Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Y'omwana yalira (Baby is crying)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:05:24

  • Cultures

    Twa

  • Shelf mark

    C23/63

  • Subjects

    Women's song

  • Recording date

    1993-03-01

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    roadside clearing, Kalengere, Bufumbira, Kigezi district, Uganda

  • Performers

    Unidentified (singers, female)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Women's song. Performance note: Begun by two women, one responding to the other. Others then join in. Handclapping also: all rather similar to Kiga dance song. Pitch is raised, song stops then restarts at higher pitch level with drum (plastic) also now coming in. Performer's note: Batwa women. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG93.3.14 (pgm 43).

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African harmony: *The line uses unison until the final notes where a singer will sing a fourth below and then the minor third. This pattern is repeated deliberately throughout the course of the soong. *toward the end of the recording the chorus can be heard going up a "1/2" step. In realitatey the exact pitch value they are singing at varies from that of european tempered scales, nonetheless, they can be heard audibly "transposing". This phenomon can be heard in other recordings where vocal groups are singing together without accompanying instruments.

Posted by Daniel Jones, Researcher on 01/04/2019 03:37:00