David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Metre in South African praise poetry: Rycroft and Hodza interview.
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Shona folksongs and dance , praise poetry-Africa (Shona) , nhetembo
Salisbury (former name for Harare), Zimbabwe
Rycroft, David, 1924-1997
Hodza, Aaron C, 1924-1983 (male)
Rycroft comments that the clapping was much slower in the ancestral poem than in the nhetembo poems. He asks Mr. Hodza to repeat the same two lines of the ancestral poem, this time in ordinary spoken ChiShona, and then to recite the same two lines for the comparison. 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).