For the sake of a song

Lerri (Happy Dance)

CD 2, Track 19

TRACK 19 (Moy62-26-s22 and 23) Song 9: Lerri

     
Sung text  Free translation 
Items 1, 2 and 3 
aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye  Aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye. 
ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane  Ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane 

Barrtjap (chapter 4) and Mandji (chapter 6) also performed lerri ‘happy’ songs, typically entirely in ghost language and performed fast. Muluk performed his lerri song in three different tempi across three items. The first two items are dovetailed in track 19 while track 20 presents item 3. The recording of this track is damaged by fluctuating tape speed. Every effort has been made to correct this since this is the only recording of a lerri song performed in this rhythmic mode.

As always, there were difficulties in transcribing the ghost language vocables, and what is presented here is necessarily tentative.

Song structure summary

Item 1 (Moy62-26-s22)

VOCAL SECTION 1

Melodic section 1

Rhythmic mode 2b (slow even, stick beating suspended)

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

Melodic section 2

Rhythmic mode 2a (slow even)

Text phrases 3-4

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 1

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)

VOCAL SECTION 2

Rhythmic mode 2a (slow even, stick beating suspended)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 2

Rhythmic mode 4* (moderate doubled followed by moderate even)

VOCAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 2a+2b (slow even followed by suspension of beating (in text phrase 2)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 4* (moderate doubled followed by moderate even)

VOCAL SECTION 4

Rhythmic mode 2a+2b (slow even followed by suspension of beating (in text phrase 2)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 4

Rhythmic mode 4e (moderate doubled)

Item 2 (Moy62-26-s23)

VOCAL SECTION 1

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 1

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even).

VOCAL SECTION 2

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 2

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)

VOCAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

aa nyele nye nye nyele nye nye

ade kani yelendaga dagane dagane

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 4a (moderate even)