Songs for mama

2011-05-06 13:04

» Mama – Miriam Makeba and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse: Probably the most beautiful ballad any son can play for his mother.

The song is a conversation between Makeba and Mabuse as mother and son with the most heartfelt and sincere lyrics.

From his opening words: ­“Mama, do you know how much I love you, do you know how much I care for you ...” To which she responds: “Yes my child, I love you just as much, care as much as you care for me.” A gem.

» MmeMotswadi – Judith Sephuma:
While real classics are hard to come by these days, Sephuma’s impassioned declaration of gratitude and love to her ­mother on her 2005 New Beginnings ­album is sure to be a Mother’s Day ­anthem for years to come.

Sung in ­Sepedi, her home language, it will leave you warm and fuzzy.

» A Song for Mama – Boyz?II?Men:
The foursome from Philadelphia delivered the most memorable song for mothers to come out of the 90s. The track is an affirmation of the important role a mother plays in a man’s life; that she will always be the girl in his life, married or not.

» Sadie – R Kelly: Originally performed by The Spinners, it’s an ode to a mother who has passed away.

In his version, ­Kelly declares: “This song goes out to my mother, the one I loved and the one I lost.”

This one should be played by those who will celebrate the memory of their late mothers today.

» Dear Mama – 2Pac:
Every hip-hop fan’s anthem on Mother’s Day.

Not every one has a rosy relationship with their mother from the get-go and Tupac’s song is a letter of apology to his mother for his bad behaviour and his appreciation for the hard work she put in – given the circumstances that she was a junkie – but could manage to put a peanut-butter sandwich on the table for her child.

» Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers: Grandmothers often step up to the plate as mothers.

The back-breaking task of raising a child is often left in her wrinkled hands as a mother goes in search of a better life or is deceased.

And here, Withers pays tribute to the hands that raised him.

» Mama – Spice Girls:
This sweet ­unforgettable track from a forgettable bubblegum five-some has outlived their appeal.

Its simple melody and lyrics have made the lives of tweenies easier on Mother’s Day as they have something easy to sing.

» Mamayo – Mdu Masilela: The gravel-voiced pantsula from Zola proves that rough and tumble kwaitoheads also have a special place for mothers with a song written especially for Mother’s Day on his 1999 Ipompe album.

It might sound like a rip-off of 2Pac’s Dear ­Mama, but one can sense the raw kasie ­appeal in its delivery.

» Thank You Mama – Miriam Makeba and Leleti Khumalo: From the stage to the film to CD, this duet remains one of the most poignant and emotional songs in Sarafina!

The unbreakable bond ­between mother and daughter when daughter realises that mom has sacrificed her dreams for her child.

» Hey Mama – Kanye West: Hip-hop’s most famous momma’s boy penned this one for his mother before she passed away and proves that behind the facade of the hard-core rap badass is a softy who longs for a tender hug from mommy.


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