Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Ssabataka's country palace near Wobulenzi, Bamunanika, Uganda

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Speakers

    Cooke, Peter (male), Unidentified (males)

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    Item note: This was Cooke's first return visit to Uganda since 1968. Many of the informants were old friends who had survived 19 years of political turmoil and war. Conditions in southern Uganda were bad - the infrastructure of the country was in ruins and manufactured goods were in desperately short supply. Northern Uganda was still at war with the new President of Uganda, Museveni; The 1987 visit was made possible through the generosity of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Travel and Research Committee of the University of Edinburgh. Performer's note: Abasaasi players. Leader of the Abasaasi was Kawesa of the Ffumbe clan. He is also the royal gatekeeper. Fatuma (nicknamed Fanta) also claimed to be an official musician of the palace. The youngest dancer in the group was barely 18 months old - "an actress". Recording note: Recorded in one of the rooms of the palace. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.16.5.

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