Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Musical play, part 5 of 6 / Ekizino dance song / Men's recitation and dance song / Soga instrumental song / On the Banks of Allan Water / Flora gave me fairest flowers

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Diplomat Hotel, Uganda

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    Ndere Troupe, Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (rattles)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

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    Item note: Continuation of musical play. Ekizino dance song of Ankole (Nkore), ends with some omukuri flute playing. Nkore men's recitation worked into the dialogue. Men's dance song of Nkore, incorporating flute playing. Fade out in the middle of the song for a while (a long item). Dialogue with drunk. Soga instrumental song. On the Banks of Allan Water. Flora gave me fairest flowers. 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: Soga instrumental song: Large ensemble featuring 5 bow harps, 3 flat rattles, embaire (xylophone) 3 endingidi (tube fiddles), 3 pan-pipes, 2 soga milele (flutes), 1 budongo (thumb piano), some of the instruments given short solo spots. On the Banks of Allan Water: Sung accompanied. Batteries beginning to go flat - but pitch change is probably a result of the choir going sharp! Chromatic movement near the end poorly managed. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.10.

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