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#RETRO: Classic African Song : Zangalewa


Zangalewa is a Cameroonian song. It is sometimes called Zamina undermined by the first words.

It is part of the repertoire of soldiers, but also groups of young and Scout , throughout Africa. Its rhythm is catchy and it can serve as song march.

A 1986 hit song, originally sung by a makossa group from Cameroon originally named Golden Sounds, popular in Africa for their use of dance and costumes.

Due to the song’s popularity, the group renamed to Zangaléwa during its mainstream success. Zangaléwa pays tribute to African skirmishers (a.k.a. tirailleurs) during World War II. Most of the band members were in the Cameroonian Army themselves, and utilised the song in fund-raising efforts for Comic Relief.

A hit in Zimbabwe in the 90’s do you still remember?

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