For the sake of a song

Nga-ngat-pat-pa Mangalimba

CD 1, Track 25

TRACK 25 (Mar97-04-s07) Song 19: Nga-ngat-pat-pa Mangalimba

                 
Sung text  Free translation 
nga-ngat-pat-pa mangalimba  Nga-ngat-pat-pa Mangalimba 
nga-ngat-pat-pa mangalimba  Nga-ngat-pat-pa Mangalimba 
yagarra nye-bindja-ya nye-bindja-ya  Yagarra! You sing, you sing 
yagarra nye-bindja-ya  Yagarra! You sing 
bangany nye-bindja-ya  You sing the song 
yagarra nye-bindja-ya  Yagarra! You sing 
(nga-ngat-pat-pa)  (Nga-ngat-pat-pa) 
ii bangany-nye nye-bindja-ya nye-bindja-ya  Ii! You sing the song, you sing 
bangany nye-bindja-ya  You sing the song 

Although this song was composed by Tommy Barrtjap, he was never recorded singing it. This performance is by his son, Kenny Burrenjuck, for whom it was a favorite. Mangalimba is the name of a woman. The word ‘nga-ngat-pat-pa’ is said to be just for song, but it is unlike any other vocables that we have encountered, and like ‘rinyala’ (song 4, tracks 5 and 6) it sounds like, but isn’t, a Batjamalh word. This lively performance was recorded at the launch of Lysbeth Ford’s Batjamalh Dictionary at Belyuen.

Wangga Image Figure 4.5 Kenny Burrenjuck singing for the launch of Lysbeth Ford’s Batjamalh dictionary, Belyuen, 1997. Photograph by Linda Barwick, reproduced with the permission of Belyuen community.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-2

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
nga-ngat-pat-pa  mangalimba 
SW  person's name 

Nga-ngat-pat-pa Mangalimba

Text phrase 3

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ya  nye  -bindja  -ya 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SW  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

Yagarra! You sing, you sing

Text phrases 4

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ya 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

Yagarra! You sing

Text phrase 5

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
bangany  nye  -bindja  -ya 
song  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

You sing the song

Text phrase 6

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ya 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

Yagarra! You sing

Text phrase 7 (vocal section 2 only)

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
nga-ngat-pat-pa 
SW 

Nga-ngat-pat-pa

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 8

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
ii  bangany  -nye  nye  -bindja  -ya 
SW  song  SW  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

Ii! You sing the song, you sing

Text phrase 9

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ya  nye  -bindja  -ya 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SW  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

Yagarra! You sing, you sing

Text phrases 10

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
bangany  nye  -bindja  -ya 
song  2MIN.IR  sing  SW 

You sing the song

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

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