirits of the dead to possess them.
    Twisted facts. Glad I got this info, so I can continue listening and dancing to the song wothout worring about some evil ancestor possessing me.

    • Lol. It’s sad how our fear of the mainstream makes us categorize almost everything not religiously spiritual; ‘Evil’. Soon, they will call them illuminati. Lol. This group are Artistes, nothing more, nothing less. Genius ones. And do not have any devilish inclinations.

      I’m happy I’m able to clear that out and make you continue to enjoy good music…

  101. I love the song very very well since i dnt even understand but Thank God now i understand

  102. sampel (/Nigeria/Ukraine)

    Must confess..i got here cos i was less busy in class..followed a comnent on twitter about khona…..wanted to know dearly what it was all about….opened medicos best friend googke to find lyrics/meaning..God gave me ur blog..git stuck readn..must say i read all the comnents till i got here…this ur review is a masterpiece..i got hooked..waitn to get home to download..tought out loud n here the song was in my colleagues phone>bluetooth…#gbam..same song we both spoke about few weeks back when we both returned from summer holidays……playing now on group play…ma indian colleagues re having a nod….ma short tale of khona..true events in real time…..God bless u Esq Adewale.

    • *faints* Wow! What a tale. Fascinating. Interesting. The part that killed me was “God gave me your blog”. I just died. Choi! Bro, nice one. Thanks for the love and appreciation of good music, good art and good writing. And most of all; having a good life.

      Life is that simple. You love something, you go for it. Life is Love, Love is Life. Hi to your friends and Khona lovers.

  103. i am dedicating dis song to my mum and my aunty, i really miss them,thanks adewale ,i really apreaciate .i guess my mum and my aunty will be happy where ever they are

    • They certainly will. I have no iota of doubt. The mere fact that you will be happy if someone dedicated the song to you is enough reason for you to know that they are both Happy at the moment. They are. And I’m happy to be a part of that dedication, appreciation and reawakening. *hugs*

  104. The depth of this song is breathtaking. Will definitely take it more serious. And they said conscious music doesn’t succeed. Ignorance

    • Gbam! Brother, you are in the spirit. Conscious music just has to be presented in the most conscious way. It is that reason at heart that I felt indebted to Mafikizolo. This is about a revolution beyond them. It’s the cry for conscious Art to be appreciated. To be seen for what it is and be appreciated for what it is.

  105. Wooow…for two months, I’ve been googling “Cona”, “Pona”, “Ona”, and other funny titles. I saw the video yesterday and its been on replay till this morning as I type this. Kudos to Mafikizolo and Uhuru.
    Equally enchanting was your write-up. Prince, you di have ur way with words! I shared your blog on facebook (sorry I didnt get ur permission first, couldnt wait). Indeed ur a gem!! I was held spellbound by ur background work.
    Good to know ur a writer. I have poems of my own and I dont know if you will be able to critique them for me. Neeways, I’m a Ghanaian born in Nigerian (see myself as Nigerian though) and will love to read ur poems too. Thank u soo much for this piece.
    I’ve been asked to be da dj at a friends wedding on Nov 30, I’m gonna play “Khona” till da audience cant take it any more!!
    Thank u, Mafikizolo and Uhuru!! Thank u, Prince!!

    • Wooow…for two months, I’ve been googling “Cona”, “Pona”, “Ona”, and other funny titles.” I laughed my heart out reading that. Lol. I think I was guilty of ‘Corner’ though. Lol. It’s incredible how music unites us all. Good music.

      Thanks for appreciating this piece. And as to sharing it, it’s cool. Thank you. As to background work; you mean you googled my other works? Hope they were good too? As to you having poems of your own, you can definitely send them to me. I see you’ve added me on Facebook. In fact, I will buzz you right away. I will put my weight of two published books of poetry on your work. How’s that for an African brother. Hehehehe

      That brings us to you being a Ghanian and loving to be a Nigerian. You see, you are a Nigerian. We are want we want to be. Especially when it was the white man that divided us into geographical entities for their selfish and greedy needs. I regard myself as an Earthian. Because at the end of the day, when we die, and the soil we become breathes life to fruits; it won’t be said that it was the flesh and bones of a white, black or brown man that birth the fruit. It will be called the product of the Earth!

