David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': EmaLaleni (among the foreigners).
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Zulu folksongs and dance , bridal laments-Africa (Zulu) , isimekezo
KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa
Rycroft, David, 1924-1997
Princess Magogo provides and example of an isimekezo (bridal lament following the consummation of marriage) sung after an umsindo (wedding). In this song the bride sits on a wooden head rest, bent forward with their eyes to the floor ( Rycroft, D.,1975, 'A Royal Account of Music in Zulu Life with Translation, Annotation, and Musical Transcription', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol 38, No 2, 364). This is a dubbing of a recording made in 1964.