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Kwende kwende ku mphilipili (Track)
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A strange dance in which the dancers move their necks forward and backward like a chicken walking. The sung music is not easily followed at first until the drums between them simplify the ensemble with their clear crossed rhythms, the one (Kachisi) maintaining the ground rhythm. "Kwende, kwende kumpilipili Kwana m...
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Malaya Kulowa, 1st movement (Track)
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"We have no clothes to wear, which is very disappointing. If we work hard we will get money but it will not be enough to buy all the clothes we need." The great economic incentive in many parts of Africa among the young men is fine clothes. Many indeed go to the towns and mines for this primary purpose.
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Manyanda Kulowa, 1st movement (Track)
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"Come and see the clever dancers." A good example of Malipenga playing and dancing. This is the opening movement of the dance. The word Muganda which is the name of this dance is taken from the sound of the drums which accompany the singing gourds.
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Master Drummers of Africa:
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produced by Robin Hogarth, 1948- (ARC Music Productions, 2001), 1 hour 5 mins
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produced by Robin Hogarth, 1948- (ARC Music Productions, 2001), 1 hour 5 mins
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Muvalenge waiti Chita wala, 2nd movement (Track)
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"Our 'Johannesburg' band dances much better than all the others. We wear white clothes." Sung by a small group of dancers who call themselves the 'Johannesburg' team. Chewa men working on the gold mines of Johannesburg often make up 'Malipenga' dance teams and drill themselves to tunes such as these.
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Ndarama zao kusowa 2nd movement (Track)
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A good example of Malipenga playing and dancing. This is the opening movement of the dance. The word Muganda which is the name of this dance is taken from the sound of the drums which accompany the singing gourds. Are two melodies for this 2nd movement. There are two movements in the Mugunda dance, the second is p...
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Siyemboka (Track)
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This is a dance performed at feasts of rejoicing such as the majority of a man on taking over from his dead father, or at the maturity of a girl. The recording was made at the museum at Livingstone where the performers were engaged as full-time musicians to play for the museum visitors. (See also TR-67 B-1). The s...
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Tilenjela anthudazi Citawala, 2nd movement (Track)
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"We are greeting you all. Our 'Gwelo' Band will dance different steps for you." Many of these groups give themselves the names of towns in the south. This one calls itself after Gwelo in the S. Rhodesian midlands.
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The Venda Drummers
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produced by Robin Hogarth, 1948- (ARC Music Productions, 2002), 1 hour 16 mins
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produced by Robin Hogarth, 1948- (ARC Music Productions, 2002), 1 hour 16 mins
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Yando (Track)
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A dance for festive occasions. The Buudu is a Bantu tribe which has moved across westwards from the Ruwenzori mountains about 300 miles to the present locality. They are unusually dark-skinned for Bantu and use a variety of musical instruments, relying mostly on slit drums for their dance music. Slit drums are com...
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