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Title:Analyzing, digitizing and technologizing the oral word: the case of Bongani Sitole
Authors:Kaschula, Russell H.ISNI
Mostert, Andre
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:oral poetry
About person:Bongani Sitole (1937-2003)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696810903259384
Abstract:This article analyses the oral poetry, 'izibongo', produced by Xhosa oral poet Bongani Sitole (South Africa), both in book form (1996) and in digital form (2006). It traces this poetry from the moment it was orally produced, through to its publication in book form and on a web site. It addresses such issues as how the poetry has come to be presented on a web site, the copyright issues involved, and the extent to which the technologizing of the oral version, through the digitization of the transcribed and translated word, brings it back to orality. The first part of the article looks at the life and work of the late Bongani Sitole (1937-2003). It then provides a contextual analysis of Sitole's poetry. The final part of the article concentrates on issues related to technology and its relationship to the oral and written word. The term 'technauriture' is coined in order to refer to this process. Another example of this is the Verba Africana Series web site developed at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]