Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Fourteen Nswezi dance songs

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Patrick Tibagotia's homestead at Nawampiti, P.O. Box 1, Bulongo, Luuka, Uganda

  • Performers

    Uganda Herbalists and Cultural Association

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    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Performance note: Preceeded by clap. Lead singer uses kazoo. Usual drumming and rattles. Ends with much use of kazoos. Some close ululation. Main body of singers rather distant. Ends with much ululation. Song lead by a man: very different rhythm - not the usual nswezi rhythm. Contains much ululation especially at end. Song lead by man. Single staccato drum beats at start, like for a procession. Then follows lively drumming in a series of sequences with much ululation. Drum continues with some beating and use of rattles during pause between this and next item. One woman addresses the others with appropriate responses. Song lead by a man, some rattle very prominent as dancers move around. Much laughter and ululation at end. Song lead by a man again. Fairly short. Song lead by a man again. Solo drum beats to begin with. Fairly short. Song lead by a woman. Refrain contains the name Uganda several times. Performer's note: Members of Uganda Herbalists and Cultural Association. Recording note: Tape runs out during last song. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG88.14.1 - 14.14.

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