David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Illustrations from a 'Royal account of music in Zulu life': We, mlobokaz'! (hey, bride to be).

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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 and Mangosuthu Buthelezi provide an example of an Usina wethimba (the ceremonial dance for the bridal party) this song is a part of the ukugqumushela dance songs when the bridal party arrives at the groom's homestead the day before the wedding. This song is sung be people from the groom's house, including the groom's mothers (father has more than one wife). 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, 359).

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