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Games,gestures and learning in Basotho children's play songs

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dc.contributor.advisor Drury, J.D. (Dr.) en Ntsihlele, Flora Mpho en 2009-08-25T10:56:28Z 2009-08-25T10:56:28Z 2009-08-25T10:56:28Z 2003-12-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Ntsihlele, Flora Mpho (2009) Games,gestures and learning in Basotho children's play songs, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Colonialism in Africa had an impact on the indigenous peoples of Africa and this is shown in some of their games. The purpose of this study is to gain deeper insight into Basotho children's games and to demonstrate that the Western ideas of music and games are not necessarily the same as Basotho folk children's conceptions. The literature on Basotho children's games is reviewed though not much has been contributed by early and present Basotho writers who have generally approached it from the angle of literature without transcribing the songs. The Sesotho word for games (lipapali) embraces entertainment but a further investigation of it shows that aspects of learning of which the children were aware in some cases and in others they were not aware, are present. These are supported by musical examples and texts. The definition of play versus games is treated (with regard to infants and children) and these two concepts are still receiving constant attention and investigation by scholars and researchers as the words are synonymous and can be misleading. Infants' play is unorganised and spontaneous while games are organised structures. Furthermore, play and games are important in child development education. In this study, they are given attention in order to lay the foundation for the understanding and interpretation of games used in both cultures. It is a misconception that African children's games are accompanied with music in the Western sense. Hence, the word `music' in Sesotho children's games takes on a different connotation from those in the West. Music' in Sesotho children's games embraces not only tunes that are sung, but game verses chanted in a rhythmic manner as opposed to spoken verse. Yet, mino (music) exists in Sesotho and is equivalent to the Western idea. These chanted rhythms and games are analysed against the backdrop of specific cultural dimensions for children depending on the function of the game played. The results of this study indicated that though the idea of music in children's games is not the same, games are an educational in character building and learning. Recommendations are made for educationists and music educators. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxii, 302 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African music en
dc.subject Basotho en
dc.subject Basotho folk music en
dc.subject child development en
dc.subject children's games en
dc.subject children's music en
dc.subject children's rhymes en
dc.subject folk music education en
dc.subject games with chanting en
dc.subject primary school music en
dc.subject traditional music education and learning en
dc.subject.ddc 372.96885
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho literature --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho (African people)--Lesotho --Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho (African people)--Lesotho --Music
dc.subject.lcsh Play --Lesotho --Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Folk songs in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Child development --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Music and children --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Music --Lesotho --Physiological effects
dc.subject.lcsh Music in education --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
dc.subject.lcsh Children's songs, Sotho
dc.subject.lcsh Social values --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnomusicology --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Folk literature, Sotho --Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Music --Lesotho --Psychological aspects
dc.title Games,gestures and learning in Basotho children's play songs en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department ART HIST, VIS ARTS and MUSIC en DLITT ET PHIL (MUSICOLOGY) en

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