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Title:The Mqangala and Xipendana musical bows of the Shangana-Tsonga
Author:Johnston, Thomas F.
Year:1980
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Volume:63
Issue:2
Pages:257-268
Language:English
Geographic terms:Mozambique
South Africa
Subjects:Tsonga
music
Abstract:The Shangana-Tsonga are Bantu-speakers. About 1,500,000 live in Mozambique, and a further 750,000 in the Northern Transvaal. They are linguistically and culturally distinct from the Tonga of Zimbabwe, and form, yet a different Tonga group in the Inhambene area. Henri A. Junod, in his ethnography 'The Life of a South African Tribe' (1927), has described this unusually musical people, but made little reference to the wide variety of their musical instruments and practices. Today, traditional music is still very much alive, and solo instrumental performance on handmade instruments is common at social beer-drinks and on the numerous ceremonial occasions of Shangana-Tsonga life. Pl., ref., transcriptions of music.
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