David Rycroft South Africa Collection

KwaZulu Natal tape six: Ye! Bheje! (O! Bheje!).

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  • Subjects

    Zulu folksongs and dance , initiation songs-Africa (Zulu) , ukubhina

  • Recording date

    1974 to 1975

  • Recording locations

    Mahlabathini KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    Very good quality recording. This is recorded in stereo. Princess Magogo and a second female singer provides an example of a hand-clapping song (this is called ukunqukuza and is a style of hand-clapping used by the Zulu people, in which they cup their hands to produce a hollow sound). This song is performed when a girl menstruates for the first time. This song is sung by the girl and her peers in the seclusion of her mothers hut during the private Thomba initiation ceremony, and is classified as an ukubhina puberty song. (Rycroft, D.,1975, 'A Royal Account of Music in Zulu Life with Translation, Annotation, and Musical Transcription', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol 38, No 2, 353).

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