On Night & Day, Sjava plays with two Xitsonga words of the Hlengwe people, which are “Cawuke” and “Xinyori”.
Who are the Hlengwe people?
The Hlengwe people are one of the largest sub groups of the Tsonga ethnic group, and the most famous Hlengwe person in South Africa is the iconic Dr. Thomas Chauke.
Sho Madjozi is related to the Hlengwe people.
Why am I telling you about Dr. Thomas Chauke?
Dr. Thomas Chauke is the lead member of the legendary music group, Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters.
Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sister have made 35 albums, 34 of them are part of a series titled Shimatsatsa.
Dr. Thomas Chauke’s is popularly known as Xinyori.
Who is Xinyori?
Xinyori is the founding father of the Hlengwe people.
The word Xinyori means snail’s shell, the snail and its shell are sacred totems of the Hlengwe people.
Cawuke/Mavasa is Xinyori’s grandson.
What does all of this have to do with Sjava?
“… back seat no Chauke, ngiphete ishinyori…” – Sjava uses the word Xinyori as a substitute for Shimatsatsa, which is a gorgeous woman in Xitsonga. Sjava supports this line with a follow up in Sepitori, as lepyatla and ximatsatsa mean the same thing in this context.
In conclusion, the line is just a basic word play on Dr. Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters and their Shimatatsa albums.