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The Folk Rhythm: South African Folk, Church & Protest Songs, Vol. 2 (CDR+DVD)

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The Folk Rhythm: South African Folk, Church & Protest Songs, Vol. 2

Arrangements by Matlakala Bopape, edited by Patty Cuyler, 2005


Note: The Folk Rhythm 2 book is out of print and is now being sold ONLY AS A CDR+DVD BOXED SET. The set includes a cd-rom with the original book as a printable pdf file plus audio teaching & performanc mp3s, and an instructional DVD.

Includes transcriptions,CDRs with performance, pronunciation & practice mp3s for 18 songs, and instructional dance DVD. Also pronunciation guide to major South African languages, and introduction by Matlakala Bopape. 90 pp.

Songs in the Book

  1. Besuka
  2. Di bulegile dikgoro
  3. Ga gona ya swanang le Jesu
  4. Matsogong (Ke bea bophelo byaka)
  5. Melo yelo
  6. Merako ya Jeriko
  7. Mmatswale
  8. Morabaraba
  9. Moratiwa waka
  10. Noyana
  11. Sebakanyana
  12. Tate modimo yo maatla
  13. Thaba chueu
  14. Thato ya gao
  15. Tonic solf-fa/Dibini
  16. Verwoerd
  17. South African National Anthem

    About The Folk Rhythm

    The result of months of collaborative work between Patty Cuyler (Village Harmony) and Matlaka Bopape (Polokwane Choral Society), The Folk Rhythm, Volume I is a choral director’s dream. 16 rich, arresting songs arranged for SATB choir, accompanied by cds to guide choruses toward an “authentic” sound (and, where appropriate, dancing) style.

    One of the main characteristics of South African folk and traditional music is the syncopated nature of rhythms, which often defy the measure system. An accompanying dance often adds a new rhythmic pattern to the mix, with song and dance together forming a complex and not easily defined rhythmic structure.

    Because of this, most songs are best understood through careful listening and close observation if one wants to capture the essence of the performance. Recordings and video therefore accompany Folk Rhythm , to assist in this regard, as notation alone cannot adequately capture all these nuances of the rich South African folk music tradition.