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Songs Of The Bagobogobo ('skin Wearers') And Bakomyaluume ('Dew Steppers') Competitive Farming Associations

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When people moved away from the dense villages to dispersed settlements to start cash crop production, an expansion of the cotton labor force was required. The traditional kisumba association could not keep up with the demands for labor, so other associations which specialized in cotton farming, like the bagobogobo and bakomyaluume, moved into the void. One of the most well known dance genres in the Sukuma region today, bugobogobo has captured the attention of many Tanzanians. A common aspect of bugobogobo and bukomyaluume songs is their dual utility, as both farming songs and competitive songs. Their songs are typically associated with medicinal arts such as gathering and preparing medicines, praise of their ancestral groups such as the bakhonongo, and humorous dance competition polemics aimed at their rivals.

Keywords: bugobogobo songs; bukomyaluume songs; competitive farming associations; Sukuma region



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