At least that’s what I guess the Ndirande Pitch Crooners are singing in Elube, which for obvious reasons I take to be a (satirical?) song about lapdogs. The guy I knew whose knowledge of Bantu languages might have been sufficient to enable transcription and translation, and who may well have seen the singers in the Soweto-like slums on the outskirts of Blantyre where I assume the song was born in the 1950s, is no longer with us. So if anyone else has a clue, please… At the very least you’ll get a recording of the version accompanied by barrel organ.
- Where did Petersburg’s organ-grinders go in winter?
I fear only some of them migrated with the swallows. Featuring Boris Sadovskoy, Yuri Norstein, Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov and Gogol.
- The true story, never revealed, of the barrow organ
There’s more to this eggcorn than Somerset genius.
- Sister Mary and the Bird
Translations from Welsh and Yiddish revealing ornithomancy amongst the 19th century north Welsh and Jewish Lithuanians.
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.
- Stalin’s organ works
But all its pipes are the same length, so it only plays one note. Plus totalitarian musical dogs and terror management studies.