David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': Wayifunel' isisinga senxoza (you will need a rope to tether him).

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

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Princess Magogo provides an example of an Usina Wethimba (the ceremonial dance for the bridal party) this song is a part of the ukugqumushela dance songs used when the bridal party arrives at the groom's homestead on the day before the wedding. This song is sung by people from the groom's house, including the groom's mothers (Zulu men can have more than one wife). This song taunts the bride and makes fun of her. 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, 358).

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