Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Olwensissi lwatta abantu / Olutalo Olw'e Nsinsi. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Recording locations

    Uganda Museum, Kampala

  • Performers

    Kasuwa, A. (singer, male, bowl lyre)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

  • Description

    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 54.49. Item notes : From available documentation: the English translation of the song lyrics are "Olwensissi killed many people. We did not see it because we were younger" (The battle of Nsinsi killed many people - one of the songs of the Kabaka's palace harpist and other ensembles). Performer notes : The Soga bowl lyre is known as the ntongooli.

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This does not sound like a bowl lyre. It sounds like a Kiganda ennanga (bow harp). Kasuwa was one of Wachsmann's assistants at the Uganda Museum, working alongside Muyinda who was an excellent ennanga player - from whom Kasuwa could well have learned some harp playing. (The singing is not that of Muyinda). The song "Olutalo olwe' Nsinsi" is regarded as a beginners song for any aspiring ennanga player.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 04/11/2010 17:27:00