Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
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Enswezi (healing) song
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Maganda's village, near Iganga, Busoga, Uganda
Maganda's musicians, Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (singers)
Item note: Enswezi (healing) 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: Has an exciting start with a short recitation to accompaniment of the small drum. Good mixture of drumming and good balance between soloist and others. Soloist has typical "hoarse" singing style of the Soga. Fairly short duration. Performer's note: Maganda's musicians. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.24.4.