David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Magogo Folktales: Batha' ngwe ba (they were taken by a leopard).

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , ceremonial songs-Africa (Zulu) , amahubo (singular ihubo)

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    The tape box is marked 'Folktales (Magogo)'. There is not further written documentation, but these recordings seem to be dubbings of his field recordings made in KwaZulu Natal in 1964. Princess Magogo starts to sing an ihubo (plural amahubo) ceremonial song. She is joined by Mangosuthu Buthelezi who sings the choral part. The song is from the Buthelezi clan. Amahubo (singular ihubo) ceremonial songs are an important repository of Zulu oral history.

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