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278                  CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
Chorus:—For so very long, oh, oh, oh! Bana
Singiri, Singiri, Singiri! Oh! Singiri! Solo:—Mirambo has gone to war To fight against the Arabs; The Arabs and Wangwana Have gone to fight Mirambo. Chorus:—Oh, oh, oh, to fight Mirambo, Oh! Mirambo, Mirambo, etc. Solo:—But the white man will make us glad, He is going home! For he is going
home, And he will make us glad! Sh, sh, sh. Chorus:—The white man will make us glad! Sh, sh, sh.
Sh-----sh-h-h-----, sh-h-h-h-h-h
XJm-m—mu—um-m-m—sh !*''
Mr. Stanley says that the rhythm and melody were beautiful, and the general effect fine.
It is curious to contrast this quiet and pathetic farewell with the bombastic "Where are you going to battle now?" previously given; and it is also noticeable, that the power of improvisation which is so well developed in the African Negro, is fully sustained by his descendents in America.
It will be an interesting task to the student to compare the slave-music, especially the camp-meeting songs of the American Negroes, with the various descriptions of songs given above. The same fervor of expression, and gradually growing excitement, and the same exaggeration of feeling will be perceived at once.
• Stanley'!" Hov I found Liringatone " p*f» 622.






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