Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Musenze Alanda / Ndigenda ne Munnange
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Praise singing to Baakisimba dance rhythms
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Nakivubo Football Stadium, Kampala, Uganda
Ssempeke, Albert, Unidentified (amadinda), Unidentified (dancers), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (endongo), Unidentified (ensaasi), Unidentified (ndingididi), Unidentified (singers)
Item note: Praise singing to Baakisimba dance rhythms. This was Cooke's first return visit to Uganda since 1968. Many of the informants were old friends who had survived 19 years of political turmoil and war. Conditions in southern Uganda were bad - the infrastructure of the country was in ruins and manufactured goods were in desperately short supply. Northern Uganda was still at war with the new President of Uganda, Museveni; The 1987 visit was made possible through the generosity of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Travel and Research Committee of the University of Edinburgh. Performance note: Performed near the VIP seating at Nakivubo while awaiting arrival of Ssabataka Ronald Mutebi, heir to the Ganda kingship to open the first of the newly revived inter-clan football matches. Begins with endongo (lyre) and ndingididi (one-stringed tube fiddle) for 59" then musicians pause to tune up and carry on for another 7'32". Drums and small amadinda xylophone played by one small boy and rattles complete the ensemble in the second part. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.1.3.