Inkulu in ezakwenzeka - Something very bad is about to happen
(Xhosa/ Ngqika - recorded in 1957)
The woman held the bow vertical in her left hand near the end, and stopped the open string between her first finger and thumb at a spot about 3" from the node. She beat the string with a thin light stick about I8" long and pressed the sound resonator to her chest high up near the left shoulder. The bow emitted two notes only a tone apart, to which she sang very softly.
Sampled by Shawn Lee and Das Kapital on 'Beating Heart - South Africa' - lnk.to/BH-SASo
With kind permission from the International Library of African Music, Beating Heart works with artists to sample and remix Hugh Tracey's incredible archive. Proceeds from the South Africa album support gender equality in South Africa through the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as helping to teach music production skills to kids at Grahamstown’s Access Music Project.