Since 2014, I have sung mezzo soprano, alto and tenor in the New School Choir, New York, NY, conducted by Grammy award-winning singer Eric Dudley. The 2016 season focused on protest songs from around the world.
This song, Shosholoza, is a traditional Zimbabwean and South African struggle song, originally sung by groups of men from the Ndebele ethnic group that traveled by steam train from their homes in Zimbabwe to work in South Africa's diamond and gold mines. The song expresses the struggle and heartache over the hard work performed in the mines. The word Shosholoza or "chocholoza!" means go forward or make way for the next man, in Ndebele, and is used as a term of encouragement and hope for the workers as a sign of solidarity.