Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Popular Ugandan music at Hotel Concert, part 1 of 2

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

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    Ggaba Beach Hotel, Lake Victoria, near Kampala, Uganda

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    Cooke, Peter

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    Performance note: Performed on an outdoor stage with PA before a large crowd of Ugandans. Instruments included electric guitars, acoustic drums, a drum kit, electric keyboard. Much audience chat and children's sounds. Some of audience dancing on the grass, others sipping drinks, eating snacks. at c. 30' an announcement is made (in both English and Luganda) that some cultural music will follow. The song that follows in is in Bakisimba rhythm (to harmonic guitar accompaniment) and some semblance of traditional drumming. Later guitars stop and drums (bakisimba, plus prominent high pitched engalabi plus others continue alone). Bakisimba dance stops at 41'51". Luganda song (Bosa?) follows. New song starts again at c48' in Congolese style. Last song is in imitation of Gisu circumcision music (in Gisu rhythm) but with modern arrangement (guitars etc.). Recording note: Microphones were among the audience near the front of the stage. Left channel lower level throughout than right. Some low levels at start, then bad overmodulation at c 23' then settles more. Not a serious attempt at recording - more to pick some idea of atmosphere of a Sunday family afternoon at the beach hotel. Stereo digital recordings were made using a Sony DAT Walkman machine on cassettes mostly of two hours duration with Sennheiser omnidirectional microphones. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG92.1.3.

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