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Acknowledgements Preface List of Plates List of Figures Chapter 1 -The Background to the Analysis of the Songs The Venda of the Northern Transvaal Some Basic Definitions and Concepts of Venda Music Musical Instruments The Variety and Meaning of Venda Communal Music Music for Young People in Venda Society 1. Children's songs 2. Play-dances for boys and girls 3. "Amusements" for boys and girls 4. The Venda national dance (tshikona) The Collection of Material for Analysis The Place of Children's Songs in the Venda Musical Repertoire The Social Function of the Children's Songs The Importance of the Words of the Children's Songs Methods of Research The Texts and Musical Transcriptions Chapter 2 -Transcriptions and Texts of Fifty-Six Children's Songs Classed by the Venda as Nyimbo dza vhana Section 1-Songs and Jingles to be Sung During the Day (Nyimbo) Action Songs for Boys (Nyimbo dza vhatukana) 1. A and B Mafhala-tombo (Scraper-of-stones) 2. Tamba-na-gambana (Play with a big snuff-box) 3. Tshihwilili tshanga (My bull-roarer) Action Songs for Girls 4. Tshidula tsha Musingadi! (The little frogs of Musingadi!) 5. Mpheni ndaiyane yanga! (Give me my bangle back!) Songs for Nursing Babies (Nyimbo dza u lela vhana) 6. Thumbu ya tshixele (My nursemaid's stomach) 7. Thoho i a ndemela (My head is too heavy) Action Songs for Girls and Boys (Nyimbo dza vhatukana na vhasidzana) 8. Ndo ima nga thoho (I am standing on my head) 9. Dadamale! A ri kandi fhasi (Walk carefully! We are not falling off) 10. Tsinga ndedede (The line of little children) 11. Khoikhoi (Hop-hop) 12. Nyamulemalema (Madam Bat) Transcriptions of Songs 1-12 Counting Songs for Boys and Girls (Nyimbo dza u vhala) 13. Potilo 14. Uyu ndi nnyi uyu? (This one, who is this one?) 15. La vha gambe-kambe (This one is a child who is beginning to stagger about) 16. Ha matshutshuru-banga 17. Lembe timbiri Transcriptions of Songs, 13-17 Songs of Mockery (Nyimbo dza u goda) for Boys 18. Tsha-mavhende (Mr. Gaps) 19. Mankhaye (Stay-at-home) 20. Dzi a kumba thole (They go off with the weaklings) 21. Dzi tahula tshene (They are removing the weeds) 22. Nnyammeau, Mathora! (To hell with you Mathora!) Songs of Mockery (Nyimbo dza u goda) for Girls 23. Tshitamba na vhasidzana (Little play-with-girls) 24. Tshivhunu tsha mutukana! (The little boy's bottom!) Song of Mockery (Nyimbo dza u goda) for Boys and Girls 25. Vho-Nyadenga vho swa thoho (Vho-Nyadenga has burnt her head) Transcriptions of Songs 18-25 Songs for Boys (Nyimbo dza vhatukana) 26. Kuku gombanani (Fight, you cocks) 27. Uwee Mukukulume! (Cock-a-doodle-doo!) 28. Tambani zwanu (Play with your things) 29. U songo rwa musadzi (Don't beat a woman) 30. Kula ndi nnyi, kula Nkawe? (Who is that little one, Nkawe?) Transcriptions of Songs 26-30 Songs for Girls (Nyimbo dza vhasidzana) 31. Dwana wa Vho-Mavhungu (The child of Vho-Mavhungu) 32. Nzho-nzho govholane (Grasp them firmly) 33. Nandi Munzhedzi haee! (Come here, Munzhedzi!) 34. Inwi haee Nyamudzunga! (Hullo there, Nyamudzunga!) 35. Ndi nnyo ya nwana (It is the penis of the child) 36. Thoho yanga i a rema (My head aches) 37. Inwi Matodzi haee! (Hi there, Matodzi!) 38. Mapengo thi mu funi zwone (I love Mapengo very dearly) Transcriptions of Songs 31-38 Songs for Boys and Girls (Nyimbo dza vhatukana na vhasidzana) 39. Maovhelwa (Storks) 40. Hotsia! (Atishoo!) 41. Funguvhu, tanzwa mulomo! (Crow, wash your mouth!) 42. Kula ndi nnyi ku no nga Rambuda? (Who is that little one who looks like Rambuda?) 43. Mvula (Rain) Transcriptions of Songs 39-43 Section II - Songs for the Evening (Ngano) 44. Nda dadada (I walked along) 45. Kula kwe' Ndi vho-nnyi vhala? (That little one said, Who is that?) 46. Fhano ho da
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