David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': Ho-ho-ho-ho.

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , dance songs-Africa (Zulu) , ukugqumushelo

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Princess Magogo and Mangosuthu Buthelezi provide an example of a song sung by young Zulu men at the qoma courting ceremony. This ceremony takes place after a girl has reached puberty. She is given permission to chose a lover. In the qoma courting ceremony girls are officially chose lovers. Once they have made their decision they make beer while the boys sing a umvumo song at a distance. Once the beer is ready the boys join the girls and they ask the girls to undress. The girls do indeed strip for the boys and are praised by the boys. 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).

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