1. AZANIA (Lyrics)

A song for my country. A song about missing home. A song celebrating South Africa.

2. SILVER TO GOLD (Lyrics)

A love song. For all the lovers out there...

3. JUST A GUY (Lyrics)

A song about fighting the pull of love.

4. WHAT LOVE IS (Lyrics)

A song about searching for true love. He loves me? He loves me not?

5. KHALA NHLIZIYO YAMI featuring Madala Kunene (Lyrics)

A song about loss and grieving. Dedicated to & written in loving memory of my late Aunt, Thandi Tembe Ngwabi & recorded in honor of the great late Busi Mhlongo, who was supposed to have sung this duet with me.

6. MR. BLUE SWEATER (Lyrics)

A song about lost love.

7. CLOSED ON OPENING NIGHT (Lyrics)

A break-up song. Love gone wrong. Lots of drama.

8. BLACK GOLD featuring Young Nations (Lyrics)

A song about the tragedy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

9. MASIBUYELENI (Lyrics)

A song for my peers. A call to young Africans to remember where we come from.

10. NGIYANIBONGA BAZALI BAMI featuring Phuz’Ekhemisi (Lyrics)

A song for my beloved parents. Based on iHubo, a traditional Zulu folk song sung by young women during uMemulo, the coming-of-age ceremony, this song is also a celebration of African womanhood!

11. JUST A DANCE (Lyrics)

A feel-good song. For those days when life is just too much to bear. Sometimes you just have to “Forget about your day and dance the night away!”

(BONUS TRACK) DON’T COME KNOCKING (Lyrics)

A song for the brusied heart.

AZANIA

Verse I

It’s the one place where my soul can fly

I don’t have to front,

Or tell anyone why

Your beautiful

Your powerful

We could lead the world

But it took me a while to realize

How incredible how past is,

And where we are now

So beautiful

Your powerful

And you are my home

 

Chorus (w/translation)

Azania (Azania: South Africa)

Uyikhaya lami (You are my home)

Umphefumulo wami (You give me life)

Intliziyo yami (You are my heart)

We mabo

Azania (Azania)

Uwumsuka wami (You are my root)

Uyikusasa lami (You are my tomorrow)

Intliziyo yami (You are my heart)

Iyeyi iyeyi

Azania (Azania)

 

Verse II

Now let me tell you the story of how I found me

I took you for granted,

And wanted to be,

More like them

More beautiful

But we could teach the world

I’d been gone for a while when I start to see

That no other heritage could ever be

More beautiful

More powerful

And you are my own

(back to top)

SILVER TO GOLD

Verse I

Woke up this morning’

With the feelin’

That I could go and change the world

Walked in the sunshine

With my head high

Thinkin’ I was just the luckiest girl

 

Vest I

You turn my Silver to Gold,

You make new from the old

I want the whole world to know,

You turn my Silver to Gold

You turn my Silver to Gold

You are my warmth from the cold

I want the whole world to know,

You turn my Silver to Gold

 

Chorus

That’s why I feel good

You are my sunshine

I can see,

You turn my Silver to Gold

That’s why I feel good

You make me so high

Can’t you see,

You turn my Silver to gold

 

Verse II

All of these years I,

I’ve been prayin’

For someone who would light up my world

Under the moonlight,

Sweet romancin’

In his arms I was the Queen of the World

 

Verse II

You turn my Silver to Gold,

You make new from the old

I want the whole world to know,

You turn my Silver to Gold

You turn my Silver to Gold

You are my warmth from the cold

I want the whole world to know,

You turn my Silver to Gold

 

Bridge

How did I get,

So lucky with you

Can’t imagine me without you

Please don’t ever go away

Please stay

(back to top)

 

JUST A GUY

Verse I

He’s just some Brown Sugar,

Rollin’ by

And baby so what if,

He may have caught my eye

He said “Sexy Lady,

Who ya, talkin’ to?”

