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Title:Narambada's praise song on Dokin Iska dan Filinge, a famous race horse
Author:Usman, Bello Bala
Year:1995
Periodical:Frankfurter afrikanistische Blätter
Issue:7
Pages:51-63
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Hausa
religious songs
Abstract:Ibrahim Narambada is considered one of the most outstanding and accomplished Hausa court singers. Until his death in 1960 he was the court singer of Sarkin Gobir Ahmadu Bawa (1935-1975), the chief of Isa town in Sokoto State, Nigeria. In order to show his allegiance to the chief he had at various times composed songs in praise of Sarkin Gobir. Moreover, to prove that everything associated with his master was shrouded in success, he also composed a song - most probably between 1935 and 1960 - about the achievements of his master's race horse, Dan Filinge, one that hails from Filinge. The song 'Dokin Iska dan Hilinge' has as its general theme 'yabo', 'praise'. The song has irregular line patterns and Narambada uses repetition for multiple effects. He makes use of simple language and an appropriate choice of words in order to convey his ideas. He uses epithets, metaphors, and personification. Like all the songs composed by Narambada, 'Dokin Iska dan Hilinge' is composed in the Sakkwatanci dialect of Hausa. App. (Hausa text with English translation), bibliogr., notes.
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