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IZITHAKAZELO OF NGUNI CLANS

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015
  • Samuel Kadyakale
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  • Below are some izithakazelo (Kinship group praises)  for some nguni or ngoni clans collected from the web. As you may notice some are in Zulu, Xhosa and other nguni languages. You can use http://www.isizulu.net to get the meaning of the words. This site has an online zulu dictionary that you may also use to translate the ngoni songs found on this site. Remember that isiZulu, isiNgoni, isiXhosa, siSwati and isindebele are all nguni languages and are therefore mutually intelligible.

    Note: Isithakazelo (plural Izithakazelo)are poems praising important people e.g. ancestors within a Nguni clan. They are the story of a clan. The shortened version is used as a fond greeting of a clan member.

    Zithakazelo zakwaMsimang (now known as Simango in Malawi according to GT Nurse)

    Thabizolo
    Nonkosi
    Mhlehlela
    Nhlokozabafo
    Sdindi Kasiphuki
    Sihlula amadoda
    Mphand`umnkenkenke
    Mlotshwa...

    Zithakazelo zakwa Khumalo

    Mntungwa!
    Mbulaz'omnyama
    Abathi bedla, umuntu bebe bemyenga ngendaba.
    Abadl'izimf'ezimbili Ikhambi laphuma lilinye.
    Lobengula kaMzilikazi, Mzilikazi kaMashobana
    Shobana noGasa kaZikode, Zikode kaMkhatshwa.
    Mabaso owabas'entabeni, Kwadliwa ilanga lishona
    Bantungw'abancwaba!
    Zindlovu ezibantu, Zindlovu ezimacocombela.
    Nina bakwaMawela, Owawel'iZambezi ngezikhali.
    Nina bakaNkomo zavul'inqaba, Zavul'inqaba ngezimpondo kwelaseNgome.
    Nina enal'ukudl'umlenze KwaBulawayo!
    Mantungw'amahle! Bantwana benkosi, Nina bakwaNtokela!
    Ndabezitha!
    Maqhaw'amakhulu

    Izithakazelo zakwa-Dlamini (Nkosi)

    Nkosi
    Dlamini Hlubi
    Ludonga LaMavuso
    Abay`embo bebuyelela
    Sidwaba sikaLuthuli
    Wena esingangcwaba sibuye noMlandakazi
    Abawela lubombo ngekuhlehletela
    Nina baSobhuza uSomhlolo
    Umsazi kaSobhuza
    Mlangeni
    Nina bakwakusa neLanga
    Nina bakwaWawawa
    Lokothwana
    Sibalukhulu
    Nina beNgwane
    Nina besicoco sangenhlana
    Nina beKunene

    ezakwa Khambule

    Mncube!
    Mzilankatha!
    Nina bakwaNkomo zilal'uwaca
    Ezamadojeyana zilal'amankengana
    Mlotshwa!
    Malandel'ilanga
    Mpangazitha!
    Magosolo!
    Nina basebuhlen'obungangcakazi
    Abadl'umbilini wenkomo kungafanele
    Kwakufanel'udliwe ngabalandakazi
    Nina bakaDambuza Mthabathe
    Nina basemaNcubeni
    Enabalekel'uShaka
    Naziphons'emfuleni
    Kwakhuz'abantu banifihla
    Naphenduk'abakwaKhambule
    Nafik'eSwazini
    Naphenduk'uNkambule
    Nina baseSilutshana
    Nin'enakhelana noMbunda
    Nina bakaMaweni

    'Thina bakwa Mhlongo sithi'

    Makhedama!
    Soyengwase!
    Nina bakaBhebhe kaMthendeka
    Nina bakaSoqubele onjengegundane
    Nina baseSiweni
    KwaMpuku yakwaMselemusi
    KwaNogwence webaya
    Zingwazi zempi yakwaNdunu
    Njoman'eyaduk'iminyakanyaka
    Yatholakal'onyakeni wesine
    Yabuye yatholakala ngowesikhombisa
    Langeni
    Owavel'elangeni.
    Ngaphandle ke uma ngingatshelwanga kahle ekhaya.

    Izithakazelo zakwa-Ndlovu.

