Sungi akumba | Central African

Title: 
Sungi akumba
Audio: 

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Description: 

A Zande dance with Kponingbo xylophone (log zylophone with keys on banana stems. The tuning corresponds in absolute pitch with that of harp strings). "Sungi kumba wa sa gasi li Sungi akumba ai gibolo. It is a bad housewife who does not work for a husband. A woman who can't work is no good at all." These loose note xylophones are played by three and sometimes four men sitting on either side of the instrument. The Zande dance is performed in a circle to the cheerful sound of the xylophone. All the dancers move in unison with small steps in a set pattern which ensures that the circle moves around gradually in an anti-clockwise direction. A characteristic gesture by Zande dancers is the holding out of hands, palms upwards, gently raising and lowering the forearms in time with the music.

Composer: 

Composer not specified
Nakule (Performer)

Artist(s): 

Two other players, with dancers

Date: 
1952-08-31
Format: 

78 RPM shellac record

Format: 

00:02:56

Format: 

Sound Forge V. 8

Format: 

Technics SP - 10MK II direct drive turntable

Format: 

Vestax BDT - 2500 belt drive turntable

Format: 

Studer Revox Interface SP 10-8

Source: 

Shellac record number:TP3691

Source: 

Master number:XYZ7614

Source: 

Tape number:F117

Source: 

Research number: F 4U-8

Rights: 

International Library of African Music

Publisher: 

International Library of African Music

Identifier (disa): 
mus1952-08-31.036.018.TP3691-XYZ7614
Identifier (original): 
TP3691-XYZ7614
Identifier (greenstone export db): 
7537