Francisco Assis Silva, Nov 24, 2014
After the Atlantic Point Hostel team have finished the food garden in khayelitsha for the Community Day, the Kids gave us this gift.... -.
**** Ungumbulali wena😭👑♥️
Nosi Magubeni, Dec. 26, 2019
Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post provides information about the song "Basithathela Abazali Bethu" (title corrected by commenters in that 2014 video's discussion thread and elsewhere.) That song is also known as "Ungumbulali Wena".
All copyrights remain with their owners.
Thanks to the [unknown?) composer/s of this song. Thanks to the children who are featured in these videos and thanks to all those who are associated with these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to Francisco Assis Silva and to Nosi Magubeni, the publishers of these two showcased videos on YouTube.
There are a number of YouTube videos and sound files of this song. These videos can be found by typing those song titles in YouTube's search engine.
PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE
[Disclaimer: I'm an African American who knows no other language but English. Additions and corrections are very welcome about this song specifically and gwijos in general.]
"Basithathela Abazali Bethu" (also known as "Ungumbulali Wena") is a South African (Xhosa language) song that was popularized by a 2014 YouTube video published by Francisco Assis Silva. That video features children from a community organization in the Kuyasa neighborhood in Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ungumbulali Wena (Gwijo)blaqkeys, Aug 10, 2020
Ungumbulali Wena (A Murderer You Are) is a lament to the pain, injustices and oppression caused by the Apartheid Era to blacks and other ethnic groups in South Africa.****
Due to English language influence, the word "gwijos" is most often used online to refer to both the singular and the plural form of these types of songs even though those terms are incorrect in Xhosa language.
Also, a June 2021 YouTube video of a gwijo entitled "Beyonce ukhalelane Gwijo song❤"️🇿🇦 shows men singing while one man beating on a table like a drum and one man beating on what appears to me to be a gourd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPzSmMiuv8&ab_channel=ACAPELLASOUTHAFRICA
South African apartheid struggles songs are one source for gwijos. Traditional Xhosa wedding songs, and contemporary amapiano songs are among other sources for gwijos.
"Basithathela abazali bethu "
SIVE MAGAGULA, Sep 11, 2019
KHANYISANI peer educators encourage the nation to stand and fight against WOMEN ABUSE through singing
Here's a comment exchange from that sound file's discussion thread:
Laura L, 2020
"So emotional. What does this song mean? Much love."
Ialways win, 2020
"Basithathela abazali bethu" means they took our parents. The song is about children that are left to be motherless / fatherless because of murder. In particular femicide , which is a big problem in South Africa :("
The 2014 video that is showcased in this pancocojams post is sampled as background to the song "Ababulali" by South African rapper Nasty C in his 2020 album "Zulu Man With Some Power". "Ababulali" is a Xhosa word that means "killers". However, Nasty C's song Ababulali" is a tribute to his father. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsVInaV0Rq8&ab_channel=NastyCVEVO
Here's a excerpt from a 2020 interview with Nasty C about his sample of that 2014 video in the background of his song "Ababulali":
https://www.reformthefunk.com/features/nasty-c-the-coolest-kid-in-africa Nasty C, The Coolest kid In Africa
Sep 2 [2020*] no author cited; retrieved Sept 10, 2021 ..."
..."Ababulali means murderers or killers and I took that from the choir voices that I sampled in the background and really just kids I saw singing on YouTube in their living room. The message that they had on that song is that they take our parents from us—they take us from our parents. They are murderers. When you are speaking it out it doesn’t sound that interesting but when I heard that it moved me. That’s powerful and I decided to make that song about my father."...
** Reply 2. Angel Sentebale Ngaka, 2018 "They are not from orphanage home its cultural group called future line from Kuyasa in khayelitsha." ** 3. Empress P, 2017
"This song should be used in these campaigns to stop women murders..... nithatha abazali of innocent children think of that"
** Reply 4. Athijohntony Ngwexana, 2020 "It also speaks to the colonizer, and the impact that they have had in our continent."
** 5. Nosipho Ayanda Ngidi, 2017 "There's so much more message sent by this video, listening to the lyrics, looking at situation of the house that they are in, looking also at these young kids, it all makes sense! STOP IT WITH THE EMOTIONAL ABUSE TO THE KIDS!!!!, I one day pray that they prosper and become exactly what God has destined them to be... God bless you kids & your mother!!! We love you so much!!
** 6. Bambanani Nguqu, 2017 "Wow great and powerful voices, you don't even need to understand the lyrics to feel their pain. This women is really doing a great job. This video really needs some exposure it was posted in 2014 and only a few people have seen it. Thanks Francisco Assis Silva for posting the video
** 7. A Agather, 2017 "I'm feeling this in the past , present and future
Azania listen to your kids😢😢😢"
** 8. Lwanda Thomas, 2017 "Oh wow Khayelitsha kidz are talented, I just so wish there opportunities to keep kidz off the streets like these, government building theaters in the townships..."
**9. Lucinda maseko, 2018 "the way I love this kids singing, I keep on repeating the song but it still touches me the same way it did the first time. if I had power I would secure their future financially and be the pillar." ** 10. Xoliswa Gumede, 2018 "Such a sad song 😢😢but it bless me somehow, give me strength, hope and ambitions for my tomorrow .... thank u guys"
** 11. Denzel Gariseb, 2018 "But this is talking about apartheid. It says "you're a killer, you're a killer, indeed they are killers. You took our parents, you took our nation. Who was it? They are killers, these are murderers." There is a grave messege behind those sweet voices.
** 12. Mbalie Motsoene, 2018 "Who knows what they call themselves. I need more of them😭😭"
** Reply 13. Angel Sentebale Ngaka, 2018 "They are called future line"
** 14. Simphiwe Mkhwanazi, 2018 "i feel your pain they took my parents away too very sad and painful too" ** 15. Nosicelo Liwani, 2019 "The song they sing it says u are a killer why u kill us u kill our mother u kill our nation then who are this song
it's base to those who were murdered" ** 16. Nomfundo Zwane, 2020 "RIP to all women who died due to Gender-Based Violence incidences. 🌷#BasithathelaAbazali #BasithathelaIsizweSethu
#UngumbulaliWena" ** SilentSun, 2020 "Wow,I don't understand the words but these beautiful children have such amazing voices.Made me tear up. Love from Kenya🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪"
** Reply Mpho-Entle Mohlala, 2021 "It says, 'you're a killer, you took our parents away from us, you took our nation away us' and then I don't know the rest"
"Khayelitsha... is a township in Western Cape, South Africa, on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town. The name is Xhosa for New Home. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.
Khayelitsha has been split into about 22 areas, depending on how one divides them. It is made up of Makhaza, Kuyasa, Harare, Makhaya, Town Two, Ilitha Park, Site B (consisting of the newer K-Z sections) and Site C. Khayelitsha is made up of old formal areas and new informal/formal areas. The old formal areas were built originally by the apartheid government and are known as A-J sections also called 'Khayelitsha' proper...[The newer sections] are mostly made up of bank bond housing[clarification needed] and are home to middle-class / upper working class populations"...
Several commenters in this video's discussion thread indicated that these children came from Kuyasa.