Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Healing song

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    Enswezi (healing) song

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Maganda's village, near Iganga, Busoga, Uganda

  • Performers

    Maganda's musicians, Unidentified (drums), Unidentified (kazoos), Unidentified (singers)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Enswezi (healing) song. 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: Drums now playing in Soga rhythm. Typical Soga wordless choral response. Kazoos also used in response and also as interjections. Some ululation. Soloist rather far away. Ends with a recitation by Maganda + aba lubaale....? Also ends with the cry "webale omulimbo!". Considerable variety in drumming on the three larger drums. The four drums are tuned upwards D S D S. Recitation names the various gods, including the two recitations at end. Includes calls such as "bebale kyoka", "abanyengoma webale" and "webale abaana bange". Performer's note: Maganda's musicians. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.24.2.

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