      *coughs* I hope the rants weren’t too deep in context. Let me leave the rants for another day. Lol. So brother, again, you are whatever you want to be, and don’t let them tell you otherwise. As to playing Khona till the audience can’t bear it anymore; I’m with you on that. Make them love good music. Make them thirst for more good music. Perhaps, music will unite us all. Thank you Aidoo.

  106. Thumbs up for a job well done. I was shocked when i got to the part where you mentioned that you are not a south African. Though i didn’t know the meaning of the lyrics i always know that there is more to it than the dances at the club; It usually awaken some sort of deep emotion anytime i listen to it. but now because of what you have done i now know the meaning of the lyrics. thanks bro. Ngiyakuthanda!

  107. Ayankogbe Adeoluwa David

    This song has some MAD CRUISE. Being of the HIP-HOP genre; the rhythm activated me. The beat is sick. Wasn’t sure of what they were saying – perhaps pledging allegiance to some satanic deity but on seeing the lyrics transcribed by Adewale and further endorsed by a South African. I can listen to it peacefully and catch the cruise. Ignoring the “love” part since in the hip hop community, it is seen as frail/feminine, LOL. Thanks

    • There’s nothing Satanic about it o. It’s good music. Utmost good music. They are cool headed folks that happen to be talented, and aren’t shying away from blessing the world with their Art. Thank you for an opportunity to set things right…

  108. i lyke tht song since i hav known w@ it means.i feel lyke singing it again

  109. mafikizolo the revolution shame

  110. A club close to my house gave me sleepless night by playing this song repeatedly, i kept on wondering what’s so special about the song and i decided to download it and behold! It is now my ringing tone

    • Lol. You know, that’s the power of good music. Did that happen in Ghana? If so, I think I know who the DJ was. Lol. A friend has threatened to play Khona sometimes this month at an event till the audience loves the song. Lol. Thanks for appreciating good music…

  111. Prince,

    I must admit that this is one of the very first time in my life I’ve left a comment online…plus read through a whole page of comment…without getting bored…you’re exceptional…by just the way you found time to connect to all your readers…makes you a star your self…so Khona,Khona, Khona!!! Plus, I just listened to Zahara as well…what beautiful artist we have in Africa….God bless Africa.

    Thanks for giving meaning to a very soulful piece of art…the song itself is a whole syllabus for ART101 if you ask me.
    Khona my friend…I appreciate you!

    • This fall I’m about to fall ehn, no one should wake me o. *faints*! Amspecial, you are truly special. All I can say is that without Khona, there won’t be this article. And this piece only tries to mirror the beauty of Khona. I’m delighted it was able to duly queue behind it, and I very much appreciate your comment.

      I should also inform you that this piece was also published in one of Nigeria’s foremost Newspaper today. We are all grateful to Khona. Ngiyakuthanda! *hugs*

  112. khona..i knt have enuf..
    Uganda loves u Mafikizolo….mwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  113. adewale, u’v done heart wrenchin job but stil u’r humble wit all d praises u been offered, datz an enviable character. Khonaaaaaa

  114. I’ve always been bothered about listening to songs I don’t understand because of the meaning, but somehow I really loved this song, but going through this write up, I fell in love with it more, its like I can literally feel the emotions of the singers and relate with it… it makes me love my culture and appreciate it more… Proudly African.
    Thank you Prince, this is really good work, I couldn’t help but comment.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Awwwwww, Thanks a lot. And happy it made you love your culture more. Hehehehe. So you are Zulu? I need me more Zulu friends, please add me on Facebook. Thanks

  115. A very Big shout out to this blog, and everyone that has commented and or read this piece. And also to the individuals and blogs that shared it. This article was published in Nigeria’s National Mirror today. A rather flattering gesture by the Newspaper company. Their love for good music got the best of them. Lol

