David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Musical bow lecture examples 1979: Unomagundwane (woman of rats).

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , musical bow songs-Africa (Zulu) , ugubhu

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    This is a dubbing of a recording made in 1964. In this track we here the solo voice of Princess Constance Magogo who is self-accompanied on the Zulu ugubhu musical bow. This song is part of a collection of ugubhu recordings made by David Rycroft in 1964. This collection is very valuable because the ugubhu bow is now extinct, and Princess Constance Magogo was one of the last remaining players of this musical bow. Rycroft describes this piece as 'Possibly the most interesting of all Zulu songs' (Rycroft, D., 1975-6, 'The Zulu bow songs of Princess Magogo', African Music, Volume v, Number 4: 51).

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