Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Royal Kiganda songs

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    home of Z.K. Matovu, Namirembe, Kampala, Uganda

  • Performers

    Unidentified (singer, female)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: (1) 'Mukwenda' is a royal Kiganda song performed by an old woman living at Namirembe. (2) Song at Kasubi tombs, sung at Kasubi; popular at Okwahye Olumbe. (3) 'Kanisembe omuggo' is a royal Kiganda song; this song is also played by the entenga and other royal ensembles. (4) 'Ku nsiko yaffe (yange)' = 'In my jungle' is a royal Kiganda song popular with royal ensembles, especially flutes and akadinda. (5) 'Talina ndege' is a royal Kiganda song. (6) 'Kiriba kya kinagya' is a royal Kiganda song performed with hand clapping. (7) 'Omusango gwa balere' is a royal Kiganda song. (8) 'Kalyaaka' is a young persons' song with hand claps. (9) 'Akawologoma' = 'The little lion - i.e. the Kabaka' is a royal Kiganda song. (10) Song and questions. This is a fragment of song only, followed by questions of old woman. Performance note: Her singing pitch seems identical with the tuning of Lubiri instruments. Performer's note: Old woman from the palace (aunt of the late Z.K. Matovu). She lived in the Lubiri for most of her life, excepting the last 30 years. Therefore her texts may be of interest. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is on 'TAPE PC 3, TRACK A'.

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