Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
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Baakisimba dance song
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Ssabataka's country palace near Wobulenzi, Bamunanika, Uganda
Abasaasi (ndingidi), Unidentified (dancers), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (ensaasi), Unidentified (singers)
Item note: Baakisimba dance song. Performance preceded by discussion between recordist and performers. Title of song uncertain. 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: Excellent drumming and lead singer. Duration 5'3". Performer's note: Abasaasi ndingidi player, ensaasi players, drummers and singers and dancers. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.16.3.