Asimbonanga
Lyrics Johnny Clegg

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[Chorus x2]
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

[Chorus x2]
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

[Chorus x2]
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, Neil Aggett
Asimbonanga Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (We have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died)
[x2]

Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona? (When will we arrive at our destination?)
[x2]

[Chorus x4]
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Song facts

"Asimbonanga" is a song dedicated to Nelson Mandela. It also stands as a statement against apartheid.

"Asimbonanga" (English: "We Have Not Seen Him") is one of Johnny Clegg's most famous songs in South Africa. The song appears on his Third World Child album from 1987.

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