I said “Hey well maybe,

I could talk to you”

 

Chorus

But he’s just a guy

Nothin’ special or new

So stop fantasizin’ ‘bout what he’d put on you

A bouquet of roses don’t mean he is for you

So what makes him different

Is his game really true

 

Verse II

I gave him my number

Told him,

“Gimme a call”

He rang that same night and,

My heart did somersaults

He pulled out my chair and,

Held the door for me

Girl, said he’s full of such strength,

Yet oh, ever so sweet

 

Bridge

But what if I am wrong

And what if he means well

So what if I am scared, oh

If I don’t jump now,

Will I always wonder

But they tell me that

(back to top)

WHAT LOVE IS

Chorus

What love is, Oh

What love is, Eh eyi

What love is, hey

What love is

Oh, what love is

 

Verse I

Is it in his eyes

Is it in his smile

Is it in his laugh

Or the way he cries

No it’s in his kiss

Or so I’m told

Maybe it’s in his arms

Where I’m never cold

 

Verse I

Do I feel it in my bones,

When he kisses me

If it’s real how will I know,

That he misses

Will I hear it in his tone

In our passion will I die

Do I wait for him to tell me,

Or should I know inside

 

Verse II

Is it in his words

Or when we dance

Will I feel his love,

In every glance

And them other girls

When they walk on by

Will I know he’s true,

‘Cause he’ll say he’s mine

 

Vest II

WiIl I feel it in my bones,

When he kisses me

If it’s real how will I know,

That he misses me

Will I hear it in his tone

In our passion will I die

Do I wait for him to tell me,

Or should I know inside me

(back to top)

 

KHALA NHLIZIYO YAMI featuring Madala Kunene

Verse I (w/ translation)

Impilo inzima (Life can be hard)

Kwenzeka ongakulindelanga (The unexpected happens)

Ndihamba kwiintaba (I feel like I’m climbing a mountain)

Kwenzeke ebendingakulindelanga (Something unexpected has happened)

Ndiyithini lendaba (What am I going to do)

Kwehle obuhlungo, mama yo (Something tragic has fallen upon me)

Andisakwazi ukuphila mna (I don’t know how to go on living)

Ndixelele ndenze ntoni (Tell me what to do)

 

Chorus

Khala ntliziyo yami (Cry, my heart)

Buya sithandwa sami (Please come back, my love)

Khala ntliziyo yami (Cry, my heart)

Vuka sithandwa sami (Please wake up, my love)

 

Verse II

Noma ingasafani, (Even though life is not the same)

Impilo nasekuqaleni

Khumbula okumnandi (Remember the good times)

Uyakuthanda (She/He loves you)

Sula izinyembezi (Wipe your tears)

Ntombazana ‘suka ukukhala (Girl, don’t cry)

Qhubeka uphile, ntombi (Go on living, my girl)

Unawe njalo (She/He is always with you)

(uMdhali, uMvelinqangi)

 (back to top)

 

MR. BLUE SWEATER

Intro

He is everything,

That I want

They say “seeing’s believing”

Oooh wee

Fantasies flowin’ through my head

He could be wrong for me

I won’t succumb to his charms

 

Verse I

He turns his head

Eyes made for bed

And I am taken

He nods at me

And instantly,

I have given my heart away

How many times have I done this,

Before

And every time I find myself in trouble

 

Chorus

Mr. Blue Sweater

What’s yo name

Mr. Blue Sweater

What’s yo game

Mr. Blue Sweater

He’s everything

Mr. Blue Sweater

Am I ever gonna see you again

 

Verse II

No need to choose

Nothing to lose

For I know he is The One, I

I can’t express

I am possessed

This has happened to me

Will I ever see him again, oh ooh yeah

 

 

Bridge

Will I ever see him again

Don’t wanna be just a friend

I know he wants me

I see it in his gaze

His mouth smiled so sweetly

And I know….

