Shangana-Tsonga drum and bow rhythms

Thomas F. Johnston

Abstract


There are exactly four types of Tsonga drum, and four types of bow, and the prevalence of their sounds in Tsongaland outweighs that of any other musical instrument. The former are played mostly by women, the latter mostly by men, and the social role of each instrument is in sharp contrast to that of the other

Keywords


Musical meter and rhythm -- South Africa ; Percussion music -- South Africa ; Tsonga (African people) -- Music

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21504/amj.v5i1.1151

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