Dinka songs from South Sudan

Peter Bol Deng Arok Part 2.2

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    Twic East (Bor cluster)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    A Collection of Dinka Songs

  • Recording locations

    SIL office, Juba

  • Performers

    Peter Bol Deng Arok (performer, male)

  • Recordist

    Simon Yak Deng

  • Description

    The song is about the ox, Makuei (black ox with white patch on the forehead), but is directed at a woman. The girl, who is supposed to be married using Makuei as part of the bride price, does not measure up to the value of Makuei, according to Bol, the singer. The girl is said to behave like a wild cat, in addition to the fact that she is a "econd hand" lady (once married). The last part of this song is about the value of Makuei, who is being protected day and night with a gun. So Bol is wondering how a divorcee can claim to be his wife, "Here is a white-tail, claiming that she is still a child, a miracle happening again! Is there a child who can give birth to Makuei?" (Makuei in this caontext is a name given to the first born male child, in honour of the ox.)Accompaniment: soft tapping on box. Information about performer: time away from Dinka territory: 23 years, age 38, both parents from the Bor cluster; grew up in Twic Baping (Wangulei region).

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