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Nginimb-andja (2 items)

TRACK 4 (Rei74-01-s19) Song iv: Nginimb-andja [108] (Two items)

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
aa yene yeneaa karra nginimb-andja kudinggi meri ngindji-nginanga-wurri kuniny kan-gu  Aa yene, yeneAa, who are these strangers who keep staring at me and don't recognise me?  

In this song, a Walakandha expresses suspicion about an approaching stranger. One of the duties of the Walakandha dead is to protect their living descendents, and they are notoriously hostile to outsiders who have not been properly introduced to them or their country. Interlopers are likely to be physically or sexually assaulted, or to have unfortunate accidents visited upon them.

Wangga Image

Edward Nemarluk, John Chula and Tommy Moyle dancing as suspicious Walakandha, Wadeye 1988 (see Marett, 2005, p 99). (Photo by Mark Crocombe)

In this track two items are dovetailed, that is, the didjeridu begins item 2 before the stick beating for item 1 has been completed. The non-final instrumental sections have the same form as in ‘Walakandha No. 6’ (track 2).

Song structure summary

Item 1

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-4

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yene  yene 
SW  SW  SW 

A yene, yene

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
SW 

A

   
karra  nginimb-andja  kudinggi  meri   ngindji  -nginanga  -wurri  kuniny  kan  -gu 
SW  who-true  3AUG.S.R look   person  another  1MIN.ADVERS  towards speaker  3AUG.S.R walk  near DEIC  DTOP 

Who are these strangers who keep staring at me and don't recognise me?

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1 - 3 (non-final)

Rhythmic mode 5*

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 4 (final)

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)

Item 2

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
aa  yene  yene 
SW  SW  SW 

Aa Yene, yene

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
aa 
SW 

Aa

   
karra  nginimb-andja  kudinggi  meri   ngindji  -nginanga  -wurri 
SW  who-true  3AUG.S.R look   person  another  1MIN.ADVERS  towards speaker 

Who are these strangers who keep staring at me

   
kuniny  kan  -gu 
3AUG.S.R walk  near DEIC  DTOP 

and don't recognise me?

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2 (non-final)

Rhythmic mode 5*

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3 (final)

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)