Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Gganga [alula?] [Gganga had a lucky escape]. Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Recording locations

    Mengo Lubiri = Lubiri palace of the Kabaka [king] at Mengo, Kampala, Uganda

  • Performers

    Mukasa, Omw.Temutewo (singer, male, ennanga harp)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

  • Description

    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 49.44a. Item notes : Culture group in available documentation marked as Mengo Lubiri [however this is the name of the Lubiri palace of the Kabaka [king] at Mengo, Kampala; the culture group is therefore most likely Ganda]

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This song is in fact called Agenda N'Omulungi Azaawa, not Gganga Alula. it is one of the most important songs in the kiGanda palace traditional repertory and its melody has the longest cyclical pattern of any Kiganda song (72 notes). Most Kiganda xylophone versions of the song have only 70 notes for some reason. Go to C4/4950 to listen to Gganga alula.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. Fellow, University of Birmingham on 03/03/2010 13:18:00