STRENGTH

This Album is a collection of eleven tracks including a heartfelt interlude [Webakithi], produced by Nathi. "We all the same" is the first single release from the album, available on all digital platforms worldwide!.....Through his lyrics Nathi reminds us that everybody is the same regardless of who and where you are, he reminds us that mankind is resilient, we adopt to different environments and conditions and we strive to succeed and live on. "We All The Same" is written in an effort to affirm and promote not only tolerance and forgiveness among racial groups, but also love peace and unity within our cultural diversities, as well as within all religions and spiritual movements around the world. 
 
"It's always been Gcabashe's passion to use music and art to raise awareness of human strife. "We are all the same.

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1. We All the Same


From the mountains
Spreading all across 
The African continent 
To the rivers, running through the Nile
All the way to the South

Seyibuyil'i Africa ( The world is uniting, It's a new day )
And I know that coz, everybody seems to realize that.
We are all Africans, yes!
Cradle of Humankind
We all the same

If you come from Ghana
If you come from Zambia
If you come from Mali
We all the same

If you come from Guinea
If you come from Senegal
If you come from Malawi 
We all the same

Chorus

Ayeh ayeh yehh
Ayeh ayeh yehh Africa
Ayeh ayeh yehh
We all the same  x2

Verse 2

Never mind the color of you skin
It's actually a privilege, not an excuse to be  judgmental yeah
Kudala thina besicwasa (Its been a long time since segregation and division )
Besibiza lokhu nalokhu ( Calling us
all sorts of degrading names )
But we refused to go down

My duty is not to discriminate
But more to conscientise 
Reminding you that yes, all the same

Like it is in Ghana
It's the same in Europe 
It's the same in Asia
We all the same 

If you go to the US
It's the same people in Trenchtown
It's the in Soweto
We all the same
KwelikaMjokane Kandaba ( On this planet)

Chorus 2

Ayeh ayeh yehh
Ayeh ayeh yehh Africa
Ayeh ayeh yehh
We all the same  x2

Chant 1

Ayeh yeh yeh ayeh America
Ayeh yeh yeh  Asia
Ayeh yeh yeh  Australia

Ayeh yeh yeh Europe
Ayeh yeh yeh Antarctica
Ayah yeh yeh India x2

Chants 2

Uyelele baleka (Come Back )
Yelele baleka  (Come Back)
Wesiduka mthwalo beyelekha webabe ( Wake up and regroup you still have a shot at it )

-End 


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals by : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic and Electric Guitars -  Gerardo Manrique 
Keyboards -  Israel Martinez 
Drums   - Jessie Caraballo
Horns    - Don Black, Jorge Quintana, Dean Dukes
Percussions  - Steady Joseph
Bass   -  Rohan Reid


 

 

2.uNomalanga

Unomalanga is the name of a young women who leaves home at an early age in search of greener pastures in a foreign distant land, having disappeared for decades she suddenly re-appears coming back home. Approaching from a distant windy African desert she returns home with a suitcase on top of her head, a baby on her back and holding her other child with her right hand. The family welcomes her home with love and there is a sense of relief, and then the celebrations begin!

 

[Compare it to the Prodigal Son from the Bible]

Verse 1

Nanguyeza , nanguyeza
UNomalanga 
Usebuyile, usebuyile
UNomalanga 

Nanguyeza nanguyeza
UNomalanga 
Usekhulile, usebuyile
Ebuyel 'ekhaya

Hmm nanguyeza 
Nangefika, nangengena
Muvuleleni

Chorus

Kuphelil'ukuduka nezizwe
Usekhulil'iminyak'ihambile
Kudala membuza
Beth'uzobuyanin'ekhaya
Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya
Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya 

Verse 2

Nanguyeza, nanguyeza 
Vulan'amasang'angene
Usekhuyile, usebuyile
Beyel'khaya iwe babe
Awu yelele maye

Hmm nanguyeza ,nang'efika
Vulan'amasang'angenekhaya

Chorus 2

Kuphelil'ukuduka nezizwe
Usekhulil'iminyak'ihambile
Kudala membuza
Beth'uzobuyanin'ekhaya
Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya
Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya 

Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya 
Buyela, Buyel'ekhaya  X2

