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Traditional folk music of Bakgatla ba Kgafela. ©UNESCO 2011
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Traditional folk music of Bakgatla ba Kgafela

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Language(s): Bantu languages

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Bakgatla ba Kgafela

Dikopelo is a form of competitive choral singing and dancing performed by the Bakgatla ba Kgafela during the festive season and at social events. A communal practice involving women, men and children, the songs celebrate their shared history and culture and convey messages about social issues, including cultural practices and beliefs, socio-economic and political developments, violence, poverty, HIV and AIDS, and political corruption. Transmission is weakening, however, as a result of increased migration to cities and the prevalence of popular music.

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Place/Country: Botswana
Series: 2012 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Author/Personalities: Rampete, director.
Production: Bakgatla ba Kgafela (BBK), producer.
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Rights/Droits: S. O. Rampete; Bakgatla ba Kgafela

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