John Brearley Botswana Collection

Boenyana Mashabalewa. Segorogoro mouthbow song. Mmmanana (Mother of the Child)

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    Khoisan (Naro) [Nharo]

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    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Nata Village, edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

  • Performers

    Mashabalewa, Boenyana (segorogoro - scraped mouthbow)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    Boenyana Mashabalewa with segorogoro mouthbow accompaniment. This song is of matters between Boenyana and his girl-friend. She was pregnant and he knew the child was not his, but she said it was. He accused her of bringing false witnesses against him in a kgotla (court) case, which she won. After the case, he now agrees with the lady that he was the father of the child! The words are You were right; I am the father of the child, Mmamnana! Also: Mananawe, Mananawe, means Lady, lady - Hey!

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