John Brearley Botswana Collection

Dikang. Dance song. Zakotizaoxi (same as above.)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:41

  • Cultures

    Khoisan

  • Shelf mark

    C65/35

  • Subjects

    Dance song

  • Recording date

    1994-07-30

  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Didibakwe, Nata, Botswana

  • Performers

    Dikang (dancer for healing, traditional doctor)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    The women are stamping meal. They have the pestle (motse [sets.]; mortar is kika) which goes xi, xi, xi, etc (sound of a pestle stamping). It is a Sesarwa song that he made up himself when he saw the women. He dances, imitating the pestles, because he is happy that he will soon eat the porridge. Question to Dikang: Do you dance for healing? Answer: Yes; Q. Do you do this often? A. Yes; Q. Is it spiritual, to do with spirits who help you to heal? A. Yes, this is true; the spirits give me the power. A woman who had been singing commented: We are nothing, we have been used to sing, mere helpers. John Brearley asks: Do you really think you are just being used? The woman replies: Yes, by the dancers. JB. But the singers make the most sound! Dikang (to the woman): It is a mistake to say you are being used!

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