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Title: In search of meaning: an analysis of VaRemba songs in the context of their Komba rite of passage ceremony
Authors: Rusero, Leah
Keywords: VaRemba songs
Cultural music
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Midlands State University
Abstract: The main aim of this study was to analyse VaRemba Komba songs in Mahohoma village in Mberengwa. The qualitative study employed different data collection instruments like interviews and observation to gather much needed data in the compilation of this research. Information gathered using the mentioned data collection tools yielded the success of this research where data was analysed and presented accordingly. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and these were directed to the Komba initiates. Komba songs were gathered from the culture bearers and were transcribed so that readers understand. The study revealed the meaning of the songs used by VaRemba Komba during their ritual ceremony. Komba is an initiation school for girls in which every Remba woman attends. This initiation school is meant to prepare women hood and it also serve to pass their tradition from one generation to the other. I found out that Komba songs have got some hidden meanings because they want to keep privacy of their cultural practice. I also discovered that the majority of these initiates rush into marriage because of this practice. The study therefore recommends that Komba leaders should also have songs that inculcate disadvantages of early marriages in these girls.
Appears in Collections:Bsc Music And Musicology Honours Degree

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