Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Endara xylophone tuning

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Mutiti, Bundibugyo, Bwamba, Uganda

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    Unidentified (endara)

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    Cooke, Peter

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    Cooke, Peter (male)

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    Item note: Tuning of Endara (Konzo xylophone): 12 stave log xylophone resting on banana stems, no resonators, roughly hewn, no special shape or size (i.e. irregular); thick end or 'matooke' (banana) stem at high end (not as in Ganda). They tune like solfah (according to informants); stave 7 interchanged with stave 6 afterwards by rearrangement of tuning. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is on TAPE PC 11, TRACK A, item no. 1.

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Documentation should be amended to read. Item note: tuning of endara (konzo xylophone from Kakuka village: 9 staves (10th stave present but not sounded but used instead as a seat). Staves, roughly hewn and of no special shape or size resting on banana stems; no resonators. Highest staves were placed over the thick ends of the banana trunks (not over the thin ends as elsewhere in Uganda). Stave 7 exchanged for stave 6 afterwards. Musicians said "They tune like sol-fah" (i.e. should sound a heptatonic scale). Recordist's note: item no. PCUG64-8.11.A1.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 01/12/2011 11:01:00