Saturday, March 03, 2007


Shosholoza is a Zulu word meaning "go forward" or "make way for the next man". It is also the title of my new spine tingling, favorite, good mood inspiring song to listen to (specifically the Ladysmith Black Mambazo version featuring Lucky Dube, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela, Nokukhanya, Phuzekhemisi, and Thandiswa, a too short sample of which can be heard here). Mambazo's version really is beautiful, onomatopoeically layering sounds so that the music really does sound like the train about which they're singing.

With spring and the new year (Powellhurstian calendar) coming soon, shosholoza seems a good word of the month, especially when the word of about 2/3 of the past year felt like it was uphill. The prospect of making room for the new becomes a very welcome one indeed. So, as the crocuses poke their heads up through the soil, preparing for spring, I too am looking forward to what this new year of my life will bring. I hope cake will be involved...

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