Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection

Cone-flute set - Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Field Recordings

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  • Recording locations

    Mbarara, Uganda

  • Performers

    unidentified (Abasegu ba bagyendanwa 5 cone-flutes) , unidentified (Bagyendanwa Uganda royal drum)

  • Recordist

    Wachsmann, Klaus, 1907-1984

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    Item notes : Wachsmann's original recording no.: 50.482. Performer notes : The royal Nsegu players; Bagyendanwa was the name of the royal drum, the most important item in the King's regalia so the name also stood for the king; the drum is struck with two light beaters.

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This is not nsegu music but the men's dance known as ekitaaguriro which involved recitation by one man with non-verbal replies from the male dancers ('mmm.' etc. ) and with one flautist playing phrases on a four holed notched flute at intervals during the dancing. Nsegu music involves a team of flutists playing hocket fashion without any dancing. I think your documentation must have become confused.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Hon. fellow, University of Birmingham on 02/09/2010 14:25:00