  116. Oh ure the best bro.dat was a splendid job u did there

  117. Mehn!? Dis song has been ma favourite since it was released! Nw i knw d meanin i just cant stop listenin 2 it!

  118. Is such a wonderful for us who have lost something.Thanks guyz for explaining this beautiful song.Kudos!!!!!!!!

  119. why you couldn’t translated the whole song?
    Please I need the whole translation of the song please, who want help me in giving me the translation my email is wiseupman007@hotmail.com or jst contact me on Facebook my ID is Bryongarcy

    my WhatsApp and Viber number is 00244918834146

  120. Princip Garcia Duvidoso

    why you couldn’t translated the whole song?
    Please I need the whole translation of the song please, who want help me in giving me the translation my email is wiseupman007@hotmail.com or jst contact me on Facebook my ID is Bryongarcy

    my WhatsApp and Viber number is 00244918834146

    thanks

  121. thank u brother.
    i heard the song yesterday in my hostel room
    I was suprised at first bcause for years i havent heared anythng from mafikizoro, bt soon after opening the video i knew they are back
    But i never knew it is a sad stor at all
    But all in all bg up mafikizoro wat a come back!
    am from tanzania by the way and that swahili is my nation language

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Awesome. Thanks a lot. Swahili is your language? Wow. Cool. Please add me on Facebook. We need to chat. Need to learn Swahili. Viva Africa

  122. Thanx Prince,
    Glad you woke up from your faint…lol…Congratulations on the publication, it surely deserves to go viral…well done my brother…Khona! Meanwhile Khona is heard in every corner of Sierra Leone while the festive season looms…it’s so refreshing. Sierra Leoneans deserve to read your publication, you really do bring life to the song. I will publish in
    Sierra Leone if you permit me to….Khona my good friend and keep up the good work!

    Merry Christmas….

    Amspecial
    Freetown, Sierra Leone.

  123. OMG!! *sobbing* you totally stole this blog from me… *hitting head on wall* *hurts* but I guess you did a better job!! *loud applause* words aint enough. My friends iand I, go over songs we like critically like poetry, we go over lyrics, metaphors and the like, songs from rap, to rock to just about any genre. You were awesome on this Prince Adewale. And by the way my friends and I are law students too *you swell our head* awesome song Khona *repeat*. Kisses

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Lol. I’m sorry Dear. Your idea just happened to be the best at the time. Lol. I do this spiritual frequency brain search for articles, and the genie happened to have loved the one in your head, so I stole it. Lol. I’m sorry tho. *hugs* So stop hitting your head on the wall, it might contain more I will have to steal subsequently. I love how you guys critic songs of different genres; cool. Invite me some day. Where are you from? As to being lawyers at equity; congrats Dear. It’s the most noble profession. I mean, Mandela, Gandhi and the likes were lawyers you know. And I’m glad I was able to swell your heads. You can add me on Facebook to read my poetry. I manage a Page that’s fully into poetry. And I have published two books of poetry too.

      I hope this answers the two comments you posted. Ngiyakuthanda

  124. Wow when i hrd d song khona i had a hunch dat it was a love song but i neva tot it was dis beautiful….. Thanks alot prince now i can dance 2 it very well (Thought about learnin d dance steps theo did*winks*)

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Mmmm, that dance step is a killer o. I’m sure I haven’t been able to dance like that judging by my wife’s laughter when I attempt the moves. Lol. But if you are a professional dancer, by all means, break a leg. And it my pleasure. *bows*

  125. OMG!! No you did not, you stole this piece from me!!(My imaginations)lol *sobbing* *knocking head on wall* well… You did a better job than I think I would have *head hurts* wow!! Looove this piece. My friends and I, discuss songs like this on a daily, breaking them down and never getting enough, this is goood!! *envy* we love the metaphors and meanings behind them, from rap, to rock… This song Khona, wow!! You did a very awesome job and I honestly loove the song. By the way, my friends and I are law students too. *headSwells* hehehe. Amazing piece @PrinceAdewale. Kisses

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Lol. I’m sorry Dear. Your idea just happened to be the best at the time. Lol. I do this spiritual frequency brain search for articles, and the genie happened to have loved the one in your head, so I stole it. Lol. I’m sorry tho. *hugs* So stop hitting your head on the wall, it might contain more I will have to steal subsequently. I love how you guys critic songs of different genres; cool. Invite me some day. Where are you from? As to being lawyers at equity; congrats Dear. It’s the most noble profession. I mean, Mandela, Gandhi and the likes were lawyers you know. And I’m glad I was able to swell your heads. You can add me on Facebook to read my poetry. I manage a Page that’s fully into poetry. And I have published two books of poetry too.

