John Brearley Botswana Collection

Chaiye. Segaba musical bow with singing. No title

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:04:00

  • Cultures

    Khoisan

  • Shelf mark

    C65/11

  • Subjects

    Musical bow - bowed

  • Recording date

    1985-07-24

  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Kautshamkam (near Nata), Botswana

  • Performers

    Chaiye (segaba with singing)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    The singer makes up the words as he goes along; they can be different each time a song is sung and they are normally reflections on his life, or on any subject; b) Two men grew beards, but the hair did not grow all over their necks. There was an old man called Ramokudu who was afraid of razorblades; he ran away when the girls wanted to shave him. I will imitate a bird eating the gum of a tree. The dog is barking at Ramokudu. My mother and father died when I was still a small boy. Because I am an orphan, everything that goes wrong is my fault. Even when the dog drinks the milk, people say that I stole it.

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