Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Musical play, part 1 of 6 / Come along' or `Uist Tramping song'

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    Scottish song (incorporated into the musical play)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Diplomat Hotel, Uganda

  • Performers

    Ndere Troupe, Unidentified (flute), Unidentified (singers, female and male), Unidentified (xylophone)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Opening dialogue introduces a fishing song. Then a variety of Kiganda songs, including some in Baakisimba rhythm, mixed with spoken dialogue. Scottish song (incorporated into the musical play). Song continued on next tape - last two notes only! 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: Flutes and xylophone also feature in ensemble. Leading character decides to go to Kigezi but plays "some decent music" before he goes. Choir sings very slowly and unaccompanied in four-part harmony. Recording note: Quality of recording reasonable - not so distant as originally thought. Tape runs out before end. Low modulation. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.6.3 and 6.4.

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