David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Musical bow lecture examples 1979: Siqom' abantu abahle.

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , musical bow songs-Africa (Zulu) , ugubhu

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

  • Performers

    Magogo, Constance, Princess,1900-1984 (singer, female / ugubhu musical bow)

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    This is a dubbing of a recoridng made in 1964. This is an excerpt of Zulu ugubhu bow song performed by Princess Constance Magogo, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and grandchildren. In this track Princess Constance Magogo plays the Zulu ugubhu musical bow. This song has three vocal voice parts, the lead part is sung by Princess Constance Magogo, and the other two parts are sung by her son Mangosuthu Buthelezi and a number of her grandchildren. The children's and Mangosuthu's vocal parts are repetitive and cyclical. The voices enter at different points of the song, creating a polyphonic, overlapping cycle. The song is about girls choosing lovers, and is possibly adapted from the songs sung by girls at qoma courting ceremonies. The lyrics are as follows: 'We chose beautiful lovers; we chose the handsome ones! I shall go wandering mother; but where will my quest take me? The girl I would love is the one that cuts matters short! Take her boy! She is escaping' ( Rycroft, D., 1970, Zulu Swazi and Xhosa Instrumental and Vocal Music, Tevuren: Musee royal de l'Afrique centrale &Belgische Radio and Televisie).

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