David Rycroft South Africa Collection

KwaPhindangene composition musical sources: explanation of isiqubulo musical source.

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:35

  • Cultures

    Zulu

  • Shelf mark

    C811/112

  • Subjects

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

  • Recording date

    1964

  • Recording locations

    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    Rycroft explains that the fourth musical source used in the brass suite is an isiqubulo or an isaqu which is one of the many items performed at a traditional Zulu wedding. It is a slow and stately song which is accompanied by pointing gestures called 'ukukhomba'. People may walk while singing this song but there is no actual dancing. Princess Magogo provided this as an example of a song rendered by the bridal party (ikhetho) as a prelude before the inkondlo main dance. It is a slow and quiet and dignified. Magogo sings the song providing the leading and the choral part.

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