Remembering the dead
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These songs come from a genre which is sung as part of the Roo'o festival of the dead held yearly in February by the Cicipu people of northwest Nigeria. There are actually three kinds of songs sang at the Roo'o festival. The first [isipa yi-mĩ́isĩ m-mâi ("songs-of-crying-for-lack")] are whispered to people's ears around the household altar (in the case of a dead man his stick or spear is planted in the ground in front of it), and people will often weep as they sing, remembering the person who has died. It is an old woman who will lead the singing of these songs The women huddle round in a circle, the first will start singing very softly, the second will answer very softly, and so on.
Then the drummer will start with Isipa y-inima (ploughing songs typically sung by drummers and young girls to spur on the men).
Next they will sing Isipa yi-Kadattin, of which this is an example. These are also sung around the altar in remembrance of the dead, but they are sung by everyone.
When the singers have finished these songs, they will place the stick or spear of the dead man in the main dance clearing in the village, and then continue on to other houses in the village where people have died recently and perform the same service.