Here’s a note from Marcus on how the song came about:
“Matt [of Beatenberg] came over to my hotel in Cape Town and we spent a couple of hours just listening to music. We played each other some songs we liked, then some of our own demos and ideas. We then sat down and wrote a rough chord structure of Wona together in a pretty short time. I haven’t done that much co-writing outside the band so it was good fun.
Then when we got to Jo’Burg we had some music to chuck into a song, and we spent the afternoon talking about what the song was about, recording the parts, and ended up writing a bunch of the lyrics after a few ales, just in time to record vocals. A bit of brinksmanship but it was proper organic the way it came out. Then Baaba just came in and smashed down my favourite thing he’s ever sung on a verse. Then we danced a lot.”
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