David Rycroft South Africa Collection

KwaPhindangene Handcross Brass rehearsal and sources: explanation of isigekle musical source.

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    Zulu folksongs and dance , dance songs-Africa (Zulu) , isigekle

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    KwaPhindangene, Mahlabathini, South Africa

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

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    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997 (male)

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    Rycroft explains that the fifth movement of the suite is based on two songs primarily an isigekle a very merry form of dance performed at weddings and at other social events. A second item has been included, a girls dance song which is meant to form a contrast to the isigekle. The fifth movement begins with a fanfare which is the same fanfare with which the suite began. The fanfare is based on the intervals of the isigekle dance song. This isigekle is rather old and the words make fun of a neighbouring chief who was so old that he could only reign for one month before he was disposed on account of his senility. Rycroft provides an example of the isigekle sung by men and women of the Buthelezi clan led by Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi.

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