Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection
Etsinyimba no kwefuga. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings
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Kigezi [just above Lake Victoria, to the north-east], Uganda
Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984
unidentified (solo singer, reciter, male)
Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 54.902
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The title (more properly spelled Ekinimba n'okwevuga) means 'Ekinimba (flute) and recitation. The ekinimba is a long two-holed deeply notched flute made from the flower stalk of the Giant Lobelia - a rain forest shrub - and a popular instrument once among the (ba)Kiga. 'Okwevuga' to perform a special kind of recitation (often on historic or epic subjects though sometimes familial also) delivered with a high loud voice at top speed - a genre common to both Bakiga and Banyankore. It is customary for the audience to vocally applaud at the end by crying out 'Eee!'
Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 13/10/2011 17:30:00