Traditional Music


Singing The Song: Women's Music Of Africa19970928

In African traditional music, the musical role of women is to sing rather than to play instruments, but there are exceptions.

In the first of two programmes, Janet Topp-Fargion presents examples of both kinds of women's music-making in repertoires, life-cycle rites, and dances associated with women.

Includes recordings of Baka Pygmy women sending the men off to the hunt, a girl's initiation dance in Zanzibar, Odu praise songs from Zulu song with musical bow.