John Brearley Botswana Collection

Sketch of a dance

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  • Cultures

    Khoisan (Ju/'hoan) [Makaukau]

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  • Subjects

    Communal song; Lamellophone

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

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

  • Performers

    dongo - lamellophone, female singers

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    Sketch of a dance with percussion, dongo (?), clapping. According to the available documentation: a man asked John Brearley if he could organise for him a Sketch of a dance, in return for remuneration. He would build a representation of a traditional hut, two ladies would sing and a man would dance. John Brearley wrote: 'I agreed, thinking that others might join in and it would be worth while. However, the singing and the dancing were half-hearted, the hut no more than a bundle of sticks, and the dongo did not really fir the occasion. This was indeed a sketchy affair!'

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