Episode 17 – Water is Life
Zimbabwean Outback Melodies are a lady’s choir group based in Alice Springs. This song is about water being life. It describes the water that we share, the well where they get their water in Africa, and the water that is here in Alice Springs/Mparntwe, put together with an old celebration song called “Shosholoza”, originally sung by men from the Ndebele, signifying working together for a common cause.
“Water is essential, it is a need. No one can do without water. It unifies people. People in our culture go to the well and that is where people meet and talk and share stories…It is a source of being in touch with each other and having that time, especially women…while doing something that is essential.” Flora Mpofu, Zimbabwean Outback Melodies.