Friday, December 11, 2015

Three Examples Of Umuzi Weskhalanga's Zion Christian Church Music (South Africa)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides information about South Africa's Zion Christian Church and showcases three examples of music from Umuzi Weskhalanga, a Zion Christian Church choir that was established in 2008 (according to their Facebook page).

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Thanks to Umuzi Weskhalanga choir and all the composers of these songs. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of those videos on YouTube.

"The Zion Christian Church (or ZCC) is the largest African initiated church in Southern Africa, with millions of members belonging to the ZCC star and members belonging to Saint Engenas ZCC.[1] The church's headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo Province, South Africa (Northern Transvaal)...

The ZCC was formed by Engenas Lekganyane in 1910 after a long journey of trying to find a spiritual home...

Lekganyane ZCC members trace the founding of the church to a revelation which Lekganyane is said to have received from God on the top of Mt Thabakgone in 1924.[4] ... The ZCC was officially registered as a church in 1962 after the government's reluctance to recognise one of the continent's largest and most influential churches. The early church was strongly influenced by the doctrines of the Christian Catholic Church of John Alexander Dowie, based in Zion, Illinois in the United States of America, and by the teachings of the Pentecostal missionary John G. Lake, who began work in Johannesburg in 1908.

The ZCC changed fairly dramatically following his son Edward Lekganyane's assumption of control of the church in 1948. Edward was a highly educated, flamboyant figure who eventually obtained a degree at an Afrikaans divinity school.[6] In contrast to his father, Edward relied less on faith healing and oral testimony in services, and moved towards a more biblically-based doctrine. Under his leadership the all-male Mokhukhu organization developed. This group initially formed as a church choir. Wearing military-style khakis, police-style hats, and the Star badge, the Mokhukhu in each congregation engaged in dancing, singing, and praying three times a week according to a preset schedule.[7] An additional feature of Edward's control of the ZCC was the rapid growth of Zion City Moria as a pilgrimage site. Using the Maclean farm that his father had purchased in the 1940s, Edward instituted annual pilgrimages that have gone on to become massive southern African-wide events. Each year during Easter Holidays Church members bus en masse to Moria, Polokwane (Pietersburg) (between 10 and 13 million members) to meet the Bishop and to pray for blessings.[8]

...The colors of the church are green and yellow. Church uniform differ according to the state and gender of members and occasions. Men wear khakhis for dancing and green suits for church services. Young women wear blue for church services and khakhi for choir practices. Elder women wear green and yellow regalia for church services.

Because the church preaches the message of peace, they start their greetings with the word 'KGOTSONG OR KGOTSO A E BE LE LENA (KGOTSO E BE LE LENA)' meaning "peace be unto you." ZCC is about peace and respect and the love of God."

These examples are given in chronological order according to their publishing dates on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.

I've been unable to find any translations of these or any other Zion Christian Church songs in English. Does anyone have any links to those translations?

I think these songs are sung in Zulu. The titles and summaries of these songs in English would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Example #1: Umuzi weskhalanga- Igama lakho

Zwinani Published on Apr 2, 2012

Umuzi wesikhalanga on their beautiful first album tiltled Phezu Kolwandlwe
Here's a comment written in English from this video's discussion thread:
icer4514, 2015
"I have been everywhere ,done everything good and bad,had fun ,laughed and cried but nothing brings me close to God like my zion music,it takes me back to where I com efrom,who I am and what i stand for.When i feel down and there are no enough tears in my eyes,this music speak to me a language that only God and myself understand...ngiyabonga zion...ndoboka zion."

Example #2: UMuzi Weskhalanga....JESU UYIMPENDULO

Lackson Sibanda Published on May 13, 2014

Umuzi Weskhalanga our 2rd dvd Sagezwa Ngegazi..a compilation of 3rd and 4th album

Example #3: umuzi weskhalanga#shwele baba

Faith Ralane, Published on Nov 4, 2014
zion music video

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