Mama ndaswelindawo ngendaba - Mother, I am short of accommodation on account of the news (Xhosa/Gcaleka - recorded in 1967)
The girl playing this mouth bow whistles out of the side of her mouth as well as resonating the notes in the usual manner. She used the open string and a stopped note, stopping it with her thumbnail and first finger. The use of this indigenous instrument and its style of music explains the ease with which Gcaleka people take to the small concertina. The harmonies produced in the mouth being on the true harmonic series makes the transition to the concertina a simple matter for simple tunes.
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