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  • I'd like to dedicate this one to all the women in South Africa --

  • those women who refused to dwindle in the midst of apartheid.

  • And, of course, I'm dedicating it also to my grandmother,

  • whom I think really played quite a lot of important roles,

  • especially for me when I was an activist, and being harassed by the police.

  • You will recall that in 1976, June 16, the students of South Africa boycotted

  • the language of Afrikaans as the medium of the oppressor,

  • as they were sort of like really told

  • that they must do everything in Afrikaans --

  • biology, mathematics -- and what about our languages?

  • And the students wanted to speak to the government,

  • and police answered with bullets.

  • So every year, June 16, we will commemorate

  • all those comrades or students who died.

  • And I was very young then. I think I was 11 years,

  • and I started asking questions,

  • and that's when my political education started.

  • And I joined, later on, the youth organization

  • under the African National Congress.

  • So as part of organizing this and whatever,

  • this commemoration, the police will round us up

  • as they call us leaders.

  • And I used to run away from home,

  • when I know that maybe the police might be coming

  • around the ninth or 10th of June or so.

  • And my grandmother one time said,

  • "No, look, you're not going to run away.

  • This is your place, you stay here."

  • And indeed, the police came -- because they'll just arrest us

  • and put us in jail and release us whenever they feel like, after the 20th or so.

  • So it was on the 10th of June, and they came, and they surrounded the house,

  • and my grandmother switched off all the lights in the house,

  • and opened the kitchen door.

  • And she said to them, "Vusi's here, and you're not going to take him tonight.

  • I'm tired of you having to come here, harassing us,

  • while your children are sleeping peacefully in your homes.

  • He is here, and you're not going to take him.

  • I've got a bowl full of boiling water -- the first one who comes in here, gets it."

  • And they left.

  • (Applause) (Music)

  • Thula Mama, Thula Mama, Thula Mama, Thula Mama. ♫

  • Through the mist of the tears in your eyes on my childhood memory, ♫

  • ♫ I know the truth in your smile, ♫

  • ♫ I know the truth in your smile, ♫

  • piercing through the gloom of my ignorance. ♫

  • Oh, there is a mama lying down sleeping

  • you're very ill and your heart crying. ♫

  • Wondering, wondering, wondering, wondering where is this world coming to. ♫

  • Is it right the children have to fend for themselves? No, no, no, no, no. no. ♫

  • Is it right heaping trouble on an old lady's head? ♫

  • So unlucky faceless people. ♫

  • Thula Mama Mama, Thula Mama. Thula Mama Mama. ♫

  • Thula Mama, Thula Mama, Thula Mama Mama, Thula Mama

  • Tomorrow it's going to be better. ♫

  • Tomorrow it's going to be better to climb, Mama. ♫

  • Thula Mama, Thula Mama. ♫

  • Am I to break into the song like the blues man or troubadour. ♫

  • And then from long distance in no blues club am I to sing, ♫

  • baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby. ♫

  • Should I now stop singing of love, ♫

  • now that my memory's surrounded by blood? ♫

  • Sister, why oh why do we at times mistake a pimple for a cancer? ♫

  • So who are they who says, no more love poems now? ♫

  • ♫ I want to sing a song of love

  • for that woman who jumped the fences pregnant

  • and still gave birth to a healthy child. ♫

  • Softly I walk into the sun rays of the smile

  • that will ignite my love song, my song of life, ♫

  • my song of love, my song of life, my song of love, ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love, my song of life. ♫

  • Ooh, I've not tried to run away from song, ♫

  • ♫ I hear a persistent voice, more powerful than the enemy bombs. ♫

  • The song that washed our lives and the rains of our blood. ♫

  • My song of love and my song of life, my song of love, ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love, ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love -- I want everybody to sing with me -- ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love, my song of life -- everybody sing with me -- ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love -- I can't hear you -- ♫

  • my song of love, my song of life -- you can do better -- ♫

  • my song of life, my song of love -- keep singing, keep singing -- ♫

  • my song of love, my song of life, yes, my song of love -- ♫

  • you can do better than that -- ♫

  • my song of life, yes, my song of love, my song of life, my song of love -- ♫

  • keep singing, keep singing, keep singing -- my song of love. ♫

  • Oh yeah. My song of -- a love song, my song of life. Sing. A love song, my song of life. Sing. ♫

  • Love song, my song of life. Sing. Love song, my song of life. Sing. ♫

  • Love song, my song of life. Sing. Love song, my song of life. ♫

  • Love song, my song of life. ♫

  • (Applause)

I'd like to dedicate this one to all the women in South Africa --

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【TED】Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama" (Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama")

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    Zenn posted on 2017/12/16
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