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Sunday, September 12, 2021

South Africans, What Are The Lyrics To The "Beyonce" Gwijo (Soccer Song)?



Kamo Bafana, Oct 10, 2018 

Tsakane boys soccer song moral

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This video is the earliest example of the "Beyonce gwijo" (also given as "soccer song") that I've found.

This video shows young South African teenage or pre-teen boys standing outdoors. The boys wear "regular" clothes and not school uniforms. They clap their own hands in accompaniment, and moving around while they sing this relatively uptempo song. 

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Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases four YouTube examples of South African amagwijos (soccer* songs) with the title "Beyonce". 

My Editor's notes about the South African gwijo or amagwijo (plural) entitled "Beyonce" are included in this post along with selected comments from a few discussion threads of YouTube videos of South African "Beyonce" songs.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composer/s of these South African "Beyonce" songs. Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.
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*In the context of South Africa, "soccer" means what people in the United States call "football". "Soccer songs" are another referent for "gwijos", but "gwijos" are sung at other sports events in South Africa-particularly rugby. "Gwijos" are also sung apart from sports events. 

This post is part of an ongoing pancocojams series on South African gwijo (amagwijo).

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-chronologial-listing-of-youtube.html for the closely related pancocojams post entitled "A Chronologial Listing Of YouTube Videos Of The South African Gwijo "Beyonce" (October 2018 -August 2021)".

Also, click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/09/what-do-xhosa-south-africa-words-gwijo.html for the pancocojams post entitled "What Do The Xhosa (South Africa) Words "Gwijo" And "AmaGwijo" Mean?"

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PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE [Revised Sept. 13, 2021]
I'm an African American who unfortunately understands no other language but English. I happened upon a YouTube video of a South African gwijo entitled "Beyonce" while randomly surfing YouTube for videos of South African gwijos. Since I watched that video, I've come across multiple videos of gwijos (also listed as "soccer songs"). The publishing dates for those "Beyonce" gwijo (soccer song) videos are from Oct 2018 tthrough August 2021.

Despite the poularity and longevity of these songs, I haven't found any explanations online for what these songs are about. And I haven't found any lyrics for these songs in Xhosa, let along in English, except for the words "Beyonce ukhalelani". 

The words "Beyonce ukhalelani" 
are given in at least three YouTube videos of the "Beyonce" gwijo. One video has those words in its title. Another has those words in its summary, and a commenter wrote those words in the discussion thread of a third "Beyonce" gwijo video.

https://mymemory.translated.net/en/Xhosa/English/ukhalelani indicates that "ukhalelani" is a Xhosa word whose English translation is "Why cry." 

Why is Beyonce crying?

I initially assumed that these songs refer to the African American singer BeyoncΓ©. If so, and if Beyonce is crying in those songs, could they be a South African response to or a continuation of Beyonce's song "Sorry" in her 2016 Lemonade film and visual album. In the song "Sorry" 
 BeyoncΓ© accused her husband Jay-X of cheating on her with "Becky with the good hair". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyonc%C3%A9:_Lemonade  and https://genius.com/Beyonce-sorry-lyrics. In that song Beyonce says "Sorry I'm not sorry". But I wonder if "Jay-Z" in those gwijos is the one saying he's sorry and pleading for his wife's forgiveness.  

Or maybe these South African songs aren't about that world famous singer. Maybe they're about some other woman is either named Beyonce or is called that name for one reason or another. As I mentioned earlier, the only language I understand is English. But from the way those songs are sung* I'm guessing that there's some kind of sad drama going on between some woman named (or called) Beyonce and her man or someone who thought he was her man.
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Both of these theories fit the fact that with just one exception, in all of the YouTube videos of "Beyonce" gwijos, those songs are sung by males.

