Traditional Music of Botswana, Africa: A Journey with Tape Recorder along Southern Botswana from Mochudi to Kang

Traditional Music of Botswana, Africa: A Journey with Tape Recorder along Southern Botswana from Mochudi to Kang

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While traveling across Botswana in 1983, ethnomusicologist Elizabeth N. Wood captured music from Tswana–Sotho tribal descendants and Basarwa Bushmen, whose songs cover themes such as war, hunting, farming, school, and religion. Singing styles range from unison to harmony to call–and–response and are often accompanied by clapping and stomping, with an occasional whistle or drum. Instrumental tracks feature instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and lengope (mouth bow). Liner notes include a description of Botswana’s geography, ethnic groups, music, and dance. Lyrics and track notes are also included.


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Year Released 1983
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1983 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Botswana
Culture Group(s) San; Tswana
Instrument(s) Mbira; Mouth bow
Subject(s) World music
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101 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Oh, a Shoe, Oh, a Shoe" Young school children of the Bakgaladi group 0:48
102 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "I Am Happy" Young school children of the Bakgaladi group 0:35
103 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "I Am the Hare That Stays in the Road" Young children in Mochudi 0:57
104 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "When They Are Playing Their Whistles, Praise (Ululate) Them" Older children in Nmankgodi 1:43
105 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Drive away the Birds!" High Schools, members of the Girl Guides of Molepolole 1:15
106 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "I Have a Pain!" High Schools, members of the Girl Guides of Molepolole 0:48
107 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Yes! Yes! Oh! Oh!" Older women in the village of Gabane 2:01
108 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "At Home, It Rains Heavily" Older women in the village of Gabane 1:19
109 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "We Come from the Forest" Older women in the village of Gabane 2:03
110 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "The Rain, Hey, It Is Raining" Older women in the village of Gabane 1:27
111 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Mrs. Modise Doesn't Want to Plough" Older women in the village of Gabane 0:44
112 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "The Fowl Are Eating the Sorghum" Older women in the village of Gabane 1:47
113 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "It Is in the Tall Grass, the Shy Porcupine" Older women in the village of Gabane 2:03
201 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Let's Go to the River" A small froup of women from Mochudi 1:14
202 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Speak to Us" A small froup of women from Mochudi 1:39
203 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "The Hills of Mourning" Twenty men from Mochundi 4:02
204 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "The Children of the Lion Have Been Called Up" Twenty men from Mochundi 2:38
205 Tribal Songs of Batswana: "Give Us the Signal to Fight" Twenty men from Mochundi 1:36
206 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Song Twenty women from Tsetseng 1:01
207 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Song Twenty women from Tsetseng 1:31
208 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Song Twenty women from Tsetseng 1:19
209 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Instrumental Selection - Lengope (Mouth Bow) A young Masarwa women in the village of Kang 0:47
210 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Instrumental Selection - Setinkane (Mbira) Young Masarwa gentleman recorded in Kang 1:02
211 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Instrumental Selection - Setinkane (Mbira) A young Masarwa gentleman recorded in Kang 0:41
212 Basarwa (Bushmen) Selections: Basarwa Instrumental Selection - Setinkane (Mbira) Young Masarawa woman recorded in the village of Kang 1:40
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