David Rycroft South Africa Collection
Metre in South African praise poetry: a Shona poem for an enemy.
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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. Hodza provides an example of a type of poem which is used when addressing an enemy. This enemy would be someone who has been attempting to cause one harm through using supernatural powers. He provides a version of the poem using the style of ordinary speech, and then provides a formal recital 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).