Do you know what “Shosholoza” meaning?
I’m sure you have heard the phrase “shosholoza” many times in South Africa. But do you actually know what it means?
Shosholoza actually refers to a song which usually sung to express the hardship of working in the mines in South Africa. It expresses heartache over the hard work performed in the mines. The word Shosholoza or “tshotsholoza!” means go forward or make way for the next man, in Ndebele. It is used as a term of encouragement and hope for the workers as a sign of solidarity The sound “sho sho” uses onomatopoeia and reminiscent of the sound made by the steam train (stimela). Stimela is an Nguni word for steam train. “Kulezo ntaba!” means (At those far away mountains), “Stimela Siphume eZimbabwe” (the train come from Zimbabwe), “Wen’ uya baleka” (Because you’re running away/hurrying). In contemporary times, its meaning is to show support for any struggle