Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Baakisimba and embaga dances

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    Baakisimba dance song and Embaga (wedding dance)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    outside Bridegroom's house, Bukoloota village, Bugerere, Uganda

  • Performers

    Ssempeke, Albert (ndingidi), Unidentified (dancers), Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (madinda)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Baakisimba dance song and Embaga (wedding dance). 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. Performance note: Numerous danced sections and cheering; Changes to embaga rhythm at 3'24"; Very hot drumming for last two minutes. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this isPCUG87.5.1.

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