Sounds of South Africa
People & Language:

 

Khoisan Mother
Lullaby - Extinct


Ku|khaasi was a South African Khoisan language containing clicks, represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet as [!] or [|] (there are different kinds of clicks). It was spoken in South Africa as late as 1936. Ku|khaasi is no longer spoken or sung to infants. This is a recording made in Johannesburg that year. It contains the first part of a Ku|khaasi lullaby, as sung and spoken by a woman named Kabara. You can hear the gurgles of her baby, Matabab, in the background.

 

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