Umngqokolo: Xhosa overtone singing and the song nondel'ekhaya

Authors

  • David Dargie University of Fort Hare, Alice

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v7i1.1928

Abstract

This type of gruff singing ‘vocal percussion’ is also used by young men in the Lumko district, but there is another kind of umngqokolo — that used by women and girls — which is a form of overtone singing. At the time of writing (1985), Lumko Missiological Institute was situated at Lumko Mission, 12 kilometres south of Lady Frere, which is a small town some 48 kilometres east of the Cape Province town of Queensland. The name “Lumkoâ€, which means ‘wisdom’, is in fact the name of the family which once owned Lumko as part of their farm.

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Published

2017-07-12

How to Cite

Dargie, David. 2017. “Umngqokolo: Xhosa Overtone Singing and the Song nondel’ekhaya”. African Music : Journal of the International Library of African Music 7 (1):33-47. https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v7i1.1928.