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Babe kasenankomo (Father has no cattle left)

Masitsela with two boys and three girls
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Babe kasenankomo (Father has no cattle left)
This reed ceremony song, sung for the mhlanga or reed ceremony is performed by Masitsela with two boys and three girls, all from Lobamba, Mbabane, Swaziland. The words of the song imply that father has gone to court over various cases so often that all his cattle have been attacked. The reed ceremony is carried out when the girls of the tribe all go together to the reed beds to cut reeds for the fences of the villages, which are a feature of the Swazi kraals (villages surrounded by fences or stockades). A girl leads the verses as the others sing in rhythmically interwoven harmony.