David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Metre in South African praise poetry: Nhetembo praises.
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Shona folksongs and dance , praise poetry-Africa (Shona) , nhetembo
Salisbury (former name for Harare), Zimbabwe
Rycroft, David, 1924-1997
Hodza, Aaron C,1924-1983 (male)
Mr A.C. Hodza provides an example of a stanza from a Shona nhetembo poem (this is another version of the song labelled 'Tembu group). He claps in time with the metre of the poem. This recording was dubbed by Rycroft in use as an example in his paper on South African praise poetry (Rycroft, D.,1980, 'The question of metre in South African praise poetry', Wentzel, J. P (Ed.) Third African Languages Congress of UNISA, Pretoria: University of South Africa, pp 289-312).