David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Stylistic continuity- musical examples for paper: Mus' ukudumunaza makoti (don't disgrace yourself young bride).

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

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    South Africa

  • Performers

    Sikwaza, Joseph (singer male, fiddle)

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    This recording is a part of a collection of musical examples which Rycroft has taken from his field recordings to accompany his paper on continuity in Zulu music (Rycroft, D. 1977. 'Stylistic continuity in Zulu Town Music'. In Essays for a Humanist an Offering to Klaus Wachsmann. New York: The Town House Press, pp. 216-260). This is a dubbing of a recording made in 1964. This is a recording of a 'violin song', which is a song sung by a young Zulu man self-accompanied on the violin instead of the guitar (Rycroft, D., 1977, p.246). The performer in this recording is Joseph Sikwaza who comes form Umzinto in the South Coast region of KwaZulu Natal. His style of playing was quite unlike the typical Western style, since he held the violin against his left collarbone, rather than under his chin (Rycroft, D., 1977, p.246).

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