East African

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Title Audio Collection Descriptionsort icon Composer Date All terms
Banafunzi basigazi | East African

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ILAM

School song by Haya boys. Further details refer ILAM field card (D4V19).

Nester Ishengoma (Composer)
Haya boys (Performer)

1950-08-04 Bukoba | East African | Haya | Haya | ILAM | Kibira,E. B. | Nester Ishengoma | Nyoro | School song | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Maria wa Ntumbi | East African

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ILAM

Self-delectative song with Chipendane braced mouth bow, with rattle, whistle and whistling. Further details refer ILAM field card (G1A8)

Sauti Matseno (Composer/Performer)

1954-06-06 bow | Chipendane | East African | Hlungwe | ILAM | Mozambique | Panda | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Sauti Matseno | Self-delectative song | Southern African | Tswa | Whistle
Chepulionit | East African

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ILAM

The Chemelilit dance for young men is performed at night as a general entertainment. The present dance song is a traditional one and was used in the old days before going out to raid neighbouring tribes, after which they felt they were fit to accomplish anything they set them selves to do. It was sung by the raiding party sitting down, but is now used solely as a dance.

Paul Serefu (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 East African | Folk music | ILAM | Kapsabet | Kenya | Nandi | Nandi | Nandi district | Serebu,Paul
Chemirocha (II) | East African

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ILAM

Topical song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. Chemirocha the mystical singer, (based on Jimmy Rodgers, the American guitarist) is at Kericho, they say. 'Why'. He is said to have visited a friend of his at Ituna! The similarity of the two instruments, the guitar and the local lyre has given rise to the legend of this wandering player whose records have been heard, but whose presence is a mystery.
The young men having sung this version of Chemirocha said that it was really their sisters' song, but they were too shy to sing it. Eventually the girls were persuaded to sing and gave us the next version.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 19

1950-09-15 Chepkongo bowl lyre | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Ng'asura, Charondet Arap | Topical song
Arap Chepsiolei | East African

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ILAM

Topical song with Kipukandet 5 string lyre (5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) This lyre is strummed like a guitar with the right hand, the left hand stopping the five strings, like the Bongwe zither of Nyasaland. This gave 2 chords. Notes 1, 3 and 5 and notes 2 and 4. One string, they said, was missing, the lower octave of number 1. The scale was: 308, 256, 232, 206, 180, (154) vs.

Malakwen Chepsaikut (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Chepsaikut | East African | ILAM | Kapsabet | Kenya | Malakwen | Nandi | Nandi district | Praise song
Matsaire | East African

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ILAM

Topical song with guitar. Feliciano's pronunciation of Ndau words, they say, is like a child's speech. "Matsaire, you have finished all the people." Matsaire was killed in a certain village, and his ghost came back demanding recompense, under pain of death to all the village. Details from ILAM field card (H1P-10, 11 - 25).

1955-08-10 Chibuto district | East African | Gomez o Feliciano, Muntano | Guitar | ILAM | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Ndau | Portuguese East Africa | Sul do Save Province | Topical song
Wapezia wamabela |

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ILAM

A greeting song for the chief. Further details refer to ILAM field card no. D4C2

Mugabe Bin Maganga (Performer)

1950-07-18 Conical Drum | Drum | East African | Folk music | Greeting song | ILAM | Indigenous music | Lagaya | Mugabe Bin Maganga | Nyamwezi | Nyamwezi | Tabora | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Ntini kachani ka diphiyelo | East African

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ILAM

A lament with clapping. Further details refer to ILAM field card no. CR22

Tindene Chibisufude (Composer/Performer)

1949-06-08 Chopi | Chopi | Clapping | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Lament song | Mozambique | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Tindene Chibisufude | Zavala
Chitotwane | East African

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ILAM

A lament.. Further details refer to ILAM field card no. CR23

Natiawane wa Chitokiso (Composer/Performer)

1949-06-08 Chopi | Chopi | East African | ILAM | Lament | Mozambique | Natiawane wa Chitokiso | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Unaccompanied | Zavala
Dua |

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ILAM

A Muslim prayer. Refer ILAM field card D4C21

Kaluta Amri Bin Abedi (Composer/Performer)

1950-07-18 East African | ILAM | Kaluta Amri bin Abedi | Mashairi | Muslim | Nguja | Poetry | Prayer song | Religious music | Swahili | Tabora | Tanganyika | Tanzania
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