David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': Uhlekan' uShandu? (what is Shandu laughing at?).

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , initiation songs-Africa (Zulu) , izingcekeza (singular ingcekeza)

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Princess Magogo sings the vocal part of an umakhweyana song that a girl will sing when she is mature and is able to chose a lover. Princess Magogo explains that how once a girl has reached maturity she is able to chose a lover. The amaqhikiza (older girls) ask her to name the one whom she loves, she answers them in a self-accompanied song on the umakhweyana. This song is a dubbing of the original recording referred to in the publication 'A Royal Account of Music in Zulu Life with Translation, Annotation, and Musical Transcription' (Rycroft, D.,1975, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol 38, No 2, 353).

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