John Brearley Botswana Collection

1) Bird songs, hippos; 2) Isaac Mokoya Jame songs accompanied by guru- a gourd-resonated bow-.

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  • Shelf mark

    C65/54; Tape 19

  • Subjects

    Musical bow

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    John Brearley Botswana Collection

  • Recording locations

    Shakawe / Kaputura

  • Performers

    Jame, Isaac Mokoya (singer, male / guru - musical bow)

  • Recordist

    Brearley, John

  • Description

    1) About 21 minutes of various birdsongs; also hippo grunting in nearby Okavango river (Shakawe). Notable points at 07.50, 12.05, 13.40, 16.45, 18.32.- 2) Song by Isaac M. Jame who sings and plays guru (struck musical bow) entitled /ee - Blue Wildebeest (trad.) Story: a hunter went and shot a wildebeest with a poisoned arrow, not killing it but intending to go back and kill it. He then became sick, and was groaning with pain, but in spite of that, the people wanted him to go and kill it, because they needed the meat.

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