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Lenyalo la Badimo (The Wedding of Ancestors): Music in familial and community healing rituals

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This short report is based on an actual ritual event that took place in a village 60 kilometers outside Pretoria, South Africa. The description of the event explores ways in which music plays a central role in healing rituals within familial and communal groups.

Keywords: community; healing; music; ritual

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Development Bank of Southern Africa and Department of Musicology, University of South Africa.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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