For the sake of a song

Djappana

CD 4, Track 21

TRACKS 19-22 (Mar91-05-s04) Song 11: Djappana

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
djappana rdinyale rdinyale djappana(repeated)ya  Djappana rdinyale rdinyale Djappanaya 

Lambudju’s comments are as follows: ‘I just said that’s the name of the place, Djappana. Djappana is near tjine rakje [‘what’s that place?’] the mouth of the Daly River, that Djappana, that’s the name of the place. I just keep on repeating it, same word all the way.’ Ruby Yarrowin, an Emmi speaker, told us that Djappana is on the northern shore of the Daly River.

Lambudju sings the song almost identically on all four tracks, except that on track 22 he adds a third vocal and instrumental section.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-2

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-4

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
djappana  rdinyale  rdinyale  djappana 
place name  SW  SW  place name 

Djappana rdinyale rdinyale Djappana

Text phrase 5

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
ya 
SW 

ya

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)