David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Cedarville tape: Rycroft interview with Inkosinathi

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  • Subjects

    Xhosa folksongs and dance; musical bows - Africa (Xhosa); isigankuri

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  • Recording locations

    Cedarville, South Africa

  • Interviewees

    Inkosinathi (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997 (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Rycroft interviews a boy called Inkosinathi who plays the Xhosa instrument called isigankuri. This instrument consists of a piece of bamboo which is attached to a paraffin tin that acts as a resonator. The instrument has a single string and rests on the left shoulder of the musician. There is a tuning peg at the bottom of the bow, and the paraffin tin is positioned above the musician's left shoulder when playing. The seisigankuri is bowed with a small hair-bow. The fundamental notes are obtained by stopping the string with the thumb or the forefinger.

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