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Title:Woyi céét: traditional marriage songs of the Lebu
Author:Ndione, Ch. Ah. TidianeISNI
Year:1993
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:24
Issue:2
Pages:89-100
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Lebu
songs
songs (form)
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
arts
literature
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819888
Abstract:The Lebu, originally from Tekrour in the Senegal Valley, now inhabit the peninsula of Cap Vert. They possess a vast traditional musical heritage that extends from the cultural realm to the social, and from the economic realm to the religious. The Lebu sing on the occasion of celebrations, particularly those of a religious nature. Most of the songs are performed by women. This article deals with 'woyi céét', ceremonial songs to accompany the young bride to her conjugal household. The 'céét' ceremony, with its well-defined rules, reflects the spirit of communal life in Lebu society. The procession that accompanies the bride consists of a large crowd of female friends, relatives, and griotes. This article analyses, in chronological order, the songs that are sung from the moment a bride leaves her maternal home until the procession arrives at its destination.
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