Dinka songs from South Sudan

Garang Deng Maketh Part 2

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    Twic East (Bor cluster)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    A Collection of Dinka Songs

  • Recording locations

    Pamor village (Kongor area)

  • Performers

    Garang Deng Maketh (performer, male)

  • Recordist

    Simon Yak Deng

  • Description

    This is an ox song in which Garang describes his ox Magak as a black bird with a white collar in the neck. If his song come to mind at night, he sings whispering like a woman who sings to motivate her child. The god of my mother turned to be the one giving me songs in the night. I sung to god asking him to keep me alive until I died of old age. I went to cattle camp to sing for the lady who is the motivating factor for singing. My music will give me a wife in the future. My music shall give me cows and a wife as well. My tassels were kept by Achol Ayiei Thiong and returned to me in the next hour. I don’t take somebody’s gift and fail to thank him. The cattle camp I sung for do not sleep wanting to listen to my songs. All people are taller than me, but I am more than them when it comes to music. Songs are much better than a job in the government. By this time people have no respect; others badly approach their in-laws without knowing that they are important for them. Information about performer: age 50, both parents from Twic East (from the Pawel area).

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