David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': Ye! Bheje! (O! Bheje!).
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Zulu folksongs and dance , initiation songs-Africa (Zulu) , ukubhina
KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa
Rycroft, David, 1924-1997
Princess Magogo provides an example of a hand-clapping song (this is called ukunqukuza and is a style of hand-clapping used by the Zulu people, in which they cup their hands to produce a hollow sound). This song is performed when a girl menstruates for the first time. This song is sung by the girl and her peers in the seclusion of her mothers hut during the private Thomba initiation ceremony. It is classified as an ukubhina initiation song. This song is a dubbing of the original recording referred to in the publication 'A Royal Account of Music in Zulu Life with Translation, Annotation, and Musical Transcription' (Rycroft, D.,1975, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol 38, No 2).