Talk:Siyahamba (Andries van Tonder)

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Is this song correctly assigned as 'anonymous'? Does anyone know if there was a traditional Zulu song with this same melody and text before the arrangement (composition?) by Andries van Tonder? Thanks. -- CarlosTalk 02:15, 6 May 2008 (PDT)

Hi Carlos, research reveals many different answers as to the traditional nature of Siyahamba. I like the explanation here
but maybe Alfred Music Publishing can provide more info if required.
(PS I removed the link to my recording of Siyahamba because the toptempo site seems to have disappeared)
(PPS I couldn't find a way to add this comment on the Siyahamba discussion page itself, so I put it here - hope that's OK?)
Kind regards
David dwsolo 00:45, 25 February 2012 (CST)
Hi David, I've been trying to find an authoritative answer to the origin/authorship of this music, but without success. If it was indeed composed by Van Tonder in 1950, it would still be under copyright, so I guess some people may prefer to believe that it's "traditional", and consequently in the PD. —Carlos Email.gif 16:49, 26 February 2012 (CST)
Hi everybody. photos of the original hand written composition can be seen at
This show the date it was first performed as 27 January 1952. The document was found in a Bible belonging to Andries' son. Joevantonder 19:21, 27 February 2012 (CST)