I think what South Africa needs is more people like Johnny Clegg.
We need people to be able to embrace their inner Zulu.
The face paint, the insane leg kicks, the language, look how into it Johnny is. He is one with his inner Zulu.
I’m not saying that everyone has to embrace their inner Zulu, or that everyone even has an inner Zulu, but I’m sure that everyone has an inner “insert culture/tribe of choice” they can embrace. And they should. Harmony will reign in the land. There should be clinics. “How to embrace your inner Basotho in 12 easy steps.” “You may not realise how much you actually love sokkie dancing and koeksusters til you embrace your inner Afrikaner.” “Embrace your inner English speaking South African. They have no culture, but they need a hug too.”
I personally think I have an inner Zulu, being brought up in Kwa Zulu Natal and all. I learned very little of the language, but I love it. There are so many expressive words, like
istimela – train
shongololo – millipede – how awesome is this word?
amazambane – potato. I love this word so much.
skabenga – not 100% sure if this is Zuu but I love the word, it just sounds like a dodgy person. I’m guessing it’s a bastardised version of the Zulu word “isigebengu” meaning criminal? Interestingly it seems South Africans have loads of words for “dodgy person”; skollie, skelm, skabenga, (others?). It’s quite fitting cos all my overseas friends call us the dodgy South Africans.
cha – no. I love saying this word. I probably say it incorrectly since I learned it when I was 12, but no one over here knows any better, and no one can say it. The best they can manage is “Na!”
If anyone can add to my list of awesome Zulu words please do, my memory of the language is dim, but I remember there were so many cool descriptive and onomatopoeic words.
Me and my inner Zulu. We’re tight.