David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Cedarville tape: Alala agengelez (He Sleeps Face Upwards)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:26:41

  • Cultures

    Xhosa

  • Shelf mark

    C811/29

  • Subjects

    Xhosa folksongs and dance; hand-clapping songs - Africa (Xhosa)

  • Recording date

    1964-05-27

  • Recording locations

    Cedarville, South Africa

  • Performers

    unidentified (singers, female, children, hand-claps)

  • Description

    A group of Xhosa women and children sing this indigenous clapping song. This song has overlapping call-and response format, and fast hand-clapping. The title is taken from the lyrics since there is no accompanying written documentation.

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Cedarville tape: Alala agengelez (He Sleeps Face Upwards)

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