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“Mutshwa kusaeuhamhish Musoka wa yakale”

Mutshwa kusaeuhamhish Musoka wa yakale

Nine Lunda men sing this ceremonial farewell from Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. It is accompanied by a struck bottle, two litswakaie basket rattles and a hand-beaten box drum. The drummer sits on top of the drum, using the heels of his feet to alter the pitch. A single singer leads with a line of text and is then joined by a chorus of harmonized voices. A whistle adds another textural layer to the song.