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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.

on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature

Place/country: Botswana,
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List/Inscriptions 2013 sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente
Type: Documentary
Duration: 10 minutes
Credits: Rampete (director), Bakgatla ba Kgafela (BBK) (publisher),
Published in: 2011

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