Buyela  Buyel'ekhaya sizwe
Ukuth'uphumaphi, uvelaphi
Wahamb'ijuba likaNowa

Woza woza ngena ngenekhaya oh
Woza Woza Buyel'ekhaya 

-End 


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by: Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals by : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars  - Gerardo Manrique 
Piano - Israel Martinez

Bells- Nathi Gcabashe
Drums - Jessie Caraballo
Percussions  - Steady Joseph
Bass -  Bakithi Kumalo

 

 


3. Impossible


Chorus

Simbonil'eshona le nale
Etshela lo nalo
Indaba zethu zothando
Samxolel'ehambekhuluma ngathi
Etshel'ant'ukuthi mina mawe
We are so impossible x2

Verse 1

Uqale wangibuz'ukuthi mina
Ngizizwa kanjani ngawe
Lokho kwangihlanyisa

Manj'ubhiz'uhambetshelabant'ukuthi thina
Sizenza ngcono hmm, uyakbhumbul'ukuthi
Siyeza sambona le, ehamb'etshelalo nalona

Chorus 2

Simbonil'eshona le nale
Etshela lo nalo
Indaba zethu zothando
Samxolel'ehambekhuluma ngathi
Etshel'ant'ukuthi mina mawe
We are so impossible x2

Verse 2

Nangephum'engena kwamakhelwane 
And very soon
Uzombon'estobhini kwamaQhoboza 
Eshona leh nalenah
Tshela loh nalonah

Indaba zethu
Why why why
Uhlupha mina nesthandwa sami
Coz everyday she's doing this
Do you remember girl

Chorus 3

Simbonil'eshona le nale
Etshela lo nalo
Indaba zethu zothando
Samxolel'ehambekhuluma ngathi
Etshel'ant'ukuthi mina mawe
We are so impossible x2

Repeat chorus and adlips

-End


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background vocals by : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Gerardo Manrique 
Keyboards  : Derrick Harvin
Percussions : Steady Joseph
Bass : Rohan Reid
Drums : Joseph "Jojo" Kuo
Horns : Don Black,
Jorge Quintana , Dean Dukes

 


4. The Mermaid ( uNomkhubulwane )

A young men living in the rural villages in South Africa, out and about herding livestock and taking time out, he decides to go fishing along the river bank ,and unsuspectingly a Mermaid emerges and sit on a rock right not too far from him. Out of shock, fear and uncertainty he screams and shouts …..Malume (Uncle) ,Malume (Uncle) !  Please help me......!

Verse 1

Wamemeza
Wamemez'umshana wami
Wamemeza 
Eshongengil'phansi komfula  webabe
Wababaza wathi ngenzeni mina kababa
Wathi Malume, malume
Malume, malume

Ngilekeleleni
Wamemeza 
Wamemez'umshana wami
Wamemeza
Eshongengil'osebeni lomfula we babe
Wababaza  wathi ngenzeni mina kababa.


Wathi Malume, Malume 
Malume, Malume 
Malume ! Malume !
Ngilekelele

Chorus

Isimanga sentomb'emhlophe
Ejik'ibeyinhlanzi yamanzi
Emini kaBha
Libale likhiph'umkhov'etsheni

Kudala beyibika
Beth'iyaziqheny'qhosha 
Ngeqholo , Malume
Malume Malume Malume 

Verse 2

Wamemeza wamemez'umshana wami
Wamememza 
Wathi bantubakithi ngamuka nomful'omagwingcingwingci
Wababaza, wathi ngenzeni mina kababa
Wathi Malume Malume Malume 

UNomkhubulwane 

Wamemeza wamemez'umshana wami
Wamememza
Wathi bantubakithi ngamuka nomful'omazombezombe
Wababaza, wathi ngenzeni mina kababa
Wathi Malume Malume malume 
Malume Malume Malume Malume
Ngilekeleleni Webakithi 

Chorus 2

Isimanga sentomb'emhlophe
Ejik'ibeyinhlanz'yamanzi
Emini kabha
Libalele likhiph'umkhov'etsheni

Kudala beyibika
Beth'iyaziqheny'qhosha 
Ngeqholo  Malume
Malume Malume Malume xxx

-End 


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background vocals by : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Rohan Reid
Keyboards : Derrick Harvin
Percussion : Steady Joseph
Bass : Rohan Reid 
Drums : Jessie Caraballo

