David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Princess Magogo spoken song texts: Helele! Yisiliphi leliyana

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , praise poetry-Africa (Zulu), izibongo

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Ngcobo, AB (reader, male)

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    Mr. A B. Ngcobo reads the lyrics of an ugubhu song which Princess Constance Magogo learnt from her grandmothers. This song dates back to the 19th century. It is a Zulu song which was sung by the regiments when the Zulu kingdom was at the height of its military expansion (Rycroft, D., 1970, Zulu Swazi and Xhosa Instrumental and Vocal Music, Tevuren: Musée royal de l' Afrique centrale & Belgische Radio and Televisie, pg. 10). The song praises the strength of the King's regiments, however it also expresses the grief and loneliness felt by women because their husbands and lovers were constantly away at war (Rycroft, D., 1970, pg. 10).

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