David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': Zinamashoba zonke (they [the cattle] all have tails).

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , dance songs-Africa (Zulu) , umgqigqo

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Princess Magogo and Mangosuthu Buthelezi singing a umgqigqo dance song about cattle it sounds like a wedding song. The cow referred to in this song is a part of the ilobolo custom whereby the bride's father receives cattle from the groom in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage. On the wedding day the father of the bride sends his daughter to the ceremony at the bridegroom's homestead with on cow which is called an ishoba. 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)

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