From Hugh Tracey’s field notes:
Se Bana wa Lela - "Don't Cry Baby"
(Tswana/Tlharo - recorded in 1959)
Self delectative song with one stringed Nokokwane bow.
"Don't cry baby!
The water parui have dried up
My father and mother died and I had no-one to advise me.
"My Uncle gave me a brown cow
Which, if it rains, will give me a pailful (of milk)
Don’t boast of your lover. Boast of your husband.
One doesn't boast of a thief."
The instrument is played by both men and women. When asked when they play these songs, the answer was: "Any time---when we feel lonely."
Sampled by Desert Sound Colony on 'Beating Heart - South Africa' - lnk.to/BH-SASo
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