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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Afar Songs
Author:Bliese, Loren F.
Year:1982
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Volume:4
Issue:3
Pages:51-76
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Afar
songs (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43660119
Abstract:The Afar of the eastern lowlands of Ethiopia have hightly sophisticated poetic forms used in various song types. The meter of the verses is strictly controlled, with each type having a different number of syllables per line and different melody patterns. The Afar can go on and on in an incredible number of verses, each with exactly the right number of syllables. One hundred fifty verses is not uncommon in the rendition of a single song. This is all done orally and sung by illiterate people with no literary tradition to help in developing the metrical lines. Here are presented texts of six major types of Afar song; kalluwalle, Sadda, hórra, tirtira, saare, and kássow. Notes.
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