Kevin Volans Southern Africa Music Collection

Interview with Princess Magogo

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:07:42

  • Cultures

    Zulu

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0005432 (copy of C740/1/12)

  • Subjects

    Love songs

  • Recording date

    1976-12-15

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Kevin Volans Southern African Music Collection

  • Recording locations

    South Africa

  • Interviewees

    Magogo, Constance, Princess (speaker, female)

  • Recordist

    Volans, Kevin

  • Description

    Princess Magogo explanation of a love song with translation into English: when the lover is far away, the woman wishes he would come to the gate of her home to meet her. Once the man has come she would call the dogs to chase him away; the man would have to run and that would please her. On another hand, if she could not be reunited with him she would hang herself. Princess Magogo explains later that these love songs used to be composed by young girls, according to the tradition each girl had to compose a song based on their own circumstances.

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