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Eky’evugo Ky’obumanzi (Field Card)
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This kind of praise chant was recited to the Chief before the men went off on a raiding party, attacking other parts of their own tribe. This was before the English came in 1890. These chants have never been used in anger in living memory with few, if any exceptions.
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Eky’evugo Ky’obumanzi (Track)
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This kind of praise chant was recited to the Chief before the men went off on a raiding party, attacking other parts of their own tribe. This was before the English came in 1890. These chants have never been used in anger in living memory with few, if any exceptions.
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Ente za Kanyororo Abateza (Track)
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In praise of Kanyororo's cattle, of which he was the herdsman. The herd was called 'Abateza,' and because it was so strikingly beautiful to the beholder it would make him shade his eyes and stumble away after looking at them.
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Hahirwa Nyiramibambwe (Track)
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This song, used as a lullaby, is in praise of the present Omwami Mutara's grandmother, and recounts her life, her childhood and girlhood, through its various stages till her death. She was both good and beautiful, say the singers. The queen mother's influence at the courts of the Mwami used to be considerable and...
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Hina shirilo, ka Matebula (Field Card)
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Fanisa Mwamitwa is the 'Sati WaHosi', the wife of the Chief. The connection between the meaning of the words of the song and its description as a praise song is not clear. "Khanye kude wawula niudawaze mashanga. Mluwetela wena minda twaze mwana warila." "Bright light (from afar) they mean you, Mind ¡waz ©, worry...
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Howe (Field Card)
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The Mangbele are a sub-group of the Mangbetu, mixed with the Mamvu. Most tribes in this north eastern corner of the Congo have been absorbed in whole or in part by their neighbours. This Bantu tribe came under the cultural sway of the stronger Sudanic Mangbetu and have adopted the habits of their mentors. The name...
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Hulila nduru (Field Card)
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Hulila nduru (Track)
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A song praising the grandfather of the present chief who died, it is said, about 60 years ago (c. 1890).
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Igiterane (Track)
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A song to praise chiefs and notables. The chiefs in this country are all Hamitic Tutsi, whose height (generally between 6 and 7 foot tall) is in great contrast to the short pigmoid Twa whom they have ruled for over five centuries. The modality of this song and the complex pattern of the clapping are both notable.
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