Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
General crowd noise and distant drumming
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Praise singing to Baakisimba dance rhythms
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Nakivubo Football Stadium, Kampala, Uganda
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: Recorded 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. Many other clans with their drummers are coming into the ground to meet their prince to the cheers and applause of the audience. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.1.4.