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Zahara is an Afrosoul singer from South Africa, she sings in her native tongue Xhosa and English. She plays an Acoustic guiter and writes her own music. She broke a record in SA when her Album Loliwe, a debute album went platnum in 2 weeks. She also won 8 SAMA awards, thus best new comer, best produced album, song of the year and more. This is t...

Xhosa "love letter"/"Iphoco". Usually, Xhosa bead works are recognized by the fact that the motifs are treated in a very symmetrical way and the use of space is less saturated/crowded than Zulu bead work.

A Xhosa woman wearing a necklace, telling us that she is a nursing mother.

Nelson Mandela addresses a crowd in the former Transkei dressed in traditional Xhosa beads. 1994.

Julia's guide Willie Komani describes the Xhosa 'click' language - BBC Four

In South Africa, Mandela is often known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name; or as tata (Xhosa: father). Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. It's amazing people like this man, just one person, that changes our way of looking at others, at the world, and at ourselves. God Bless You, Tata.

Umkhwetha, a Xhosa initiate into manhood..When winter makes its first hint of arrival at the Cape, then Xhosa boys prepare themselves to become men. They prepare to become bakhwetha, initiates who undergo a series of trials in the wilderness of the Eastern Cape (or, in Cape Town, on plots of land that border the N2 highway) - trials that culminate in circumcision.


Africa | A young Nelson Mandela wearing an authentic beaded necklace of the Thembu clan (Xhosa). He posed for this portrait while on the run, when he was known as the Black Pimpernel. Photo taken in the 1960's. The photograph could not be shown and was illegal to posses ~ it was banned ~ up until the ANC was un-banned and Mandela released from Prison in the early 1990's.

South Africa has eleven official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. The country also recognizes several unofficial languages, including Fanagalo, Khoe, Lobedu, Nama, Northern Ndebele, Phuthi, San, and South African Sign Language. Many unofficial languages have their own cultural identity including French, Portuguese, German, and Greek and some South Asian languages, such as Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, and Telugu.