John Brearley Botswana Collection

Gaduele Molale. Sekankure musical bow song. D/ aa ku(Tears)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:01:26

  • Cultures

    Khoisan

  • Shelf mark

    C65/39

  • Subjects

    Musical bow - bowed

  • Recording date

    1994-08-25

  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Grootlaagte, north-west of Ghanzi in western Botswana, Botswana

  • Performers

    Molale, Gaduele (segankuru - bowed musical bow)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    Segankure, in his language bachene, a bowed monochord. At certain points during the song he sings: Bomma, segankure sa e bua. Sareng? -Ladies, this segankure is talking. What is it saying? He also said, referring to the title: When you are not happy, feeling like crying, you can take this (instrument) and play that song. It shows that you are crying. Question by JB. Does that mean that the sound of the instrument in that song is a sad sound? Answer: That sound shows that you are not happy. Q. Can you also make a sound which is a happy sound? A. Yes.

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