Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Gwemusota gwe ngoo = You are the snake, you are the leopard
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Royal omubala (clan rhythm)
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Ssabataka's country palace near Wobulenzi, Bamunanika, Uganda
Sozi, Leewo Sitaata (drum)
Item note: Royal omubala (clan rhythm). The words are provided by the local chief. 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: The player beats the rhythm out many times, shouting "Yaa!" in between groups of rhythms. (photographed) Performer's note: Leewo Sitaata Sozi (Prince's royal drum player) one of the abatenga. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.16.1.