For the sake of a song

Karra Ngadja-maka Nga-bindja Ngami

CD 1, Track 13

TRACK 13 (Mar88-04-s07) Song 10: Karra Ngadja-maka Nga-bindja-ng Ngami

     
Sung text  Free translation 
yagarra nga mm  Yagarra! Nga mm 
karra ngadja-maka nga-bindja-ng nga-mi  I’m singing for myself 
nye-bindja-ng nya-mu  You sing 

In this song, once again, we hear the words of a song-giving ghost, first explaining that he is singing for his own sake, then commanding the songman to take up the song.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yagarra  nga  mm 
EXCL  SW  SW 

Yagarra! Nga mm

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
karra  ngadja  -maka  nga  -bindja  -ng  nga  -mi 
SW  1MIN.S.PRO  for  1MIN.S  sing  SIM  1MIN.S  sit 

I’m singing for myself

Text phrase 3

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
nye  -bindja  -ng  nya  -mu 
2MIN.IR  sing  SIM  2MIN.IR  sit IR 

You sing

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even) followed by rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

yit ngayi ngayi …ii …nn

nn

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5d (fast uneven triple)

yit ngayi yit ngowe, ngayi yit ngayi yit ngowe …