Kenneth Gourlay Uganda Collection


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  • Cultures

    Karamojong (Jie)

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0006137 (copy of C105/10)

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    Ken Gourlay collection

  • Recording locations

    Wertakau village, east of Kotido, Karamoja, Uganda

  • Recordist

    Oduka, Ahmed

  • Description

    Recorded outdoors by Ahmed Oduka as continuation of the African Studies Programme visit to Karamoja. Notes and data by Ken A Gourlay. Women's group: Jie Song for Elilea dance, normally sung by men and women, here by women only. O emoru Nakapelimoru - O rock of Nakapelimoru; Liliri jie - the alarum has reached Jie; Anom alakari ngajie - (When the rock) burns, the Jie will be happy; Eru Najie emoru ye - all Jie salutes the rock; Nakapelimoru - of Nakapelimoru; Eruo / Lokanyum / emoru ye / lokasi / lokapel / emoru ye nakapelimoru - The killing place of enemies / that other mountain / another fighting place / Lokapel Rock / salutes the rock of Nakapelimoru. The whole of Karamoja is sprinkled with rocky outcrops (inselbergs) of various sizes, many of which have ritual significance. Wertakau Village is situated in the shelter of Nakapelimoru, i.e. Nakapel Rock (moru). The rock is said to burn either because the enemy has been killed or from the kindling of ritual fire. The latter would, however, be more probable at Moru Ewur at Losilau; Note of performance by John Blacking: 'The women stood in a half-circle, jigging up and down, every now and then one advanced into the centre towards the mikes, brandishing the left arm'. The 'up-and-down' movement is typical of the elilea dance which is now almost extinct. Brandishing of the left arm is a means of offering a challenge to someone, usually to demonstrate their ability in dancing.

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