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A Collection of Dinka Songs


  • Bob Ladd (Creator)
  • Bert Remijsen (Creator)
  • Angela Impey (Creator)
  • Elizabeth Achol Ajuet Deng (Creator)
  • Simon Yak Deng Yak (Creator)
  • Peter Malek Ayuel Ring (Creator)
  • John Penn de Ngong (Creator)
  • Tatiana Reid (Creator)
  • Miriam Meyerhoff (Creator)

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PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Temporal coverage1 Jan 2009 - 31 Mar 2012
Date made available24 Sep 2012
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan, Bor, Duk Pajwel, Juba, Kuajok, Melut, Wau


The songs in this collection were recorded and annotated as part of the project 'Metre and Melody in Dinka Speech and Song', a project carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their 'Beyond Text' programme. The project aimed to understand the interplay between traditional Dinka musical forms and the Dinka language (which distinguishes words not just by different consonants and vowels but also by means of rhythm, pitch and voice quality), and to learn more about the way the song tradition responded to the disruptions of the long Sudanese civil war. In this context, we aimed to record a large collection of Dinka songs for preservation in a long-term sound archive. This collection is the result of that effort. It presents song material from 36 Dinka singers and groups of singers.

Data Citation

Remijsen, Bert; Impey, Angela; Ajuet Deng, Elizabeth Achol; Deng Yak, Simon Yak; Ayuel Ring, Peter Malek; Penn de Ngong, John; Reid, Tatiana; Ladd, D. Robert; Meyerhoff, Miriam. (2012). A Collection of Dinka Songs. University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. http://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/155

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