Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Enyumba ya Saba (the house of Baba) - Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:12

  • Cultures

    Soga

  • Shelf mark

    C4/40

  • Recording date

    1954-09-03

  • Recording locations

    Gadumire, Uganda

  • Performers

    Kadama, Eriya (solo singer, male), unidentified (male chorus; ndege pellet bells)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

  • Description

    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 54.338. Background story from available documentation: In pre-European days the wives of "big men" used to "throw" their knives to decide the space used to construct a house One Saba threw the knife very far, and the house was called Kalegere. The house was built on the land belonging to the neighbouring Saza chief Zibondo. The song says "This will be the death of Nabwana, Zibondo will of course kill him". Somewhat muddled but this is the story that was provided. Performer notes: Olukudhe group of Gadumire. The pellet bell (ndege) is handled like castanets: a pair is held by a man in his right hand. The castanets beat a steady pulse.

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Enyumba ya Saba (the house of Baba) - Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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