David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Umhlanga Reed Festival narration

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    Swazi folksongs and dance, ceremonial songs - Africa (Swazi), emahubo (singular: ihubo)

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    South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997 (narrator, male)

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    Rycroft speaks about Swazi Royalty, and in particular the tradition of fixing the reed huts at the Swazi queen mother's palace at Lobamba. The reeds are collected by hundreds of Swazi schoolgirls over a few days in winter. When the girls arrive at the queen mother's palace, they deposit the reeds and then prepare for the Umhlanga Reed Festival celebrations.

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