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Malipenga dance music from the Tonga-speaking people of Malawi

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The malipenga, dance music of the Tonga people of Nyasaland, now called Malawi, is said to have originated in imitations of military drills, substituting singing horns--kazoolike instruments--for military brass instruments. Hugh Tracey recorded this music in 1957. The people were from Malawi, but the recordings were made in mining compounds in Zambia and South Africa.

Year Released 1957
Record Label I.L.A.M.
Source Archive International Library of African Music (ILAM)
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Malawi
Culture Group(s) Tonga
Instrument(s) Bass drum; Chandi; Drum, cylindrical; Ensemble leader; Malipenga; Muganda; Vocals
Language(s) Tonga (Nyasa)
  • Hugh Tracey - Compiler; Liner Notes Editor; Liner Notes; Recorder

101 Muganda we Chitonga Banda Group of sixteen Tonga men and boys 2:42
102 Akapunda Group of sixteen Tonga men and boys 2:14
103 Mungore Group of fourteen Tonga men 3:44
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