08 June 2004

Re: Lithothokiso (Praise Poetry)

Sometime ago we spoke about praise poetry, and about it being a performance. Here's a video clip of a praise poet from Lesotho reciting The Griffith Poem. You'll need Real Audio to view and hear this, although WMP may also suffice. The folks at Ohio State University where this is hosted say,

As with many societies, the history and culture of southern Africa is embedded in an oral literary tradition where information is passed from one generation to the next orally, and where what is spoken is just as important as how it is delivered. The message is in the performance and the audience interaction as much as it is in the words.

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