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Abale ndutani (Field Card)
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The two people mentioned in the song are imaginary and not actual people. "Ndachinyuka Pitaria Pakuti wakalomba mano Kubwera Bitoni ngati amakoza Galimoto kuseka kwache Ngati nchinu was galimoto." "I will not say any more, Pitoria (sometime pronounced Vitoria by the singers). For you have no teeth left. "Yes," she...
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Adisi adisi (Field Card)
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A story of a girl and the protective colouring of guinea fowl spots. One of the few stories, perhaps, which makes a reference to cannibalism. There was once a girl who went to the garden to fetch mealies. Now there came some guinea fowls and she was fascinated by their spots. She said "Oh! can't you mke me some lo...
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Adisi adisi = The girl and the guinea fowl
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A story of a girl and the protective colouring of guinea fowl spots. One of the few stories, perhaps, which makes a reference to cannibalism. There was once a girl who went to the garden to fetch mealies. Now there came some guinea fowls and she was fascinated by their spots. She said "Oh! can't you mke me some lo...
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Ah la la Mama (Field Card)
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"No woman is any better than any other woman. The only difference is whether you love them or not." This piece of homely philosophy no doubt reflects far more than a merely personal opinion.
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Aliva enaku adheta (Field Card)
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Aliva enaku adheta
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A song in which a number of topics are touched upon including Ngobi, a local glutton, and the sorrow of a mourner who sits alone in a house watching over the dead body of a friend or relative. This combination of lyre and lute is popular among Soga minstrels.
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Ansati Iwe u nganaye = That woman with you
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That woman with you is not your wife. -- You have only borrowed her for the time being. Soon she will be taken by someone else.' A true sidelight on town life.
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Bagangali (Field Card)
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" A soldier of Ngbazu ( Chief Gatanga's father) reported to Nbazua's elder brother Dagatanga, also a Chief, that Ngbazua would not listen to Dagatanga's advice. Dagatanga was offended and the incident gave rise to much trouble." The tuning of the harp includes five notes of a pentatonic scale, the octave above the...
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BaNakatekwe (Field Card)
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"This is why you're divorced, mama, it is because you go out and greet others familiarly, such as 'Good morning, Isaac.' Far away along the Ndola road is where I saw a Lamba man, who addressed me saying: "Isaac, you will not have any more children. This is your last child." The general burden of this song, like ma...
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