Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Musical play, part 4 of 6 / Soga songs / Ganda song / Spirit possession song / Ekizino women's dance song
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Diplomat Hotel, Uganda
Ndere Troupe, Unidentified (endongo), Unidentified (flute), Unidentified (singers, female and male)
Item note: Continuation of musical play. Soga songs, Ganda song, Spirit possession song, Ekizino women's dance song of Ankole. 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: Spirit possession song performed for the Lubaale [ancestral spirit] - Mukasa. Includes use of rattles and drums. Some talk with possessed person at end of song. Ekizino women's dance song begins with non-traditional chanting (relating to an unhappy woman). Recording note: Tape runs out before end of song. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.9.