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Asimbonanga
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by J. Clegg, sung by Joan Baez on her CD "Recently"

Chorus: A si m'bonanga
A si m'bonanga u Mandela thina
Lapha ekhona
Lapha ehleli khona

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the buning water

Chorus

A seagull wings across the sea
Borken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

Chorus

Steven Biko
A si m'bonanga
A si m'bonanga umfowethu thina
Lapha ekhona
La wa fela khona

Vicoria Mxenge
A si m'bonanga
A si m'bonanga u tate wetha thina
Lapha ekhona
La wa fela khona

Neil Aggett
A si m'bonanga
A si m'bonanga umfowethu thina
Lapha ekhona
La wa fela khona

Hawu ngithi heyiwena
Heyi wena
Heyi wena hawe
Si you fika nini
La siya knona
La siya knona

Translation

Chorus: We haven't seen
We haven't seen Mandela
Where he is
Where he is sitting (confined)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the buning water

Chorus

A seagull wings across the sea
Borken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

Chorus

Steven Biko
We haven't seen
We haven't seen our brother
Where he is
Where he died

Victoria Mxenge
We haven't seen
We haven't seen our sister
Where she is
Where she died

Neil Aggett
We haven't seen
We haven't seen our brother
Where he is
Where he died

I say to you
Hey you
Hey you and you
Where are we going to reach our goal/destiny
Where are we going
Where are we going

(When will we attain our freedom...)

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