Sinje is a traditional South African folk song sung in Zulu and Xosa (closely related
languages). During the years of Apartheid it became popular amongst mothers and
daughters who had lost their sons, brothers, fathers and/or husbands.
Although this piece is a traditional folk tune, it is traditionally improvised upon when
performed. Thus the harmony parts, structure and details of the melody will
commonly vary between different performers.
Sinje nje nje nge mi than da zo Things are as they are because of prayer
Ooh mama bagu da la babe than da za Our mothers/ancestors used to pray