Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Endege zina abaaza abaami n'abakyala - The pellet bells
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Baakisimba dance song
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Ssabataka's country palace near Wobulenzi, Bamunanika, Uganda
Nabuunya, Fatuma (singer, female), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (rattles), Unidentified (singers, female and male)
Item note: Baakisimba dance 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: A good singer and drumming also excellent. Some dancing while singing. Duration approx 6'20". Performer's note: Fatuma Nabuunya (Engeye clan) and friends (members of the Namwejja - Kasubira club of women singers). The group had been "registered" to the palace. They are becoming an official group of the Bamunika palace. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.16.2.