NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL AFRICAN MUSIC, THIS GUYS ARE REAL BANGER-VERY ORIGINAL-THE HORSE REALLY IS BOBBING IT’S HEAD ALONG TO THE BEAT.!!!!! IMMA WATCH THIS VIDEO OVER AND OVER… THE SONG IS ABOUT LOSS, THEY LOST SPECIAL PEOPLE AND THEY ARE BEGGING THEM TO COME BACK AND EPRESSING THEIR HURT, IT’S A NICE INTENSE SONG

 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.

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. 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.  
....KHONA 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*
   
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… 

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