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Collection Index:PLAATJE, Solomon Tshekisho, Recordings, 1923
Collection Name:Solomon Tshekisho PLAATJE, Recordings, 1923
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Collection - A1742
A1742 Solomon Tshekisho PLAATJE, recordings, 1923 
 Copyright 2014, Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
 1 tape made from the original record, 1 CD containing the digital conversion of the tape. 
 Please note:  
 The digitisation of the audio recording in this collection was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation in 2012. 
 The digital copy of the tape copy of the Zonophone record may be accessed by contacting Historical Papers. Please refer to the list of digitised audio material on our website. 
 Reference is made to collection A979/Dc and Df, which contains the original Phonorecord and the leaflet advertising the record made by Sol Plaatje. 
 The recording of songs were made during a visit by Sol Plaatje to the UK, on behalf of the then South African National Native Congress (SANNC later ANC). They were recorded at the studios of the Gramophone Co. Ltd. In Hayes, Middlesex on 16 October 1923.  
 Sol Plaatje, singing, was accompanied by Sylvia Colenso on the piano, the daughter of Francis Ernest Colenso, son of the Bishop of Natal John William Colenso.  
 The record contains the very first recording of "Nkosi Sikelel iAfrica", also listed here as "Hark 'tis the Watchman's Cry". 
 The following songs are included: 
 "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika", also known as "Hark 'tis the Watchman's Cry (Hymn in Sechuana) 
 "Lead Kindly Light" (Hymn in Sechuana) 
 "Pesheya Ko Tukela" (Across the Tugela, a Hlubi folk song) 
 "Singa Mawele" (We are Twins, Dance melody in IsiXhoza) 
 "A band of hard pressed men are we" (Hymn in IsiXhoza) 
 "The Kaffir Wedding Song" (J.K. Bhokwe) (Sung in IsiXhoza)