Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Musical play, part 6 of 6 / Two Kinyoro songs / Monologue / Chinese song / Kiganda baakisiimba song
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Diplomat Hotel, Uganda
Adolu, Zadok (singer, male), Ndere Troupe
Item note: Continuation of musical play. Two Kinyoro songs, Monologue, Chinese song, Kiganda baakisiimba song. 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: Kinyoro songs followed by dancing with leg rattles etc. Monologue: Maanaku the drunk admits that he has learned a lesson during his sleep - that he should respect his culture "Culture is the backbone of society." (Cheers!) Chinese song sung by Zadok Adolu (who had learned it during a cultural visit to China) accompanied on xylophone and drums and a flute. Manaku decides to return to his father and repent. Kiganda baakisiimba song accompanied by horn, drums and rattles. Rather fast for the drummer to establish the correct rhythm. Break in recording at this point followed by change into another song of which only parts are recorded as the performers dance off stage so as to be able to record the end of the musical play on this tape. Followed by a little applause. A long performance - nearly 5 hours! Compere apologises for those who came late because of what they might have missed. Says it is their wish to promote Uganda culture. Tape runs out at very end after parts of the closing speech have been cut. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.11.