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Sounds of a South African Homestead

Various Artists
Sounds of a South African Homestead

Recorded in 1956, this compilation is arranged in three sections: “Dawn Chorus”, “Late Afternoon until Dark” and “Zulu Music”. While the first two represent sounds of nature distinct to South Africa, the third category forms an interesting contrast with manmade musical sounds of the Zulu. But as Raymond B. Cowles states, this disparity fashions the most complete ‘sound-image’ of the Zulu peoples linking both nature and man: “A representative blend of African sounds, human, domestic animals, and birds, could seemingly produce the most valid sound picture available … ” Liner notes include detailed information on the nature sounds recorded, as well as the music and musical instruments of the Zulu.

Track Listing

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Dawn Chorus: Doves, Thrush, Cuckoo, Weaver n/a 1:04
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102
Bush Birds: Hornbills, Doves, Barbet, Sunbird, Shrike, Monkey, Lourie, Cuckoo, Warbler n/a 7:15
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103
Bush Birds: Cicadas, Oriole, Bulbul, Robin, Shrike, Cuckoo, Starling (Herder Whistling) n/a 6:47
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104
Bush Birds: Ibis, Bulbul, Weaver, Trogon, Drongo, Cuckoo n/a 5:05
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105
Late Afternoon until Dark: Partridge, Drongo, Bulbul, Crickets n/a 3:51
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106
Late Afternoon until Dark: Amphibian Chorus - Toads and Frogs n/a 2:35
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201
Zulu Music: Curbstone Musicians n/a 2:15
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202
Zulu Music: Curbstone Musicians n/a 0:47
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203
Zulu Music: "Wenza Umuntu" n/a 1:56
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204
Zulu Music: Guitar Solo n/a 1:17
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205
Zulu Music: Wedding Music n/a 1:38
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206
Zulu Music: Traditional Songs n/a 1:04
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207
Zulu Music: Traditional Rhythms and Intonations n/a 1:30
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208
Zulu Music: Wedding Dance of Men and Wedding Chanting n/a 3:13
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209
Zulu Music: Beer-Drink n/a 2:21
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210
Zulu Music: Traditional Recitatives, Songs of War, Praises n/a 1:02
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211
Zulu Music: Ugumbo Player (Gourd-and-Bow) n/a 0:51
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212
Zulu Music: Horn Blowing n/a 0:30
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213
Zulu Music: Ox Wagon - Sound of Whip and Calls to the Oxen n/a 1:11
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