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Embaga (wedding dance)
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
outside Bridegroom's house, Bukoloota village, Bugerere, Uganda
Ssempeke, Albert (ndingidi), Unidentified (dancers), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (madinda)
Item note: Embaga (wedding dance). 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: Played under covered compound area in front of bridal party seated among a gathering of relatives, friends and spectators. Musicians had arrived very late after playing for the Ssabataka celebrations and then driving some 40 miles in a pick-up truck to Bukoloota arriving around 9 pm. Recording note: Short fragment only. Balance not good. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.2.2.