David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Metre in South African praise poetry: Shona ancestral poem.
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Shona folksongs and dance , praise poetry-Africa (Shona) , nhetembo
Salisbury (former name for Harare), Zimbabwe
Rycroft, David, 1924-1997
Hodza, Aaron C, 1924-1983 (male)
Mr A.C. Hodza says the first two lines of a Shona ancestral poem, in ordinary spoken ChiShona. He then recites the same two lines in a formal style. This recording was dubbed by Rycroft in use as an example in his paper on South African praise poetry (Rycroft, D.,1980, 'The question of metre in South African praise poetry', Wentzel, J. P (Ed.) Third African Languages Congress of UNISA, Pretoria: University of South Africa, pp 289-312).