David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': EmaLaleni (among the foreigners).

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:13:37

  • Cultures

    Zulu

  • Shelf mark

    C811/100

  • Subjects

    Zulu folksongs and dance , bridal laments-Africa (Zulu) , isimekezo

  • Recording date

    1964

  • Recording locations

    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    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.

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Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': EmaLaleni (among the foreigners).

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