Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Women's song

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    roadside clearing, Kalengere, Bufumbira, Kigezi district, Uganda

  • Performers

    Unidentified (singers, female)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

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    Performance note: Women take up their final song. This song sounds somewhat Kiga-like in style but Twa harmonisation persists in chorus. Men in foreground dance vigorously and noisily. A tumbling cadential phrase appears in last half of song and a single shout ends the song. Followed by talk about beer and cost of beer so that the participants can sit, drink some refreshment before the final items. Peter Cooke also proposes playing over some of items while names of items are discussed with the old ladies. Last part of recording is on one channel only as arrangements are made to film some two dances more after the break some chat recorded while mics are adjusted. The local chief wants to be paid all the money so that he can pass it on to the singers. Financial calculations are discussed. Peter Cooke does not trust the local chief, he would rather hand over the cash to the Batwa direct. Performer's note: Batwa women. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG93.3.18 (pgm 47).

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African Harmony: *Polyphony by means of multi-ostinato and polymelody are used here *each individual melody is harmonized using homophonic parallelism or parallel octaves

Posted by Daniel Jones, Researcher on 01/04/2019 03:30:00