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Abale ndutani (Track)
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The women make clever use of their gourds, some smacking them and the others grasping them with alternate hands -- The gourds with their use of clapping together make fascinating rhythmic patterns. Abale ndutani moyo? ndi ndule moyo?
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Abarinda nibarwana (Track)
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The people who protect this country are away fighting.' This refers to old tribal fighting before the Europeans came and stopped it all, i.e. before 1890.
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Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble: Siye Goli
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produced by Hossam Ramzy, fl. 1970; performed by Adzido (ARC Music Productions, 1994), 59 mins
produced by Hossam Ramzy, fl. 1970; performed by Adzido (ARC Music Productions, 1994), 59 mins
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Ahe likalakati (Field Card)
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The four leading women sang this song on their knees, and the principal singer also mimed the torso, hip and arm movements of the dance whilst she sang.
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Akakalu Babini (Track)
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The large Igogo deja was carved out of a single log and shaped like an antelope. It was 43" tall, the body 52" long, the tail 28 1/2" and the head 33". It was 42 1/2" wide, a total of 9 foot 5 1/2" long from tip to tail. The four legs were 10" tall carrying the triangular sectioned body, sounding two notes -- 56...
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Alaina n’kuphika nkhwani (Field Card)
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This kind of dance, they say, was first introduced into the district by Yao people, about 15 years ago, 1940, when it was originally sung in the Yao language, from the Fort Johnstone District. But the Chewa girls liked the dance and made up their own words for it. They reflect the young girls growing sense of resp...
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Alume yerani malo (Track)
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The singer calls to those behind to hurry and catch up with the dance team as they are going to a big dance competition. This item is a fascinating example of the authentic 2 against 3 African cross rhythm.
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Amati akatambe tilawe (Track)
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Three Mcoma dance songs for women and girls, with 2 goblet drums, one weighted and whistles (-11.515-). "She wanted to go dancing, but she got into trouble and could not go." The girls stand in a circle and come out in pairs prancing a few steps in the centre of the circle. They retire and the next two come out u...
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Antu acilendo (Track)
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"Men who travel away from home Make their women think about them with longing As they sleep in their 'pyjamas' alone." The word "pyjama" has been adopted locally as "Majamara." In point of fact, the women do not sleep in pyjamas at all, they say, and it is used as a figure of speech.
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Atu (Field Card)
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"So many people have been born So many people have died Now all my folks are finished So who will keep me company when I die?" This song with its antiphonal call and answer is typical of the majority of folk songs of the Chokwe heard on the mines. This kind of performance is most difficult to record effectively fo...
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