    Gatsheni!
    Boya benyathi!
    Buyasongwa buyasombuluka.
    Mpongo kaZingelwayo!
    Nina bakwandlovu zidl' ekhaya,
    Ngokweswel' abelusi.
    Nina bakwakhumbula amagwala.
    Nina bakwademazane ntombazana
    Nina bakwasihlangu sihle.
    Mthiyane!
    Ngokuthiy'amadod'emazibukweni.
    Nina bakwaMdubusi!

    Izithakazelo Zakwa-gumede

    Mnguni! Qwabe!
    Mnguni kaYeyeye
    osidlabehlezi
    BakaKhondlo kaPhakathwayo
    Abathi bedla, babeyenga umuntu ngendaba
    Abathi "dluya kubeyethwe."
    Kanti bahlinza imbuzi.
    Bathi umlobokazi ubeyethe kayikhuni
    Sidika lolodaba!
    Phakathwayo!
    Wena kaMalandela
    Ngokulandel' izinkomo zamadoda,
    Amazala-nkosi lana!
    Mpangazitha!

    Izithakazelo zakwaMabaso

    Mntungwa,
    Ndabezitha,
    Mbulazi ,
    wen' odl' umunt' umyenga ngendaba,
    wen' omanz' akhuphuk' intaba

    Zithakazelo zakwaNgwenya

    Ngwenya(South African version)
    Mntimande,
    Bambolunye,
    zingaba mbili,
    zifuze konina,
    ekhabonina,
    mabuya,
    bengasabuyi
    baye babuya
    emangwaneni ,
    nungunde,
    wakhothe,
    bayosala beziloyanisa

    Zithakazelo zakwaZulu

    Zulu kaMalandela;
    Zulu omnyama ondlela zimhlophe.
    Nina baka Phunga no Mageba.
    Ndaba; nina bakaMjokwane kaNdaba.
    Nina benkayishana kaMenzi eyaphunga umlaza ngameva.
    Mnguni, Gumede.
    Ndabezitha

    Izithakazelo zakwa zungu:

    Gwabini,
    manzini,
    geda,
    nyama kayishe eshaya ngamaphephezeli
    ncwane,
    hamashe,
    geda,
    wena owaphuma ngenoni emgodini,
    wena owakithi le emaheyeni,sengwayo

    I have just noted that some people have been trying to search for the meaning of the word ndabezitha used above and in some Zulu films such as Shaka Zulu below.

    Ndabezitha is the one of the praise and respect words used when the Zulus and other Ngunis want to acknowledge loyalty to a Nguni royalty. Just as in English one would say, 'your majesty or his royal majesty or your royal majesty' to their king, in Zulu and other nguni words you use the praise word ndabezitha. The word is a contraction of indaba yezitha literally meaning 'matter of the enemies'



    27 Responses to “IZITHAKAZELO OF NGUNI CLANS”

    Anonymous said...
    September 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    izithakazelo zakwaMSANI


    maXABA said...
    February 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    hello i am so happy that you doing this as many of our families do not teach us izithakazelo and its so embarasing not to know them because they are rich of our people's history they tell a story and make me so proud....i am from the XABA clan and i would like to have the izitakaezelo for this clan...please help


    Nhlanhla makhanya said...
    February 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Hello thats good what u are doing, may you please do a research on Makhanya clan and izithakazelo zabo .The reason for this is that many young ones could not be able to explain the difference between Gumede and Makhanya. Thanx in advance N. makhanya


    nqoeh said...
    March 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    i am mabaso and proud to use my clan praise... i am mtungwa


    philisiwe said...
    April 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    MAY YOU PLEASE DO A RESEARCH ABOUT IZITHAKAZELO ZAKWA DLAMUKA AND THEIR ORIGINALLITY,I AM CONFUSE WE ARE RELATED WITH GUMEDE BECAUSE OF THIS MNGUNI KAYEYE WE SHARED.