 (back to top)

 

CLOSED ON OPENING NIGHT

Verse I

Just one fight

Turned your back,

You wouldn’t face me all the night

You open up,

Then pull away,

You say the fit ain’t right

You want me, but won’t take me

“I distract you,” “You’re confused”

And now my heart’s payin’ the price

 

Didn’t want to feel this way about you baby

No, it’s not fair

Resisted me,

Then kissed me like I was water,

You a starvin’ man

Your hands would search my body,

Like a jeweler with a precious stone

Explorin’ me like an astronaut,

Encountering territory unknown

 

Vest I

But that’s a wrap, folks

That was the last act, folks

We rehearsed for many months,

Only to close on Opening Night

 

Chorus

Put your costume and your props away

Return your tickets,

Seek another play

Forget your lines,

And buy Backstage today

We rehearsed for many months,

Only to close on Opening Night

 

Verse II

You were right,

In the long run saved me heartache and a mess

But I gave a hundred percent,

And expected nothing less

You know I waited and I waited

Gave you space so you could figure out your feelings

You were such a waste of time

 

Didn’t want to feel this way about you baby

No, it’s not fair

Resisted me,

Then kissed me like I was water,

You a starvin’ man

Your hands would search my body,

Like a jeweler with a precious stone

Explorin’ me like an astronaut,

Encountering territory unknown

 

Verse II

But that’s a wrap, folks

That was the last act, folks

We rehearsed for many months,

Only to close on Opening Night

 (back to top)

 

BLACK GOLD (featuring Young Nations)

Verse I

We are,

Black Gold

In hundreds,

We were sold

We filled,

Every spot

The journey,

We have forgot

Black dough,

Profit made

Where soul was,

Is a grenade

Earth ties,

Disappeared

Identity,

Unclear

 

Until you,

Discover the secrets where you come from

Black Gold

You remove the dust covering your chains

Black Gold

You are scattered like stars across the planet

Sharing one memory

Sharing wounds that scab in vein

Eh iyeyi iyeyi iyeyi hey

 

Chorus (w/ translation)

Nabaya (There they come)

Nabaya (There they come)

Sebefuna ukusithatha kulomhlaba (They want to take us from this land)

Nabaya (There they come)

Nabaya (There they come)

Nabaya (There they come)

Sebefuna ukusithatha ezweni lethu (They want to take us from our land)

Nabaya (There they come)

 

Verse II

We are,

Black Gold

In hundreds,

We were sold

We filled,

Every spot

The journey,

We have forgot

Black dough,

Profit made

Where soul was,

Is a grenade

Earth ties,

Disappeared

Identity,

Unclear

 

Until you,

Uncover the secrets where you come from

Black Gold

You demand to know the truth and find your names

Black Gold

You are scattered like stars across the planet

Sharing one memory

Toiling for others to gain

Eh iyeyi iyeyi iyeyi hey

 

Chorus II (w/ translation)

Nabaya (There they come)

(Niyababona bo) (Do you see them)

Nabaya (There they come)

(Niyababona bo) (Do you see them)

Sebefuna ukusithatha kulomhlaba (They want to take us from this land)

Nabaya (There they come)

(Bhasobha bo) (Watch out)

Nabaya (There they come)

(Baleka bo) (Run)

Nabaya (There they come)

Sebefuna ukusithatha ezweni lethu (They want to take us from our land)

Nabaya (There they come)

 

Siyekele (Leave us alone)

Ikhaya lethu lena (This is our home)

 (back to top)

 

MASIBUYELENI

Chorus

O hum, hayaya

O hum

O hum, hayaya

O hum

 

Verse I (w/translation)

Masibuyeleni, (O Let us go back)

Kwiindlela zomkhulu (To the wisdom of our grandparents)

Noma sekukubi (Even though times are hard)

Sukukhathazeka (Do not be discouraged)

Noma sekumnyama (Even though things look dark)

Nama qhawe wethu, (O And our heroes)

Singawalibali (Let us not forget them)

Singawalibali (No, let us not forget them)

Inkululeko yethu iphuma kubo (For they gave us our freedom)

 

Verse II

Ngiyakhala mina (I am crying inside)

