John Brearley Botswana Collection

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

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Cultures


  • Shelf mark


  • Subjects

    Musical bow - bowed

  • Recording date


  • 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.

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item