Some years ago, unbeknown to us, a visit by S J Khosa to Londolozi and the connection he felt to nature inspired him to compose a song called ‘Mahlori Ya Londolozi’. Little did we know that this humble gentleman was a prodigious composer who, during his lifetime, wrote and composed over 850 songs. Born in 1936, this “Mozart of Africa” passed away in 2012 causing Dr Reuel Khoza to suggest a collaboration between himself and Londolozi to pay tribute to this great composer, honour his passing and revive his musical artistry.
By collaborating with the Mkhuhlu chorale, we found an opportunity to preserve and promote South Africa’s precious musical heritage. These musical arrangements revere nature, extoll ancient folklore and mystery and are inspired by Africa’s people, scenery, wild animals and ecosystems, all of which can be found within Londolozi, the Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park and neighbouring community villages. The over-arching message of the music is the importance of harmony, humility, humanity, nature and the environment hence the theme song, called Mahlori ya Londolozi, derives its origins from the Nguni word meaning “to conserve”.
The lyrics of this song when translated mean:
I have seen the wonders at a game park, Londolozi
A game park which is also a nature conservation showpiece
Go and see for yourself the great deeds!
The accomplishments of nature conservation
Go and see for yourself: pristine exquisite camps
And nature conservation in abundant diversity
This collaboration has brought together the raw musical talent of the Mkhuhlu Chorale, the knowledge and deep understanding of culture and history of Dr Reuel Khoza, and the composing, arranging and musical production expertise of Mark Cheyne, powerfully backed by the Electric Pops Orchestra.
It has always been a belief that Londolozi should celebrate and promote the arts, culture and heritage of the Shangaan people who originate from this region and it is therefore, with great joy that we now proudly present to you, as our Christmas gift, Mahlori ya Londolozi …….fifteen of SJ Khosa’s finest songs, resonating and inspired from the open plains of Africa – a perfect Christmas gift to keep you connected to us until your next visit.