Peter Cooke Uganda Collection


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  • Subjects

    Gunju or Embaga dance

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Nakivubo Football Stadium, Kampala, Uganda

  • Performers

    Ssempeke, Albert, Unidentified (dancers), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (singers)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Gunju or Embaga dance. This was Cooke's first return visit to Uganda since 1968. Many of the informants were old friends who had survived 19 years of political turmoil and war. Conditions in southern Uganda were bad - the infrastructure of the country was in ruins and manufactured goods were in desperately short supply. Northern Uganda was still at war with the new President of Uganda, Museveni; The 1987 visit was made possible through the generosity of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Travel and Research Committee of the University of Edinburgh. Performance note: Performed near the VIP seating at Nakivubo while awaiting arrival of Ssabataka Ronald Mutebi, heir to the Ganda kingship to open the first of the newly revived inter-clan football matches. Rattles very loud and singer too distant. Recording note: Tape runs out before end of item. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.1.6.

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