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Godwa aswibasanga | Southern African

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ILAM

Topical song with guitar. "If you have no child it is no good. Other women have children, they fill the village. There are many men here standing in the queues for going to Johannesburg. You, my wife, you do not want to eat porridge - you want rice. There is no rice here, because I am poor. Go to the rich where they can afford rice."
So she went to a rich man to get her rice, but now she gets no clothes, no shoes, and at last, no food.
Details from ILAM record number TP4274-H1P14

Muntano Gomez o Feliciano

1955-08-10 Chibuto district | Gomez o Feliciano, Muntano | Guitar | Hlanganu | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Sul do Save Province | Tonga | Topical song
Hongahonga lele | East African

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ILAM

An Mbeta pipe dance with Viyanzi vertical flutes, 2 friction sticks, and tin rattles.

The players start to play beginning with the pipe 3rd from the lowest. Each piper above them takes his rhythm from the next man below. If one fails to get started he holds up all the others above. The leader then comes along and gets his rhythm for him and his companions can then take up the rhythm until the treble player at last joins in.

Set of 13 pipes. The tuning of this set was as follows:- 584, 320, 440, 392, 336, 292, giving a pentatonic scale. The total range was just over two octaves.

Pembe Selemani and Zaramo boys

1950-00-00 Dar-es-Salaam | East African | Mbeta pipe dance | Selemani, Pembe | Tanganyika | Tanzania | Zaramo
Mangai | Folk - Central African

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ILAM

Topical song with 2 guitars, 3 basket rattles and 1 bottle. Chibanda and Kasena with 7 Kanyoka men. Territory Mwene Ditu, District Kabinda, Kasai, Belgian Congo. Recorded in rural Panda-Jadotville, Belgian Congo.

"The Kanyoka captured the Chief of the Kasai people on the other side of the river, cut off his head, put it in a pot of beer and drank the beer."

It is not certain from the context to which tribal wars this incident refers, if any. It may well be a form of boasting or braggadocio.

Chibanda and Kasena with 7 Kanyoka men

1957-07-28 Basket rattle | Bottle | Folk - Central African | Guitar | Kanyoka | Northern Rhodesia | Southern Congo
Jekanyika |

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ILAM

Ancient fighting song

Chief Gunda, Gunda men and women

1948-04-23 Folk song | Gunda | Hungwe | Rusapi | Southern Rhodesia | Zimbabwe
Hotokoto inezemu |

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ILAM

Ancient fighting song against Ndebele

Veniseni Nakwa Shawa (Performer), Gunda men and women

1948-04-23 Folk song | Gunda | Hungwe | Rusapi | Southern Rhodesia | Zimbabwe
Mumpanga Kuwawa |

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ILAM

Hunting song, sung after hunting

Boys at St Croix Mission (Performers)

1949-07-13 Belgian Congo | Central African Music | Democratic Republic of Congo | Folk song | Kasenga | Luunda
Hamba Kahle Mkonto |

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Ballantine

'Go well Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) We Umkhonto cadres are prepared to kill the Boers'.
This song was sung during the Zimbabwe campaign of 1967-8 when an Umkhonto unit ('Luthuli's detachment') alongside a ZAPU unit fought racist troops and inflicted heavy casualties.

narrator: The armed struggle will take root in South Africa soil!
The enemy's strength is not underestimated but neither is he invincible! The example of Algeria, Vietnam, Mozambique and Angola have shown the possibilities of defeating powerful military regimes. What counts is the determination to struggle of a united and armed people until final victory is secured.
Our song says that the sound of gunfire is already being heard. Vorster and Kruger will be shot down. (From flatinternational.org)

1978 Mkonto | Traditional | Zulu
Jo Jo Special |

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Ballantine

Dark City Sisters

Jive | Mbaqanga
Isinkwa Nofishi | Jive

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Ballantine

Dark City Sisters

Dark City Sisters | Jive | Mbaqanga