      I hope this answers the two comments you posted. Ngiyakuthanda

  126. For a very long tyme nw, afta d likes of micheal jackson and celine dion, av finally seen a song dat makes sense to me,,.dis a lesson to nigerian muzikcians,they shud stop singin rubbish…amin these khona people really killed it and i honestly tink dey deserve a grammy award…amin if these song is not given a grammy award,i wonda which songs deserve it.,.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Abi o, my person. But Grammys won’t see them. Even Femi Kuti just got his second nomination, he didn’t win the first time. Let’s be hopeful. If he wins this time, perhaps AfroBeat will be heard more widely. Let’s hope so. And then, songs like Khona will live forever in the heart of the world…

  127. I really don’t know what to say except to say thank you. It’s truly a great song that I can play on constant repitition mode…especially the video…it’s amazing something so sublime and esoterical can come from us. I am proud to be associated with this music by writing this comment. God bless you real good

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Thank you. I’m glad I was able to deliver. I’m also glad I’m able to be a part of this great song in my own little way. Hehehehe. Ngiyakuthanda

  128. Prince,
    …..My dear friend the weather is hot hot hot in Freetown. Thanx for persmission. Prince, and all readers let us together say KHONA, KHONA ,KHONA NELSON MANDELA! His shinning on us all… LIVE ON MANDELA!

  129. well done, such commitment in that writeup. you’ve just made me like the song more. wish my Nigerian brothers could connote more of life experiences in their songs. great work, keep in up

  130. What an inspiring song!

  131. i love the song and the meaning only if i know how to write it in zulu language as i know how to write i love u which is Ngiyakuthanda, Ok let me give a try, Ngiyaklovethissong. Hahahahahaha lol thanks

  132. You know the first time I heard that song, it sounded like an invocation of some sort, because of the background drumbeat. Then a student of mine wanted to down load it on my system cause she was certain I’d love it and I asked her what the song means. She said, its about their dead loved ones, they’asking them to come back. My response was, I said it! Its an invocation. Months later, I heard a radio presenter run some comments on the song and I went back to my student and asked for the song, she did not oblige me. I then decided to do a little research myself, and here I am. I think it is a great song. Many times I wish many who have gone or great friends whom I have lost contact with would “come back”. They sing of a universal sentiment. by the way, I think it is great dedication that you respond to every comment on this article. Good job!

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Lol. Aunty Bunmi, Aunty Bunmi; Thank you for taking out time to comment also. So the student didn’t let you listen to it after she downloaded it through your computer??? Lol. I guess it’s true what they say about love and jealousy. She refused to share her love, you can’t blame her. Hehehehe. Her love has brought you to this website. And may God bless your demised friends and family. Amen.

  133. Loving this song more n more.

  134. My husband and I really love this song mostly for the upbeat tempo, so we danced to it a lot at our wedding. my busy body ITK sister inlaw recently told me we shouldn’t have played the song at the wedding because its inappropriate. Is she right?

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      No, she’s not. It’s a seemingly happy song. And beyond its ‘come back’ message is a wish for a better tomorrow. A prayer for a more happy and productive future. So if the song makes you happy, please be happy, if it makes you reflect, then play at your yoga sessions. But one thing is certain; it’s a song of hope. And hope is what we live by as humans.

      And which country are you from Mona?

  135. I really love this song, because of my love the song my whole family is also in love with it.
    Let me first say sorry to all the artists of the group MAFIKIZOLO who lost their closest love ones, n to Uhuru also take heart.
    I first heard this song during the period of the passing away of Mandiba Nelson Mandela.
    Im from Liberia.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      I think you are the first person to tell the Mafikizolo sorry in this thread. I may be wrong though. That’s cool to hear. I’m sure they will appreciate it. Plus, how’s Liberia politically?

