Dinka songs from South Sudan

Garang Deng Maketh Part 3

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    Twic East (Bor cluster)

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    A Collection of Dinka Songs

  • Recording locations

    Pamor village (Kongor area)

  • Performers

    Garang Deng Maketh (performer, male)

  • Recordist

    Simon Yak Deng

  • Description

    Garang Deng describes his ox as an angel that forced him to sing telling mixed ideas (false and true words). With his good singing, ladies provide him with many tassels and other tradition musical equipment. We sung collectively with Agutyaar Deng Chol and Garang Bul. Girls saw me and laughed, heheyeei, is that the man people talk about? He is very small and short. (Many Dinka people appreciate being tall or big as a better category for a good man) We do sing so that the girls of our age can listen. My songs give me cows and tobacco. I have composed many songs, listeners enjoy my singing, and others testify that there are many more songs coming. I keep quiet because my belongings are taken away by somebody from Nuer. I wonder whether Aguer Panyang (Aguer was a relief coordinator in the area) got this news. Garang would want him to compensate his lost items. The SPLA is led by someone who has a gift of leadership like John Garang to whom all people are satisfied by his work. I greet all leaders of the SPLA. We shall fight this fight with good and courageous hearts. We have five Garangs (Garang de Mabior-leader of SPLA, Garang Anyieth-leader of the Church, Garang Akok-planes shutter, Garang Chol Bul-the musician and myself) who do a fantastic job in the movement. Information about performer: age 50, both parents from Twic East (from the Pawel area).

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