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Shosholoza

12

Category

vocal

Age

10+

Number of participants

8-30

Duration

approx. 35 min.

Working method

group work

Musical abilities of the trainers

1  2  3  4  5  6

Equipment and instruments
  • music player / app to play the song
  • optional: percussion instruments
Competences
  • learning and memory skill
  • cultural / intercultural sensitivity
  • improvisation
  • perception
  • attention
  • concentration
  • rhythm recognition

Shosholoza

An easy-to-learn, often-repeated African melody that can be paired well with exercises such as the Storm game (6).

AIM

The melody is extremely simple and can be learned quickly based on the group leader or one of the videos. The melody can be accompanied by a wide variety of rhythms and movements, which encourage the participants to develop creative solutions.

Description

  1. Listening of the song performed by the facilitator or choose from the useful links below
  2. Explanation of the text
  3. Learning melody and lyrics with many repetitions
  4. Applause and drumming of different rhythms associated with the melody
  5. Add movement improvisation in smaller groups

Lyrics

Shosholoza
Kulezontaba
Stimela siphume South Africa.
Wen u ya baleka
Kulezontaba
Stimela siphume South Africa

Translation:

Work, work, working in the rain
Till there’s sun again
Shosholoza
Push, push pushing on and on
There’s much to be done
The steam train to South Africa.

This song meaning: “Shosholoza, this train is gaining speed and steaming for South Africa”.

Comments for facilitators

Shosholoza has become a national traditional song in South Africa for past decade.
“Shoshaloza” has no specific meaning & was derived from the onomatopoeic & repetitive sound of the train wheels transporting the migrant workers back to their families in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).

Be Zulu

14

Category

vocal

Age

12+

Number of participants

6-40

Duration

approx. 20 min.

Working method

group work

Musical abilities of the trainers

12  3  4  5  6

Equipment and instruments
  • music player / app to play the song
Competences
  • cultural / intercultural sensitivity
  • empathy
  • attention
  • creativity
  • movement coordination
  • cooperation
  • concentration
  • sense of rhythm

Be Zulu

Getting to know the music and dances of a distant culture.

AIM

Initiate movement improvisation through an easy-to-learn Zulu folk song based on the movements of the singers in the video.

Description

With the help of the facilitator or the videos, the participants learn the Zulu tune „Siyahamba”. (With the help of the recordings and sheet music, it can be learned in several parts, but it is also absolutely perfect in unison.)

They watch the videos again and observe the movements the Africans make while singing the song.

They try them out together or in smaller groups.

The participants create their own choreography from the movement elements they like best, which they perform while singing the song or playing the recording.

LYRICS

Siyahamba, ekukanyen’ kwenkos’,
Siyahamba, ekukanyen’ kwenkos’,
Siyahamba, siyahamba, oh,
Siyahamba ekukanyen’ kwenkos’.

We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, we are marching, ooh,
We are marching in the light of God.