Kids' Commute Young Voices: Pigogo

Mar 19, 2015

Join us this week for Young Voices on the Kids' Commute! Pictured: The Young People's Chorus of New York City.

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 


Today, we’ll hear a beautiful song performed by the Agape Children’s Choir. The word “Agape” means “unconditional love.” The kids in the choir have an amazing life story, told in a movie called, “We Are Together.” They all come from the same orphanage in South Africa, and their music helps them to raise money for their home, as well as to help other children in need. You can read more about the choir HERE.

The song today is,  the traditional Zulu song, “Pigogo,” or, “The Peacock Song.”  “Pigogo” means “Peacock” in the Zulu language. It’s a love song that compares a beautiful girl named Thuli, to a peacock, a beautiful bird. 

The words are:
"uMangi hamba nawe Thuli, ubizwa iPigogo."
Translated into English, this means: 
“When I walk with you, Thuli, they call you a peacock.” 

Can you hear the singers making a whooping sound that imitates the peacock’s song?

Music piece for today:
“Pigogo” by the Agape Children’s Choir of South Africa

Listen to the Kids’ Commute live on Classical IPR every weekday morning at 7:40am or listen to the archived episode at the top of the post.