Di[epsilon]t Ke Jiëën Ne Cuëny Thudän / Songs of the Dinka of South Sudan

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Di[epsilon]t Ke Jiëën Ne Cuëny Thudän / Songs of the Dinka of South Sudan


Cormack, Zoe, Yearbook for Traditional Music


AFRICA Diet ke Jiëën ne Cuëny Thudän / Songs of the Dinka of South Sudan. 2012. Published by Angela Impey. Recorded by Elizabeth Achol Ajuet Deng, Simon Yak Deng Yak, and Tatiana Reid. Annotated and produced by Angela Impey. 56-page booklet with annotations in English and Dinka. Transcriptions and translations of lyrics by Mawan Gordon Muortat, Bob Ladd, Angela Impey, Bert Remijsen, Elizabeth Achol Ajuet Deng, Peter Malek, Simon Yak Deng Yak, and John Penn de Ngong. Colour photographs. CD, 20 tracks (68:52). Recorded in South Sudan.

This collection provides fascinating examples of the celebrated song culture of the Dinka of South Sudan. Twenty high-quality recordings showcase the artistry of singers from across the four main dialects of Dinka (Rek, Padan, Agaar, and Bor). The CD comes out of a larger study of Dinka linguistics and song conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (the full collection is deposited in the British Library Sound Archive). As the first comprehensive survey of Dinka songs since the end of a long civil war (1983-2005) it makes an important contribution to the documentation of South Sudanese cultural heritage. …

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