Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

To pa lacan atura = A poor man's death is a sudden death

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:39

  • Cultures

    Acholi

  • Shelf mark

    C23/14

  • Subjects

    Lyel song (for funeral dances)

  • Recording date

    1968-01-04 to 1968-01-06

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Pakwelo, Gulu, Northern Province, Uganda

  • Performers

    Kidi, Aloni (singer, male, nanga), Unidentified (singers, male)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Lyel song (for funeral dances). Performance note: Accompanied by Nanga and by beating of fingers on bowl resonator (fingers were used because no wire brushes were available) Performer's note: Old villager of the Lakwa clan, patongo. Recording note: Recorded at 3 3/4 ips. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG64-8.19.A5.

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African Harmony: *Vocals use parallel dyads such as 4ths, octaves and 3rds throughout (inorder of frequency and audibility). initially @0:00 in sang in unison? 3rds? definately parallel 4ths can be heard. (harmonies are feint difficult to hear). *Vocals chorus @0:59 homophonic parallelism in 4ths can be heard in the vocal chorus. *Vocal chorus @2:00 becomes a combination of unisons/octaves and 4ths. Uses of the minor 3rd interval can be heard at various points in the song. indicating that singers had a choice of notes. But how would they know what notes would be appropriate to use as harmony? The scalar source provides all note options avallible to the musican which he can use to harmonize melodies. *harmony in the lyre includes the following concepts: -pedal notes (the tenor voice) -inherent patterns (the highest voice and the lowest voice) -parallel dyad lines (broken 4ths)

Posted by Daniel Jones, Researcher on 19/03/2019 02:14:00