David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Metre in South African praise poetry: Rycroft and Hodza interview about a Shona poem for an enemy.
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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)
Mr. Hodza explains that this type of enemy poem is always performed at 9 pm and is allowed in Shona culture. He explains that the texts of the poems are quite flexible. He provides a translation of the poem text in English. 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).