oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Hidden words of the prophet: Texts appearing in traditional versions of the songs of Ntsikana
|Article Title||Hidden words of the prophet: Texts appearing in traditional versions of the songs of Ntsikana|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Musicology, University of Fort Hare|
|Publication Date||Nov 1998|
|Pages||342 - 357|
|Keyword(s)||Circle singing, Music transcriptions, Pattern of the song, Rhythm cycle, Song lines, Texts, The ""Great Hymn"", Three-beat pattern, Traditional versions, Translations and Xhosa music|
Ntsikana, the prophet, or St Ntsikana, as he was known to his followers, was the first Xhosa Christian and missionary to his own people, It is possible that Ntsikana composed a number of songs for worshipping with his disciples. It is also possible that he composed only one song which was sung in different ways. It is extremely difficult to trace the text lines of the songs and the history cif the song texts, since his music survived by oral tradition until 57 years after his death in 1821.
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