For the sake of a song

Dhembedi?ndjen

CD 6, Track 26

TRACK 26 (Kof86-01/2-s12) Song 13: Dhembedi–ndjen [135]

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
karra walakandha dhembedi-ndjen ngumbu-vup-nimkarra walakandha dhembedi-ndjen ngumbu-vup-nimaa  Walakandha, let’s all get going nowWalakandha, let’s all get going nowAa 

A Walakandha, in the course of giving Martin Warrigal Kungiung this song, tells him that both the living and the dead now need to bring the song into the world (by rendering it as a wangga song fit to be performed in ceremony). This is a perfect description of how the living and the dead collaborate to produce songs.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
karra  walakandha  dhembedi  -ndjen  ngumbu  -vup  -nim 
SW  walakandha  walk  now  1/2AUG.S.IR.go  set off  AUG 

Walakandha, let’s all get going now

Text phrase 3

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
aa 
SW 

Aa

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)