Iyeyi iyeyi

Umangibona umhlaba namhlanje (When I look at what has become of the world today)

Kuthi memeza, eyi (It makes me wanna scream)

Kuthi memeza (Just makes me wanna scream)

Ngiyakhala mina (I am crying inside)

Iyeyi iyeyi

Umangibona umhlaba namhlanje (When I look at what has become of the world today)

Sesidhukile, eyi (We have lost our way)

Silahlekile (We are lost)

(back to top)

NGIYANIBONGA BAZALI BAMI featuring Phuz’Ekhemisi

Chorus (w/ translation)

Ngiyanibonga bazali bami (Thank you, my parents)

(WeBaba noMama) (Father and Mother)

Ningikhulise kanzima (I know it wasn’t easy raising me)

(Ngibonga uthando) (I am thankful for your love)

Kodwa manje ngiyayibona (But now I can see)

Ngiyayibona impumelelo (I can see that I’m gonna make it)

 

Verse I

Bazali bami (My parents)

Noma sengikhulile (Even though now I’m grown)

Ngisanidhinga (I still need you)

Ngibonga uthando lwenu (I am so thankful for your love)

Ngoba lendlela (Because this journey)

Ayi, lendlela yinde (Oh, this journey is long)

Futhi ngisafunda (And I am still learning)

Ngibuye ngiwe (Sometimes I fall)

Nkosi yami (Oh my God)

Kodwa sengikhulile (But now I’m all grown up)

Ningakhululeka (You don’t have to worry)

Sengiyabonga (I am saying thank you)

We bazali bami (My wonderful parents)

 

Verse II

Zihlobo zami (My family and community)

Nonke nangikhulisa (You all helped to raise me)

Siphuma kude (We have come so far)

Ngiziqhenya ngenxa yenu (I can hold my head up high because of you)

(back to top)

JUST DANCE

Verse I

Another rough day at work

My boss is stressin’ me

I can’t be heard

It’s got me stressed out

Gotta let my hair down

I think I need a night on the town

 

I’m callin’ my girls

Find the right dress to flirt

I’m gonna have the time of my life

 

Chorus

All I wanna do is just dance tonight

Dance my blues away

All I wanna do is just dance tonight

Dance my blues away

 

Verse II

My man is trippin’

He stop textin’

I think I need to cut off my phone

I feel the rhythm

It’s in my system

Tonight I don’t think I’m goin’ home

 

Ladies call all your girls

With the music we’ll flirt

DJ your our man tonight

 

Bridge

(Don’t wanna be stressed)

I don’t wanna,

No, I don’t wanna be stressed

(Don’t wanna be stressed)

I don’t wanna,

No, I don’t wanna be stressed

 (back to top)

 

 

DON’T COME KNOCKIN’ (BONUS TRACK)

Verse I

Who said love was what it should be

Not the fairytale you told me

It was hard

I fell hard

The very opposite of love

It was tough

And so painful

And I’ve had enough,

Had enough for a lifetime

 

Chorus

Don’t come knockin’ at my door

Don’t be askin’ me for more

Don’t try hard to win my heart

You won’t get too far

So why even start

You better,

Not come knockin’ at my door

Don’t write love songs for me or,

Try to melt or break the ice

You won’t get too far

So don’t even start, no

 

Verse II

I had faith,

That surpassed reality

Thought I knew,

I allowed my heart to lead

I fell hard

It was hard

The very opposite of trust

It was rough

It was painful

And I’ve had enough,

Had enough for a lifetime

 

Bridge

I’m not askin’ for help or your pity

I just want you to hear me

And I’m not lookin’ for answers,

Do you hear me

I just want you to leave

‘Cause you’ll take more from me than you’ll ever give me

Trust me I know the story

And every time that you hurt me,

You’ll say sorry

I just want you to leave

Leave

 

Bridge II

You betta stop all your knockin’

Why don’t you leave me alone

You betta quit all your knockin’

Go on get gone,

I said No