Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Sematimba ne Kikwabanga

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    Royal historical song played by most of the royal ensembles

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Kakbaka's palace, Lubir, near Kampala, Uganda

  • Performers

    Blasio Busulwa's teacher, Busulwa, Blasio, Kabaka's royal flute band, Sensamba, Mr. (ngalabi drum, singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

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    Item note: Royal historical song played by most of the royal ensembles. Players highly excited because Peter Cooke had just been playing with them (the first European to do so). Performance note: This recording features assorted notched flutes (endere) in six different sizes and bakisimba drum set. Performer's note: Kabaka's royal flute band (plus extras for occasion). Recording note: Recording was made on the occasion of the Kabaka's official birthday. Roaming microphone technique. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is on TAPE PC 5 TRACK A item No. 5.

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Indeed the players were excited given the playing at the beginning. However things settle down a little bit later on. Even then, it is still frenzied because this was a "k'u wogola" style of play. This contrasts with the sedate "Bakisimba" for example. In fact many "Kiganda" i.e "Of Buganda" songs have three movements namely: Nankasa (?), Bakisimba (sedate) and Muwogola (frenzied-climactic-ending) movements.

Posted by Arthur M, Guest, Visitor on 16/04/2017 10:02:00