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South African – Zulu – literal meaning “Hold On”
A really catchy South African song often used in church with slightly different words – this secular version is useful particularly for outdoor spots at festivals! As with most of these chants from various countries in Africa it is fun to build up the parts one by one then the audience can hear the individual parts clearer and “get on board” if they are invited!
You will notice the cantor part is just a suggestion and should ideally be improvised each time. However it is up to him or her to decide on the words of each verse, as they pre-call the first line.
Our learning track is just a demo and shortened deliberately just to show the parts. You can have fun with extreme dynamics, dropping parts out and encouraging others to improvise too.
This suits my community choir very well. We have embraced a good deal of the music of South Africa over the years so we feel it has almost been written for us! It’s easy to sing and really effective. We are fortunate to have a great ‘ululator’ in our choir who adds an element of surprise to it!
This is a fun, easy song to learn. My choir got the hang of it in just 15 mins. It sounds quite complex but is just another minimum effort/ maximum impact song from these brilliant arrangers. Thank you x
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