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Shaadi, Kachchi men’s wedding song

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:04:20

  • Cultures

    Kachchi

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 74

  • Recording date

    2005-04-04

  • Recording locations

    In front of a traditional Bhunga round house with tile roof, Sanjote Nagar village, Banni area, Bhuj district, Kachchh, Gujarat.

  • Performance occasion

    7pm

  • Performers

    Jiwabai (lead singer), Namabai (second singer), Bachchabai (singer), Hirabai (singer)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    This Kachchi wedding song (shaadi) is usually sung by men (the groom’s closest friends). The men promise: “We’ll arrange everything for the marriage, buy the jewellery, order the bus for the marriage party” et cetera. Possibly the four female singers in this performance want to remind their men of all their promises. The singers are all from the Meqwar community in the Banni village Sanjote Nagar: Jiwabai (lead singer), Namabai (second singer), Bachchabai, and Hirabai. The Meqwar are Hindus and speak Kachchi language (north Indian language group).

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