David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Musical bow lecture examples 1979: Ayihlome.

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    Swazi folksongs and dance , home-made violin-Africa (Swazi) , sikhelekehle

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    Mabuza, Sitandi (singer, male, sikhelekehle)

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    This is a dubbing of a recording made in 1973. This is a recording of a man, Sitandi Mabuza singing a song in Siswati, self accompanied on the sikhelekehle friction bow. This is a single-stringed bow which has a large tin as a resonator and a long wooden stick as a neck. The bow player produces three fundamental notes; there is the open note of the string, and a further two stopped notes (created by the thumb and the fore finger). These fundamental notes have corresponding harmonic partials which are caused by the player's bowing technique The fundamental notes and the harmonic partials are closely related to indigenous Swazi gourd bows (Rycroft, D., 1977, p. 246-7). In this recording one can also identify a second vocal part sung by an unidentified woman.

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