 

 

 

5. Childhood

This classic poem by Nompumelelo Shabangu is inspired by a state of Bliss and Tranquality, a reflection back to a unique childhood experience of most "Young African Children" growing up surrounded by the legendary Great Plains, beautiful Rivers Valleys of Africa and all the comes with it. [ Be Thankful and Grateful ]



Verse 1

We were children of the soil
Hiding behind fruit trees and dancing with the wind
We never new no boundaries 
We were just children of the dust
Spreading our souls over the hills and valleys

I was just a child 
Always looking within the mirror
Only to find the true reflection looking back at me
I was only a child with free will
And curiosity peering over 
Barricades we were water Lillie's 
Riding and flowing
Into our own rhythm 

We watched starry black skies
In the clean air of the country life
Was just lived for that moment 
The life of the Masai is what I long for most

Chorus

Sabantwana
Sabantwana bomhlaba thina
Inhliziyo zethu zigcwel'uthando thina
Siyimpumelelo thina X2

Verse 2

To all my friends 
Wherever you are
Life has joined us in funny coincidences
Your love is still
Inside my heart
Even though you are not here

You're different and
You're still my friend 
I still feel the soft whispers of the branches 
Inside the calabash 

We watched starry black skies
In the clean air of the country life
Was just lived for that moment 
The life of the Masai is what I long for most

Chorus 2

Sabantwana
Sabantwana bomhlaba thina
Inhliziyo zethu zigcwel'uthando thina
Siyimpumelelo thina X 4

Tanzania, Zambia, Ethopia, Somalia
Ghana, South Africa, Africa 

We are children of the world
With so much love
And so much joy
Dancing in the wind

Your love is still inside my heart
Through the good and bad times
The hard and the tough times
Ohhhh 'coz God is able

Umungakholwa
Shonaphans'uguqe ngamadol'uthandaze
Because God is able
Oh yeah we're still are the children of the world

-End


Publisher : TunoMusic 
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lyrics by Nompumelelo Shabangu,Music by Ayanda Nhlangothi and Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals by :Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic and Electric Guitars : Gerardo Manrique 
Acoustic Guitars  : Rohan Reid
Electric Guitars : Bheki Khoza
Keyboards : Derrick Harvin and Israel Martinez 
Percussions : Steady Joseph
Horns : Don Black, Jorge Quintana , Dean Dukes
Drums : Jessie Caraballo
Bass : Bakithi Kumalo

 

 

 

6. Conquer the World

Verse 1

Feel like I'm standing at the top of the mountain
Taller that Everest 
Feel like I'm gonna fly
Fly all over the universe

Feel like I'm gonna Conquer 
Conquer the world
But all I gotta do is reach out
And fallow my destiny

Oh yes I'm gonna Conquer
First conquer myself
And then I'm gonna master
First master my mind
And then I'm gonna strive
To be the best that I can be

Chorus 1

Oh oh oh Hela
Oh oh oh Wema
Oh oh oh Hela
Oh oh oh Wema

Verse 2

I'm gonna win
Cos this is my time
All I gotta do is reach out
And follow my destiny

Oh yes I'm gonna conquer
First conquer myself
Then I'm gonna master
Just muster my mind
And then I'm gonna strive
To be the best that I can be

Chorus 2

Oh oh oh Hela
Oh oh oh Wema
Oh oh oh Hela
Oh oh oh Wema

Chant

Impumelelo sthadwa ngeyethu
Umdali usphile yona
Impumelelo sthandwa ngeyethu
Nguye osphile yona xxxxx

-End


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by :Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals by : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Gerardo Manrique 
Piano : Israel Martinez
Keyboard : Shaun Fisher 
Pizzicatos : Nathi Gcabashe
Horns  : Don Black, Dean Dukes, Jorge Quintana
Drums : Jessie Caraballo 
Bass : Bakithi Kumalo
Percussions : Steady Joseph

 

 


7. Webakithi (Interlude) 
 

 

 


 

8. Oxamu : Tribute to Miriam Makeba and Busi Mhlongo (Ft Thembisile Ntaka and Khaya Mahlangu)

Nathi re- arranges this track and gives it the classic South African 1,4,5 groove. Paying tribute to the late Miriam Makeba and Busi Mhlongo for their tireless efforts in pioneering and showcasing African music to the World Stage and paving a way for the future generations of African Arts and Crafts. We Honor and Salute them as well as many of our unsung heroes.

