Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Olwaleero / Three wedding dances
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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). Continuation of wedding dances. 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: Very hot drumming with much cheering of dancers. Many sections up to 8'04" than after a break continues for further 45". No drums in this item. Duration 2'0". Very good presence. Ndingidi continuing; Lyre and voice enter again; Followed by a tune up to the xylophone. Numerous danced sections and cheering. Recording note: Tape runs out at 10'10". Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this isPCUG87.4.1-4.4.