Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Political meeting: Greeting song with clapping and drums / Introductory speech welcoming visitors / Speeches by representatives of villagers / Kisoga dance music

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    1; 5.2 (pgm 02); 5.3 (pgm 03)

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

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    Kasata's group, Mwandha, Jame, Unidentified (drums)

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    Cooke, Peter

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    Mwandha, Jame (male)

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    Item note: Peter Cooke decided to try to record the whole proceedings including associated music which customarily precedes and rounds off such meetings. Questions and answers from villagers - a rather awkward time for the MP who is trying to rally supporters for the forthcoming Constitutional Assembly elections for which he is a candidate. Some disaffection in the audience, who disagree with the speaker (esp. around 20' 21"). Appeals to audience to be quiet are unsuccessful for a time. Chairman does not have a good platform manner. The following is a rough translation. Translation made by Basil Wairama speaking as he listened. "Let me introduce those colleagues of mine, I'll start with My lord, our chairman of RC4 who are herewith us, the councillors who represent us in Uganda... Visitors, etc. all who are here. Now I want to thank you very much because you've given this home a lot of prestige by coming here. You have been hungry but you have found. ladies and Gentlemen I thank you very much for bearing with us...- a proverb - let me start by showing you some other people who are here. The lady in glasses is... a widow of someone just dead but works with Minister of Planning and Economic Development Senior planning economist in the ministry. She is among those who prepare the economic plans for the country. She is here with a gentleman from ... son of the late .... who also works in the same minitry. His duties include preparation of the budget - one of the specialists. he has come with his brother who teaches in Jinja. Dr. Cooke who has arrived here with his son and his friend Helen who maybe prepares the food for him Dr. Cooke is the one who taught my wife and he has been researching in this country. So when he went back he said I think I should bring my son so that he can see too. I've introduced Mr Kintu, Mr Waiswa and it's good to call your neighbours. I've managed to call others who if they can't come should at least send their wives - they have come and send their greetings." Gives some chiefly history for Bugweri. Thanks people for coming. The MC has complained that time is passing. He wants to say a few words. The preparations must be picked out of other places in Bugweri. When they are completed they will be fine - but problems of finance they are still thinking about it. When it comes to roads in Bugweri he is ashamed because wherever he goes, by the time he gets there he has wasted a lot of time. Even going with a general manager but the bus broke down - he cannot allocate therefore buses to roads because they will break down. They are still considering allocation of buses. Someone [named] is trying to do something about it. Water - the leader is making preparations - beginning in Kamulli the water is there. Now it has moved to Busiki and they are clearing the wells etc. In time they will have reached this place. Now the building of schools - they are trying to build as many as possible because they are the basis of society. but - problems. People have promised aid but many have not been able to perform their promises. eg. iron sheets for Primary schools in Busoga but the aid has not come through, nor is it very likely. The person closest to the issue has now lessened the effort - but we thank you, parents - for contibuting and trying to build schoolbuildings without aid. Now as chairman of RC3 says the task today is to give you a review of what we have done so that by the time it comes to the election you will have a good idea of what we have done. A point of order is raised. Today we can see that - what you are saying is not being translated into action. Knowledge is power... but you are not doing anything. Very few children have been taken into schools. I don't know how many have been taken but from Iganga, Kamulli, Jinja etc there are only 14 children who got into Makerere. In Kabale where there is no land they got 200 children into school. How is it that we cannot raise fees? So I don't understand your words. Well we have started in Malongo and Makerere - we will spread the word. We will see if we can get our children to Makutu - see if we can't build a primary school in Makututu - so that Busoga can become independent in its education. Someone else says - that is true. We only got 14 children into university. How could they take 14 but they are even including my son who claims to be from Bunya - this makes it only 13. My friend - what do you think about that. The situation is as bad as that. Are these statistics what I'm saying to the RD's do you perceive the seriousness of the situation or not? let's wait until you get the school fees. So my friends in Bunya, I will stop now. in Bunya the matter is very serious now. You wait - I have not finished what I want to say, keep silent and let me finish. Other remarks from the meeting - What you are saying - does not concern us - you are praising yourself. We are hungry - you are just wasting our time - let him keep quiet. There is a general hubbub. Let me finish! let him finish! Keep quiet so that we can finish the whole speech. Let him finish. OK.... we want to go and eat our food - he doesn't know what he is talking about. Let him end. I'm sorry I have delayed you but I thought we are talking about something important to everybody. We of the RC3 have a big job because they have to help the people who are supposed to make the bricks for building the school. They have built 12 classrooms but there are no roofs yet. The RC 3 have used about 20%. The taxing system must be wrong - this man is not saying anything useful So now the RC 3s have really participated - Hubbub again. As other people have talked now the problem with you is that you have drawn the animals to the net, you have carried out the hunt, but you are talking about beginning the hunt.... you should spear it. We thought you would enlighten us to help us to convey our message so that we can get aid. General hubbub... scornful laughter. Performance note: First song performed with xylophone, drums, panpipes, flat tin rattle and singing; following end of formal proceedings. Hot and furious drumming. Second song has some level changes near start. Much crowd noise also. Begins with chat during eating. Then xylophone leads off (very distant) at pgm11, with panpipe and drumming and vocal chorus. Third song possibly Tamenya ibuga? Xylophone leads into hot drumming (tamenya ibuga type) with engalabi and bass drum prominent. Flute also heard. Fifth song, crowd noise, distant music with xylophone leading, then rattle, solo singer, chorus, then pan pipe, then englabi and bass drum. During sixth song musicians come close to the recordist then move off again (except for xylophone). Ends with very hot drumming. Seventh song begins with only crowd noise and chat. Peter Cooke talks with musicians. Andy wants to play xylophone. Andy starts to play Kiganda song 'Ganga' with Peter Cooke. Appreciative crowd noises. Other musicians join in. One solo singer begins to improvise about Europeans playing embaire. at 1h 08' a panpipe joins in. Rattle loud and close to mic. Musician continues to sing about 'abasungu bakuba embaire' (the white men are playing the xylophone). Helen now probably playing drum. At 1h 11' two panpipes are in foreground. Ends at 1h 12' followed by chat. Item is interesting because of way Basoga musicians took up a Kiganda tune bringing out inherent patterns which they heard (but which did not belong to the Kiganda song) and invented texts based on those patterns. Then Peter Cooke plays the keys in turn for measuring purposes. Eighth song, Andy begins a tune reminiscent of Waiswa Mugude - is corrected by Basoga. At 1h 14' 55" song begins and others join in slowly. Patchy participation. Stops eventually at 1h 21' 04". Performer's note: Jame Mwandha MP and people gathered there. Members of Kasata's group. Recording note: Recorded during a 'Meet the NRC councillors' meeting outside the main house at the home of MP James Mwandha. Left channel sounds somewhat attenuated throughout this tape. [Faulty microphone?]. 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 PCUG92.5.1; 5.2 (pgm 02); 5.3 (pgm 03); 5.4 (pgm 04 [24'50"] and 05); 5.5 (pgm 06 32'46" and 07,08,09,10 and 11); 5.6 (pgm 12 39' 22"); 5.7 (pgm 13, 48' 02"); 5.8 (pgm 14, 49'54"); 5.9 (pgm 15, 50'52"); 5.10 (pgm 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 1h 03'04"); 5.11 (pgm 21, 1h"); 5.12 (pgm 22).

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