David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Metre in South African praise poetry: a Shona poem for an enemy.

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:12:32

  • 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. Hodza provides an example of a type of poem which is used when addressing an enemy. This enemy would be someone who has been attempting to cause one harm through using supernatural powers. He provides a version of the poem using the style of ordinary speech, and then provides a formal recital 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: a Shona poem for an enemy.

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