| Lesotho || || Berea || || Basotho || || 1959 || Hugh Tracey |
Language and title:
original language: Sotho
title in original language: Sutha tseleng
title in English: Get out of the way
| type || # performers || instrument (type) || singing voice
| Solo || 1 || (mouth organ)
|| MALE |
function: praise song
length: 1:50 min.
not available online
"The Sound of Africa Series - Sons d'Afrique Series"
Reference AMA. TR-101
"Get out of the way. Don't be frightened by gossip, girls. Gossip is always a storm in a village. Don't change your abode just because somebody says he loves you. You will find people like that wherever you go. A woman is a dog for whom everybody wants to die." The last line seems to mean that just as an owner is ready to die for his dog should anyone molest it, so a man is ready to die for a woman should she be attacked. The player played an empty condensed milk tin picked up off the ground nearby, over the free end of the harmonica, vibrating it to and fro as far as his mouth position would allow, thus producing not only greater resonance to his own ear but a vibrato as well.
Octave reduced tone scale
All pitch candidates
Melodic progress (fragment)