Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
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'Fox trot' type of dance song.
1968-01-04 to 1968-01-06
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Kuwangola homestead, Patongo village, East Acholi, Uganda
Lukwangole 'Kabaka Yekka' Band, Ogenga, Galdino (singer, male, lukembe), Unidentified (lukembe)
Item note: Fox trot' type of dance song. Inspired by singing style and content of Jim Reeves' ballads. This song is said to be the composition of Jobo Ocea in 1967; sometimes accompanied with an Ajaa (gourd rattle); Girls only used to dance to it, now there is often mixed dancing (an effect of European influences. Often the instruments are amplified with a saucepan; originally a walking instrument, now used for dance; competitions held between playing groups usually during the dry season; 8 songs are the minimum; layout of pitches from L to R are often 1,3,6,9,10,7,6,4,2,5; The lukeme is believed to have come from Madi (West Nile) originally. Myel tum - a popular Lango dance is now also played in Acholi with likeme. Performance note: The slow style of singing (uncharacteristic of Acholi song) is a conscious imitation of his lazy drawl;12 likeme (lamellaphones); Instruments called Lukembe in west Acholi, lukeme in E. (likeme plural); largest: Mine, medium - Ladwong, smallest - Litino. Performer's note: Played by 12 boys; they chose the name of the Band as a joke - nobody in Acholi would be a suppporter of the Buganda-based Kabaka Yekka party. The group has been meeting for practice for 6 years. Galdino Ogenga is 9 years old. Recording note: Recorded at 3 3/4 ips. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG64-8. A13.