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Gubura dances of the Mpondo

Various Artists
Gubura dances of the Mpondo

Young Mpondo men and women of the Lusikisiki District, Cape Province, South Africa, sing for several gubura dances. Each song begins with the boys kneeling. Each boy sings into his cupped hand and bobs and sways to the rhythm. The girls stand nearby. At a signal, the boys rise and dance standing up. The word gubura is pronounced [gubuca]. The leopardlike snarl, or cough, or grunt, which the Xhosa make in their throats is audible throughout these songs (Tracey 1973).

Track Listing

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Imama Group of Mpondo young men and three girls 2:44
102
Ubenga lahlinkomo Group of Mpondo young men and three girls 2:52
103
Jamani Group of young Mpondo boys 2:40
104
Injeke, Injeke, he Group of young Mpondo boys 1:30
105
Hla unakwahamba Group of young Mpondo girls and boys 3:04
106
Tikolosh Group of young Mpondo girls and boys 2:43
107
Umfazi uya balega Group of young Mpondo girls and boys 2:28

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