Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Healing song drum rhythms and song

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    Enswezi (healing) song

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    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 begin first so that one can hear how they interlock. Soloist very distant. Recording concentrates on the drums at first, and later on the various kazoos. A long, good item. The three large drums do not play all the time but come in to create climaxes. Performer's note: Maganda's musicians. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.24.3.

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