  136. I was in a bus on ma way to work one early cold morning. I was actually standing, the seats were all taken….BRT to VI. :) . I really didn’t feel like going to work that period cos of a relationship issue I was going try. All of a sudden this song started playing on the telly. I was in love with it immediately …..even tho’ I didn’t understand the language. Its so polished African. To me its a sad love song. I love love it!!

  137. Posts like this make me want want to start writing again! Terrible case of the writer’s block. That said…couldn’t possibly thank you enough for the interpretation of the song. The thread has brought out quite some insight on the song, people, culture, life itself and the inevitable mortality of man. Mafikizolo and Uhuru should stay strong as they are. And those of you, like I, who have loved and lost and love the song more for knowing what it means…it gets better. x
    I’m a Human Rights Lawyer based in Nairobi.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Please, write o. The world needs more lawyers who can do literary writings. There’s a particular kind of insight we bring to the table. Thanks for dropping a comment. Hope the heat in Kenya has calmed?

  138. this is so nice.. i was actually telling my friends this song is about mourning and tot to check online for the meaning and this was very helpful.. taking this straight to my blog for others to read and will CC you.. thanks for doing this.

    http://www.suzanneade.blogspot.co.uk check it out. Cheers

  139. Prince Adewale Oreshade

    As if a Nigerian National Newspaper Publishing this article couple of weeks ago wasn’t surprising enough, I woke up to see that a prime magazine in Nigeria just published it also. They had buzzed me for permission a long time ago that I had even forgotten. Congrats to Khona. Music of Life!

  140. Elizabeth Micheni

    thanks for coming to Kenya u just the best….lots of love

  141. I neva knew d interpretaion but knw it made sense.dat was a gud one 4rm u south african guys.love it khona

  142. i really loved this song and now i have know its understanding i have love it more

  143. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Actually seldom does a person come across a blog that’s both educative and compelling, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail about the top of your head. Your thought is fantastic; the issue is something that not sufficient persons are discussing intelligently about. I am just extremely pleased we stumbled across this inside my try to find some idea in relation to this.

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      My pleasure. I felt it needed to be placed in the realm of Thought-Provoking songs, hence this article. I’m glad you love it. *bows*

  144. Khona to Tubosun Williams i mis him so much. tanks for d lyrics its realy touchin

  145. As a ghanaian i have rili wondered the meaning of the entire song Khona. I first thought it a kenyan song. Awwwwww i rili enjoyed the vry first tyme i heard the music. I was so much enthused to knw the lyrics n also understnd. Thnk u for the enlightenment. Khona is enjoying air play here in Ghana. This is quality merhn

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Quality, I tell you. I’m sure Ghana loves it. Been to Ghana, let try my words if they are still there- Akwaba, Midase and Midowo. Hehehe. Thanks for appreciating this effort.

  146. well, theo is actually doing the same back and forth hands move in the music video for happiness, so maybe that is a little bit of over-interpretation, but generally it was nice to read about the context so thank you :)

    • Prince Adewale Oreshade

      Lol. Yeah, well, maybe he wants Happiness to come back. How about that for a further interpretation. Hehehehe. Thanks all the same. *winks*

  147. am in love with the song.am an artist and i wanna do a remix.it has rily inspired me trememdously.its needless to say i love theo
    ….and uhuru is simply breathtakin and my president is uhuru..representin the 254 kenya

  148. toooooooooooooooooooooo gbaski

  149. to be frank wif u, i Loved dis song right frm d first dy i listened to it, instantly it bcame my ringing tone till date! though i jux got d meaning today! but then, i Love dis song wif passion with or without it’s meaning the song is SUPERB!! Thank U!

  150. oh Gosh
    This is a real hit
    Thank u South africans

  151. No offence d law, u’ve done so well ! Kudos!!!!

  152. WELLDONE my bro for d meaning!

  153. Adegoke aishat idowu

    u’ll be the head nt the tail{amen}

  154. luv this song. it brings out the African culture with a bit of a modern touch….
    ..

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