Verse 1

Baxabana oxamu bexabana ngengxoxo
Bexakwa yingxubaxaka x2

Chorus

Hawuke legqhi iqheya
Leqhingeqhingeni beliqhatha 
Liqhatha ngeqhotho leqhude x2

Verse 2

Baxabana oxamu bexabana ngengxoxo
Bexakwa yingxubaxaka x2

Chorus 

Hawuke legqhi iqheya
Leqhingeqhingeni beliqhatha 
Liqhatha ngeqhotho leqhude x4

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh uyelele mamah

Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh
Oh uyelele mama x2

Homu homu homu homu
Homu homu homu homu
Hha webabe uyelele xxxxx

Solo

-End


Publisher : MELT2000 Publishing
Produced and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals : Nathi Gcabashe and Thembisile Ntaka
Acoustic and Electric Guitars :  Mongezi Ntaka
Keyboards : Derrick Harvin 
Percussions : Steady Joseph
Drums : Joseph "JoJo"  Kuo 
Bass : Bakithi Khumalo
Accordion :  Mboneni  Magqins'empandla kangalonde Zimba
Horns : Khaya Mahlangu ,Don Black, Dean Dukes, Jorge Quintana 

 

 

 

 

9. Emzansi Africa (South Africa ) ft Khaya Mahlangu 

Nathi pays tribute and celebrates his home country South Africa featuring Khaya Mahlangu, Emzansi Africa has the classic South African Mbhaqanga groove, a unique Khwela style guitars and sealing it are those liberating horns lines that will have you getting down in Celebration of the free South Africa.

Chorus 1

Mas'buyele kwelakithi
Wemah
Mas'buyele kwelakithi 
Wema Wemah
Emzansi Africa 

Verse 1

Mina ngiwuhambile umhlaba wonke
Ngiphuma ngingen'emazweni
Kodw'emzansi africa wema
Kulangiphumakhona

Ngizaleleh e-Clermont Township
Kodwa ngakhulel'eGoli kwanyam'ay'pheli
Bathi kuphel'amaziny'endoda

Horns......

Verse 2

Singabantu benjabulo
Singabantu bentokozo
Siyazwana iyeyiwe
Mas'buyele kwlakithi wama

Abantu benjabulo 
Songabantu bentokozo
Wozemzansi Africa 
Kwandonga ziyaduma uyele babe

Chorus 2

Mas'buyele kwelakithi
Wema Wema
Mas'buyele kwelakithi

Solo 

-End


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Rohan Reid
Keyboards : Noel Blair
Electric Guitars  : Mongezi Ntaka
Electric Guitars   : Bheki Khoza
Drums : Jessie Caraballo
Bass : Bakithi Kumalo
Percussions : Steady Joseph
Horns : Khaya Mahlangu, Don Black,Dean Dukes, Jorge Quintana
Additional Background by : Thembisile Ntaka

 

 

 

10. Isiwula ( Naughty boy )

A very naughty young men indeed, first he sees the Mermaid and it eventually dives back into the deep of the local river in the villages of Kwamhlathuze. The boy hangs around still and kept fishing, with no activity going on with his bait he starts being very naughty and silly, throwing small river stones at people  not only scaring everybody passing by but could actually seriously injure them. After every throw he hides in the bushes with very tall grass so nobody sees him. This goes on for days and the whole village starts talking about it. 

Chant 1

Hhiiii hhiii x2

Verse 1

Hhyeyi wena siwula
Kutheni nah ujijihel'abantu ngaphesheya komfula man'
Ubashaya ngamatshe

Hheyi wena silima
Kuthenina ujijihel'abantu ngaphesheya koThukela 
Ubashaya ngamatshe

Hheyi wena guluva
Kuyhenina sekukhal'umayemaye ngalena
Ngaphesheya koThukela
Baphel'abantu

Hey wena  sduphunga
Kuthenina sekukhal'ubumayemaye
Ngaphesheya kwenciba

Hhiiii hhiiii
Sash'isililo
Hhiiii hhiiii 
Sisho leh ngaphans'emaweni x2

Verse 2

Hheyi  I wena guluva
Kuthenina ujikel'emawen'ucuthel'abantu
Uzobashay'ingozi

Hheyi wena S'duphunga
Kuthenina sekukhal'ubumayemaye  ngalenah 
Baphel'abantu saphel'isizwe