The exception is a 
very brief video clip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtWidBPJFvU&ab_channel=GwijoZA,  May 31, 2021 [length 0.30]. That video clip shows teenage girls dressed in their school uniforms at an outdoor school event singing "Beyonce" (gwijo) as accompaniment of males singing it. The males aren't shown in that 

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Sduh Mageba, a commenter in the discussion thread for Queens College - BeyoncΓ© πŸ™πŸ»πŸ”₯❤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QCpS76z20s&ab_channel=GwijoRSA wrote this in July 2021
"Beyonce wenzeni πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚" 
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Google translates the word "wenzeni” from Xhosa to English “What did you do.”
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I'd also like to know what Beyonce did in these South African gwijos. 

If you know what these South African "Beyonce" songs are about, please share that information in the comment section below. Thanks in advance!

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THREE ADDITIONAL "BEYONCE" GWIJOS

Gumede (Beyonce)


Trash Boy, Jul 14, 2020
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Gumede is a very highly regarded lead singer of amagwijo. 

Here he is standing in the center of a semi-circle of other teenage boys. The singers wear regular clothes (not school uniforms). All of the singers stand relatively still, but toward the end of the video, some of them begin to snap their fingers to the beat of this song.    

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BeyoncΓ© - Queens College πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ™ŒπŸΏ


 Gwijo RSA, Mar 13, 2021
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Based on comments I've read in gwijo discussion threads, Queens College is one of the most highly regarded colleges when it comes to singing gwijos.

This is one of several YouTube videos of Queens College singing the "Beyonce" gwijo. The boys are in uniforms and are seated in bleachers outdoors with masks on their faces to protect them against Covid-19. 
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Here's some information about the use of the word "college" for this South African secondary school:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College

In South Africa, some secondary schools, especially private schools on the English public school model, have "college" in their title. Thus no less than six of South Africa's Elite Seven high schools call themselves "college" and fit this description."

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Beyonce Gwijo


 Gwijo ZA, May 31, 2021
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This is the only YouTube video that I found of girls singing the "Beyonce" gwijo.
 
Some South African 
females in their school uniforms are part of an outdoors audience outdoors for a progam that includes male students singing the “Beyonce” gwijo. The girls begin to sing that song harmonizing with the boys. Unfortunately this video clip ends waaay too soon with the scene of the  girls moving in a procession while singing this song.


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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THE DISCUSSION THREADS FOR TWO OF THESE EMBEDDED VIDEOS

Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.

Discussion Thread #1
From 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y30RgeewPkk&ab_channel=TrashBoy

[This video is given as #2 of the videos that are embedded in this pancocojams post.] 

1. Samuel Mavukani, 2021
"Kill that song ntwana kill that songπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯"
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"Ntwana" is a Zulu word that means "boy" or "mate" https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Ntwana

In the context of this comment "to kill" means "to do something extremely well".

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2. 
Kgotso Jack, 2021
"Beyonce needs to hear this"

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3. Nkosana Vonk Zibula, 2021
"lol why?"

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Discussion Thread #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MbW6_G1Pl4&t=7s&ab_channel=GwijoRSA

[This is the discussion thread for the video given as #3 in this post.]

1. 
Thabiso,_c Tshabalala, 2021
"Beyonce ❤❤❤😭😭😭😩❤🐾"

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2. 
Gwijo RSA, 2021
"πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸΏ"

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3. Dorian Smith, 2021
"Thank you Gumede"

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4. Gwijo RSA, 2021
"I’m not Gumede 😹😹"

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5. 
Dorian Smith, 2021
"Lol I know, gumede made this song trend @gwijorsa"

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6. Gwijo RSA, 2021
"@Dorian Smith  πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ™πŸΎπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ok thank you"

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7. Dorian Smith, 2021
"Lol but who are you by the way? Like beside being the Gwijo King/Queen? You're doing a great job no lie🀷🏽‍"

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8. 
Gwijo RSA, 2021
"@Dorian Smith  😭😭Not you giving me the title I don’t deserve πŸ˜ΉπŸ™πŸΎ I’m not the King bruh😭I’m juss pushing what we all love ✊🏿"

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9. 
Asavela Arthur, 2021
"Queens you never disappoint us boys........"

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10. Gwijo RSA,2021
"πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯"

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