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Soweto Sounds: Mama Tembu’s Wedding

Elaine January 17, 2009 Audio, Features Comments Off on Soweto Sounds: Mama Tembu’s Wedding

Mama Tembu’s Wedding is one of my favourite SGC songs that was performed by the Choir during their Blessed Concert encore (circa 2005-2006).

It’s such a fun song and a hidden gem! Half the fun is watching the Choir dance and perform to it!

Written by B. Egnos, the song was made popular by Margaret Singana in the African musical Ipi ‘n Tombi.


Tonight’s tonight’s the wedding feast
The men arrive with the slaughtered beast
A wail, a chant soon fills the air
For miles around the people hear

Mama Tembu’s getting married here tonight
All the spirits looking, shouting their delight
Mama Tembu’s getting married here tonight
The bones are thrown and love is happy, shining bright

Ela chle ghala chle thalakalela paja x 4

The neighbours kneel and kiss the bride
The warrior waits, he’s filled with pride
The drummer starts to pound the drum
For miles around they hear the sound

Repeat Chorus

Ela chle ghala chle thalakalela paja x 4

And I sighed and I called in the deep of the night
Because never before have I seen such a sight
As the bride Mama Tembu walks out through the door
And the valleys still echoes the sound of the roar

Repeat Chorus

Ela chle ghala chle thalakalela paja x many times

Song Info:

The song can be found part of the Blessed Live in Concert DVD and, unfortunately, has not been recorded or included in an album.

Soloists are Sipokazi Luzipo (first verse/chorus), the amazing late Nozipho Konate (second verse/chorus) and Thembisa Khuzwayo (last verse/chorus).


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About The Author

From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her love! :)

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