David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Umhlanga Reed Festival narration

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:41:51

  • Cultures

    Swazi

  • Shelf mark

    C811/23

  • Subjects

    Swazi folksongs and dance, ceremonial songs - Africa (Swazi), emahubo (singular: ihubo)

  • Recording date

    1964-07-10

  • Recording locations

    South Africa

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Speakers

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997 (narrator, male)

  • Description

    Rycroft speaks about Swazi Royalty, and in particular the tradition of fixing the reed huts at the Swazi queen mother's palace at Lobamba. The reeds are collected by hundreds of Swazi schoolgirls over a few days in winter. When the girls arrive at the queen mother's palace, they deposit the reeds and then prepare for the Umhlanga Reed Festival celebrations.

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Umhlanga Reed Festival narration

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