John Brearley Botswana Collection

Banganeditse Maja. Sebanchoro-bowed chordophone song. Chipo walela (Chipo is crying)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:27

  • Cultures

    Khoisan

  • Shelf mark

    C65/35

  • Subjects

    Musical bow - bowed

  • Recording date

    1994-07-30

  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Didibakwe, Nata, Botswana

  • Performers

    Maja, Banganeditse (sebanchoro-bowed chordophone)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    The instrument is constructed similarly to the segaba (segankuru) except that it has no trough carved out of its body, which is slightly flattened on its upper surface. It is also much shorter, being 61 cms. Long instead of nearly a metre. It is played using short bow-strokes, to and fro, instead of the circular motion of the segaba. The melodies are made up of mostly stopped notes, with little or no use of harmonics. He is not able or willing to give an explanation for this title. It is a play-song which he just composed himself.

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