Peter Cooke Uganda Collection
Suite, part 1 of 2: You lefti me aroni Maama
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Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings
Mubangizi's home at Ryeishe, Uganda
Unidentified (drum), Unidentified (singers, children)
Item note: Children's song. First of a suite of two songs presented in ABA form. The first has somewhat European outline. The song was locally composed by a young girl - Rosemary Kabahinda, the words being a concoction of different languages. 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: Accompanied by one drum with hand-clapping. Performer's note: Young members of the Mubangizi family. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.21.2a.