For the sake of a song

Walakandha No. 8a (RM 5c)

TRACK 6 (?Hodd82-s01) Song i-b: Walakandha No. 8a [113]

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
karra walakandha kimi-nginanga-wurri kavulh-akarra walakandha  The Walakandha has always sung to me and I can't stop himKarra walakandha 

Here Thomas Kungiung performs the text of ‘Walakandha No. 8’ (see also track 1) in the first of two different rhythmic modes—the songs are thus labelled 8a and 8b. The listener can easily perceive the differences in tempo and organization of clapstick beating between the two songs presented here and in track 7 (see further details in the music analysis section of this chapter).

In both tracks 6 and 7, renditions of text phrase 2 descend into the lower octave. This is another feature typical of Kungiung’s style of performance here and into the golden age.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
karra  walakandha  kimi  -nginanga  -wurri  kavulh  -a 
SW  walakandha  3MIN.S.R do   1MIN.ADVERS  towards speaker  3MIN.S.R lie  PERF 

The Walakandha has always sung to me and I can't stop him

Melodic section 2 (descends to lower octave)

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
karra  walakandha 
SW  walakandha 

Walakandha!

INSTRUMENTAL SECTONS 1-3

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)