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Hlahlasolle

This song relates to an earlier one, Nonyana Se-nya-mafi (JPM066) which is based on a folksong about a ‘milk-secreting bird’ and is a warning to children about not listening to people who distract them with prattle. The ‘roamer’ of the present song, JPM076, is also a bird, and is identified with the ‘prattler’ of that one through birds’ ability to produce ‘milk’; but whereas in Se-nya-mafi the milk represents something dangerously seductive, in Hlahlasolle it denotes ‘nice things’. The bird in this case, which the text rather cryptically says is a vulture but not a vulture, seems to be a migrant bird of the kind that can be seen flying in formation in Spring and Autumn in southern Africa, almost certainly from Europe.

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