Ukucela ingqula (We ask that our voice be heard)

  • Joseph Ntwanambi


Ukucel’ ingqula is a song for umngqungqo, the women’s dance at girl’s initiation. As is usual in Xhosa traditional songs, many of the words are exclamations. The pertinent texts are the title: Ukucela ingqula, “to ask that our voice be heard,” i.e. please listen to us; Hohoyo … zintombi he: (it is) the girls… Similar texts are sung several times. The lyrics tell us that a girl needs to be initiated, and speaks to her father.
How to Cite
Ntwanambi, J. “Ukucela Ingqula (We Ask That Our Voice Be Heard)”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 10, no. 1, Nov. 2015, doi:

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