Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Ssematimba ne kikwabanga / Omusango gw'abalere / Asigala Talaama

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    Historical tradition - story of the two princes

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Evaristo Muyinda's home at Gayaza Road, Mpererwe, Uganda

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Speakers

    Cooke, Peter (male), Kyaga, Hudson (male), Muyinda, Evaristo 1916-1993 (male)

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    Item note: Historical tradition - story of the two princes. 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: Told by E. Muyinda, with explanations of song text, followed by questions from fieldworker about which groups perform the song. The song is sung at mourning rites and at Okwabye olumbe. Hudson Kyaga adds a little information on this at end of Muyinda's contribution. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG87.27.3.

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