Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Namwirema son of Bwayo. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:46

  • Cultures

    Gishu [Lugisu (Gishu): dialect of Masaba]

  • Shelf mark

    C4/48

  • Recording date

    1954-10-13

  • Recording locations

    Buluceke, Uganda

  • Performers

    unidentified (2 flutes)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

  • Description

    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 54.531. From available documentation: Namwirema is a name belonging to Bwayo's clan - a celebrating song. Performer notes : From available documentation: Group of youths dancing and stamping their feet. From Peter Cooke: The lead performer here is probably Namwiremi so this song could be self-praise. His and his co-players' flutes are known as khimilele [sing. khumulele). The notch is rectangular rather than V-shaped as with many notched flutes and each flute has only two fingerholes. The players insert their notes in between their singing of short phrases. They were/are played in pairs, especially at weddings with the two musicians combining their flute notes in complex hockets. Each flute has only two fingerholes. For other examples search for Namwiremi in Peter Cooke's collection on this website.

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The lead performer here is probably Namwiremi so this song could be self-praise. His and his co-player's flutes are known a khumulele (pl. khimilele). The notch is rectangular rather than V-shaped as with many notched flutes and each flute has only two fingerholes . The players insert their notes in between their singing of short phrases. They were/are played in pairs, especially at weddings with the two musicians combining their flute notes in complex hockets. Each flute has only two fingerholes. For another example see my two recordings at C23.3 where Namwiremi also plays. Colour photos are available for both Wachsmann's and my recordings.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 09/11/2010 21:20:00

Namwirema son of Bwayo. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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