home of informant, Ibaare village near Kitabi, Nkore, western Uganda
Magyezi, Fred (umwirongi)
Item note: Kaki tari dance piece. Flute made from dried flower-spike of the giant lobelia found in the upper rain forests of this region. The spike is simply cut to length (it is already thin walled and hollow) and U-shaped notch burned in the wide end for an end-blown embouchure and four holes burned in as stops near the distal end. Magyezi considered this was a well tuned flute. Peter Cooke bought it from him as he had plenty of materials for making others (local scholar, researcher and musician B.K.Mubangizi had brought the materials). Burning of holes is done with a glowing twig which is blown on to maintain red hot end. Performance note: Played solo on umwirongi flute; Played on the flute he had just made. Performer's note: Iru farmer of Nkore people. Recording note: Recorded with Stellavox and Sennheiser omni microphones, 7/12ips stereo. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG90.1.1.
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