Impi is a song by South African music band Juluka, from their second studio album, African Litany, released in 1981. Impi is a Zulu word for any armed body of men.
The song retells the story of the Battle of Isandlwana between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom on 22 January 1879. The battle was a decisive victory for the Zulus and the British Army suffered its worst defeat against an indigenous foe with vastly inferior military technology.
Impi was banned from the radio in South Africa at the time but gained underground popularity. It remains a cult classic in South Africa and has now become mainstream to the point of often been associated with international sports events, in particular rugby.
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