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Title:The role of indigenous song: a critique of the dominant discourse in education
Author:Nompula, Y.
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:music education
Abstract:This article explores the role and value of indigenous songs in education. It draws from a study of grade five learners from a school in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The study was designed to answer the question: could Xhosa children in South Africa sing Xhosa indigenous songs significantly better than European folk songs. The experimental group received instruction in Xhosa indigenous songs accompanied by indigenous instruments. The control group received instruction in European folk song singing accompanied by Orff instruments. Instruction included traditional dancing, antiphonal singing technique and improvisation. The results of the study suggest that the Xhosa children sing the indigenous repertoire expressively and significantly better than the European songs. The author argues for the inclusion of indigenous songs in Arts and Culture Curricula. The intention of this article is not to replace the existing European music and its instructional methodology that currently exist and prevail in music curricula today. The primary focus is to add other meaningful pedagogical instructions through African indigenous music and dance that for centuries has been relegated to the periphery in South African schools. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]