Ukhanda limtshel'okwakhe
Akezwa akezwa x2

Chant 2

Hhiiii hhiiii
Sash'isililo
Hhiiii hhiiii 
Sisho leh ngaphans'emaweni x2

Verse 1

Hheyi wena guluva
Kuthenina sekukhal'ubumayemaye 
Ngaphesheya kweNciba
Baphelabantu saphel'isizwe 

Hheyi wena sduphunga mani
Kuthenina sekukhal'ubumayemaye ngalenah 
Baphelabantu saphel'isizwe 

Saphel'isizwe ukhandalimtshel'okwakhe
Akezwa akezwa x2


Chant 2

Hhiiii hhiiii
Sash'isililo
Hhiiii hhiiii 
Sisho leh ngaphans'emaweni xxxxx

-End


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by : Nathi Gcabashe
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Rohan Reid
Acoustic Guitars : Gerardo Manrique
Keyboard : Derrick Harvin
Percussions : Steady Joseph
Drums : Jessie Caraballo
Bass : Bakithi Kumalo
Horns : Don Black, Dean Dukes, Jorge Quintana 
Electric Guitars : Mongezi Ntaka

 

 

 

 

11. Utshwala  (The Booze )

Heyiyo ehhhi
Awu yeyiyo ehhhi
Yeyiyo ehhhi
Awu yeyiyo ehhhi

Chorus 1

Awuthel'utshwala ziphuz'insizwa
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalaleskhotheni 
Awuthel'utshwala ziphuzinsizwa 
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalal'eskhotheni x2

Verse1

Awuthel'utshwala ziphuz'insizwa
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalaleskhotheni 
Awuthel'utshwala ziphuzinsizwa 
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalal'eskhotheni 

Ubogawul'ubheke bo
Utshwala lobu
Budala kunathi sonke laph'ezweni

Ubogawul'ubheke bo
Utshwala lobu
Budala kunathi sonke laph'ezweni

Chorus 2

Awuthel'utshwala ziphuz'insizwa
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalaleskhotheni 
Awuthel'utshwala ziphuzinsizwa 
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalal'eskhotheni x2

Verse 2

Hawuthel'utshwala lobu
Sihlisa'amahloni
Wemfweth'awuthel'tshwala lobu
Sekhiphe nal'uvalo

Everybody come closer
Especially amantombazane 
Masesifik'ekanjena
Sekufikamabhubesi

Sithiqhuwasha 
Wensizwa vul'indlela
Awuyek'kuba umamgobhozi
Thel'amankwebev'am'hlophe

Awuthel'utshwala lobu
Sikhiphamahloni

Wemfwethu awuthel'utshwala lobu 
S'khiphe nal'uvalo

Everybody come closer
Especially amantombazane
Hawuyek'ukuba uMamgozi
Thel'amankwebevu amhlophe

Chorus 

Awuthel'utshwala ziphuz'insizwa
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalaleskhotheni 
Awuthel'utshwala ziphuzinsizwa 
Wemalal'eskhotheni
Wemalal'eskhotheni x2

-End


Publisher : Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Production 
Produced by : Joseph "JoJo" Kuo
Written and arranged by : Nathi Gcabashe
Lead and Background Vocals : Nathi Gcabashe
Acoustic Guitars : Mongezi Ntaka 
Accordion : Mboneni- Magqins'empandla kangalonde Zimba. 
Drums :
Joseph "JoJo" Kuo
Horns : Charlie DeChant
Percussion : Steady Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Album

Publisher: Goin' Native Publishing & Nathi-G-Productions
Produced by: Nathi Gcabashe

Written and Arranged By: Nathi Gcabashe

Co-Producer: Shaun Fisher

Utshwala- Produced by Joseph 'JoJo' Kuo

Engineered By: Shaun Fisher

Recorded at Digital Cupboard Studio - South Africa

 

Mixed and Mastered at The Mix Labs by: Robert Wawoe

Recorded at Goin’ Native Records

Executive Producer: Glen Barclay
 

© 2020 by NATHI GCABASHE.