David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Metre in South African praise poetry: Nhetembo praises.

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:13:38

  • Cultures

    Shona

  • Shelf mark

    C811/104

  • Subjects

    Shona folksongs and dance , praise poetry-Africa (Shona) , nhetembo

  • Recording date

    1976

  • Recording locations

    Salisbury (former name for Harare), Zimbabwe

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Speakers

    Hodza, Aaron C, 1924-1983 (male)

  • Description

    Mr A.C. Hodza provides an example of a stanza from a Shona nhetembo poem. He claps in time with the metre of the poem. This recording was dubbed by Rycroft in use as an example in his paper on South African praise poetry (Rycroft, D.,1980, 'The question of metre in South African praise poetry', Wentzel, J. P (Ed.) Third African Languages Congress of UNISA, Pretoria: University of South Africa, pp 289-312).

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Metre in South African praise poetry: Nhetembo praises.

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