    Mondle said...
    April 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Mnum Kadyakale

    Than for the good work you are doing. I am just not happy about the explaination of NDABEZITHA and wish to correct it. I am also a Nguni a member of the Zulu Nation and from Emambatheni clan. Ndabezitha is originally an Emambatheni isithakazelo (praisename) it is taken from our ancestors. It is a fusion of two names Zitha (Mpangazitha) and Ndaba of Emambatheni. We do not actually use the whole name Mpangazitha as our Mpangazitha went and became a regent of the Ntombela clan. So we use the last part Zitha in order not to confuse with Mpangazitha of the Hlubi clan and Mpangazitha used by the Ntombela clan. So we say Ndaba+ (Mpanga) Zitha= NDABEZITHA. This praisename was borrowed from AMAMBATHA by Jama of Ndaba of Phunga (born by Mageba for Phunga) of Zulu.
    Now in Zululand is used as a praise name meaning "the one who enemies always talk about", but at Emambatheni it is the fusion of our ancestors names.:. Ndaba of Sontshikazi of Mpangazitha of Mageba.

    Thank you.


    SIBONELO MAVIMBELA said...
    April 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    SICELA EZAKWA MAVIMBELA BAKITHI FROM SIBONELO .MY E-MAIL:SIBONELOMAVIMBELA@GMAIL.COM


    Njabulo Phewa said...
    May 1, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Thanks my brother for this buetiful work,can you please tell me about the "PHEWA" surname and izithakazelo zakhona and please forwad them to this email. onenjabulo@webmail.co.za ngothokoza if isicelo sami samukelekile


    Phindi said...
    May 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Please help with izithakelo zakwa Sishange.


    Anonymous said...
    June 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    please help with isithakazelo sakwa Madudula


    Anonymous said...
    July 9, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Dat explains dat we might all be related bcoz if u can c,Mabanga,Zulu and Gumede also has Mnguni Yeyeye on their clan names as well as Mpangazitha is widely used.


    Anonymous said...
    July 14, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I NEED EZAKWA THANGO PLS EMAIL ME THEM SLONDIT@HOTMAIL.COM PLS


    Anonymous said...
    July 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I'm concerned about the DLAMINI clan, they divided into three, i.e Dlamini(Nkosi), Dlamini(Mzizi), and Dlamini(Sibalukhulu). Could you please try and find all of them . Yes they are some how related because they are from the same family,they all connect somehow.


    Anonymous said...
    August 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    it really touches my heart to c ukuthi there are people abazi izithakazelo in this new generation. kuhle kahulu lokho. NGISACALE NINGISIZE NGEZITHAKAZELO ZAKWA QWABE NEZAKWAJOKAZI NGIYACELA BANDLA


    Anonymous said...
    September 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Can u plz get for me izithakazelo zakwa Shange toe.


    Anonymous said...
    November 1, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    "Ndabezitha?"!!! No no bhuti, not all the Nguni nations use that word to honor their King. For example I am a Nguni, a Xhosa; in our language we use many different words to honor and recognise our Kings. The words such as AHH!! Zanomhlola, AHH!! Maxhobayakhaw'leza, AHH!! Thole leduna, AHH! Ngwe'enamabala and so on....etc. I do recognise the similarities and the relation of the Xhosa and Zulu as having the same ancestry, but you didn't write any of the Xhosa (izithakazelo) here. Can you do me that favour and give me (izithakazelo) zakwa Cirha and krila please. Camagu!!


    Thembelani Masikane said...
    November 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Hey Samuel Kadyakale, I just want to say keep up the good work, I'm sending love from South Africa! It's great to learn more about my brothers and sisters in other African countries.


    Anonymous said...
    December 4, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    I need to know izithakazelo zakwa Mawelela


    Anonymous said...
    April 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Hie can you plz find Sibanda and Mpofu tortems,According to Ndebele kaMthwakazi


    Mondle said...
    May 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    For more on Izithakazelo zabeNguni visit http://sizabantu.wordpress.com/ then go to the search box and search for the desired surname.


    Anonymous said...
    June 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Hie please where do abantu bako ndebele come from and izithakazelo zabo zithini


    Anonymous said...
    June 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Please help with izithakazelo zakwa Mlungwana


    Anonymous said...
    August 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Ay mina I'm lost angazi ukuth aba Mbentse abaka bani,plz help


    Anonymous said...
    September 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    KHONZI>
    Pls Help me i need more,izithakazelo zakwa Dlamuka


    Anonymous said...
    October 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    hello please ezaka xhakaza


    Anonymous said...
    February 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    hello pls find me ezakwa-Dlamuka pls


    Anonymous said...
    May 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Help me find the Mpofu tortems from the Ndebele kaMzilikazi, here is my email, mpofu007@yahoo.com


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