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Im Ghetto Von Soweto (Auntie's House)

Joy Denalane
Language: German

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joy-denalane
Das ist Tante Janes Haus
als die ersten Schüsse flogen
komm schnell rein mein Kind und weine nicht,
leg dich auf'n Küchenboden
das ist Orlando-West
im Juni 76
seht die Schulkinder renn', den jungen Peterson
die Polizei erschießt ihn

Soweto
ein Stein der Fliegt, ein Schuss der fällt
ein Auto brennt, ein Kind das rennt
Bilder, die jeder kennt

Soweto
wenn sich der braune Staub bald wieder senkt
bleibt nur der graue Rauch am Himmel hängen

im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto
im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto

Das ist Tante Nancys Haus
sie wollt' Karabos Sachen waschen
er hätte morgens fast die Bahn verpasst
sie zieht seinen Pass aus seiner Jackentasche
'84 in Diepkloof
es war jetzt schon 'ne Woche her
jemand hatte geseh'n wie sie ihn verneh'm
auf der Wache am John-Voster-Square


Soweto
sie hielten an, er hat kein Pass
sie nahm' ihn mit, schlugen ihn im Knast
nur heut' weiß von ihm keiner was
Soweto
wenn sich der rote Staub bald wieder senkt
bleibt nur der graue Rauch am Himmel hängen


im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto
im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto

Es sollt ein Tag der Freude sein
im Haus von Tante Eve
die Tochter hat die Nacht ein Kind gebor'n
nur beide sind verlor'n, sie sind positiv
Das ist Muroka, Pimvolle, Dube
kein Haus ist gefeit
sie bezwangen die Apartheid, dann kam Aids
und bedroht sie in 2002
Soweto
früher war's TBC vom Untertagebau
heut' ist man infiziert mit HIV
ich sprech' von jeder zweiten schwangeren Frau

Soweto
Wenn sich der braune Staub bald wieder senkt
bleibt nur der graue Rauch am Himmel hängen

im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto
im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto
im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto
im Ghetto, Ghetto von Soweto

Hier steht Auntie's Haus...

Für meine Leute, ola Bantwana
ola ma Gents, ola ma Jimbos

Contributed by DonQuijote82 - 2012/8/20 - 14:56



Language: English

Versione inglese

German singer-songwriter Joy Denalane (born to a South African father who’s a cousin of Hugh Masekela) recorded her song ‘Im Ghetto von Soweto’ twice. I prefer the original, less explanatory, German version (a tentative translation of which I’m including below) to the later English adaptation (rewritten for an international audience, I assume — it has some extra lines at pains to explain why, for example, one of the figures in her lyrics was detained). Masekela himself also contributed to the song and features in the above video they shot in Soweto in 2003, mixing it with archival material.
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This is auntie Jane’s house
When the first shots were fired
Come in quickly, my child, and don’t cry
Lie down on the kitchen floor
This is Orlando West
in June 1976
See the school kids run
The boy Pieterson
The police are shooting them

A stone flies, a shoe drops
A car burns, a child runs
Images everyone here knows

When the brown dust settles
What remains is the grey smoke in the air

In the ghetto, ghetto of Soweto

This is auntie Nancy’s house
She wanted to do Karabo’s laundry
He nearly missed the train in the morning
She pulls his pass from his jacket’s pocket
’84 in Diepkloof
It’s already been a week
Did anybody see whether they took him
To prison at John Vorster Square?

They stopped him, he doesn’t have a pass
They took him, and put him in jail
Only now did she find out

When the red dust settles
What remains is the brown smoke in the air

In the ghetto, ghetto of Soweto

It should have been a day of joy
At auntie Eve’s house
The daughter gave birth to a child that night
But both are lost
They are positive
In Moroka, Pimville, Dube…
No house is safe
They battled apartheid but then came Aids
And they fight it in 2002

It used to be TBC from the mines
Today they’re infected with HIV
I’m talking about every second pregnant woman

When the brown dust settles
What remains is the grey smoke in the air

In Soweto

Stands Auntie’s house…

Contributed by DoNQuijote82 - 2012/8/20 - 14:58


(1) Orlando West è uno dei sobborghi della township di Soweto, Johannesburg, Sudafrica. Nel giugno del 1976 fu teatro di violentissimi scontri la polizia e gli studenti neri che protestavano contro il regime segregazionista e l'apartheid. Il 16 giugno la polizia uccise uno studente di 13 anni che partecipava alla protesta. Si chiamava Hector Pieterson e la foto di quel ragazzino, tra le braccia di un compagno, fece il giro del mondo



(2) Altra area della township di Soweto

(3) John Vorster Square è il nome con cui venne chiamata, fino al 1997, la stazione centrale della polizia di Joannesburgh, inaugurata nel 1968 dal primo ministro segregazionista John Vorster. Durante l'apartheid quell'edificio vide il passaggio di moltissimi prigionieri politici, e parecchi di questi vennero uccisi in quelle celle, come Ahmed Timol, Wellington Tshazibane, Elmon Malele, Matthews Mabelane, Ernest Dipale e Neil Aggett. Quest'ultimo, morto nel 1982, era un medico, un attivista anti-apartheid, ed era un bianco...

John Vorster Square, la lapide che ricorda gli assassinati in custodia della polizia. C'è anche il nome di Steven Biko. Non c'è quello di Neil Aggett perchè fu trovato morto impiccato e l'inchiesta non arrivò a dei colpevoli.
John Vorster Square, la lapide che ricorda gli assassinati in custodia della polizia. C'è anche il nome di Steven Biko. Non c'è quello di Neil Aggett perchè fu trovato morto impiccato e l'inchiesta non arrivò a dei colpevoli.


(4) Altri sobborghi di Soweto

(5) 1976-2006. Dalla lotta contro l'Apartheid alla lotta contro l'AIDS e contro lo sfruttamento... Una lotta durata 30 anni, fatta anche di storie che nessuno ha mai raccontato...

B.B. - 2019/6/7 - 22:53



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