David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Rycroft interview with Swazi musicians about song genres and beadwork

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    Swazi folksongs and dance

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    Swazi folksongs and dance

  • Interviewees

    Gama, Asiyena (speaker, female), unidentified (speaker, female)

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Mrs Asiyena Gama provides the lyrics and a brief explanation about the song 'Ulangwenya'. She also introduces herself and provides some information about Swazi beadwork in English. She discusses a particular piece of beadwork explaining that it is a love letter for those who cannot read or write so that they can give it to their boyfriend. She explains the meaning of each colour in the beadwork. Rycroft also asks for the names of different Swazi songs.

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