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Thread #79655   Message #1447671
Posted By: Joe Offer
31-Mar-05 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: ADD: Somagwaza (lyrics & tune)
Thanks for the reminder, Rich. In his Incompleat Folksinger, Pete Seeger says nothing about the verses. He says he adapted the song from a book called African Folk Songs, a 1947 book by Joseph Maselwa and Rev. H.C.N. Williams. the book was republished in the U.S. in 1960 as Choral Folksongs of the Bantu.

In the introduction to the song, Seeger says:
Here is Seeger's interpretation of the lyrics. I have them marked parts 1, 2, and 3, and they are played in that order on the first MIDI. the second MIDI puts them together.

Click to play

Click to play (harmony)