Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Discussion about the existing royal musicians and the royal entamiivu xylophone

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

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    Ndese village, Katikamu, Uganda

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    Cooke, Peter

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    Cooke, Peter (male), Kikonyogo, Tom (male), Kiyovu (male)

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    Item note: Peter Cooke questions Tom and Kiyovu about various former palace musicians and their whereabouts. Discussion on the royal amadinda follows - the actual keys are at the royal tombs at kasubi. Discussion then on the drummers associated with the xylophone (entamiivu) and on historical derivations of the term entamiivu. 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. Performer's note: Tom Kikonyogo is the son of Blasio Busulwa, former flute player of king. Recording note: Begins being recorded at 3 3/4 ips. Speed is changed during this interview back to 7 1/2 ips. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.15.1.

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