David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Interview about the song 'Siyofika'.

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  • Subjects

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

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  • Recording locations

    North Coast road (between Mkuze and Viyela), KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

  • Interviewees

    unidentified (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Rycroft, David (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    The singer of the song 'Siyofika' explains that this song is used when young men are leaving the homestead to join their chiefs at the regiments. Rycroft asks if it is a dance, the singer answers that it is an ihubo accompanied by 'ukukhomba' which means to make pointing gestures.

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