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Thread #99389   Message #1980412
Posted By: Charley Noble
26-Feb-07 - 08:20 PM
Thread Name: African Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African Folk Songs
Azizi-

You've mentioned Jeromy Taylor above and in that context some of the songs in his fold opera Wait a Minute were probably traditionally based. My recordings are inaccessable right now, being recorded on 7-inch reel to reel casettes. But one of the songs, I believe, was a Zula war chant with the title "Zeka Pai." It's odd that I'd remember this one after all these years.

Zeka pai, zeka pai, zoh-me-sali-lah,
Zeka pai, zeka pai, zoh-me-sali-lah;
Zinga be-hynd, zoh-me-sali-lah,
Zinga be-hynd, zoh-me-sali-lah;
Zi-tour, zi-tour, zoh-me-sali-lah,
Zi-tour, zi-tour, zoh-me-sali-lah;
Zinga be-hynd, zoh-me-sali-lah,
Zinga be-hynd, zoh-me-sali-lah!

I do have some folk songs from the Gurage people of Ethiopia but they may not be of general interest.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble