David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Swazi choral songs: Izwe likhala futhi (the nation is crying again).

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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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    This is a copy of one of Rycroft's original field recordings. This tape is labelled 'Swazi choral songs'. A woman sings a solo part of a Swazi song. She is accompanied by a chorus of male and female voice. The song is The song has a call and response relationship between the solo and choral parts. It is a wedding song traditionally sung by the bridal party (ingoma yemtsimba). A Swazi woman describes the performance context of this song in detail.

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