David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Wayehlaba yakhala inyamatane (He Stabbed and the Antelope Cried)

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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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    unidentified (singers, male)

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    This song is an example of a Swazi "ingoma yebutimba", or hunting song. A group of voices sing unaccompanied. The voices are characterised by non-simultaneous entry into the melody and the overlapping of parts. One can also identify call-and-response between the solo male voice and the chorus.

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