Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Musical play, part 3 of 6 / Bwola dance / Come come ye sons of Art / Girls' dance / Dialogue / Circumcision dance (Kimasaba?)

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    Bwola dance ("national" dance of Acooli)

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

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    Diplomat Hotel, Uganda

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    Ndere Troupe, Unidentified (singers, female and male)

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    Cooke, Peter

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    Item note: Continuation of musical play. Bwola dance ("national" dance of Acooli). Song by H. Purcell. Girls' dance of Eastern Uganda (kinyole or kimasaba). Followed by a dance of uncertain origin. 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: Manaku thanks them but does not call it "entertainment". He tells them he will improve their dancing and drumming. Sung with "good" baritione voice. The Acooli don't appreciate it. He accuses them of being primitive. He then goes to Tororo. Girls use pellet bells on legs. Peter Cooke tries to talk to girl from Tororo - she is "beautiful" but doesn't speak his language nor Swahili. Peter Cooke speaks to men of Tororo, tells them he wants to marry the girl. They ask if he has been circumcised. He decides to undergo the ritual so that he can have the girl. Includes mock Radio Uganda broadcast when Manaku learns he has been sacked, "due to his interference in the culture". Decides to return to Kampala and explain things. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.8.1 - 8.6.

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