Accordion

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Dongo Mothi | East African

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ILAM

A Mamboko dance song with accordian and struck iron. The "struck iron" was an old starter ring from the flywheel of a car. It is necessary to have a circular or 'S' shaped piece of metal for convenient playing of the double beat. The performer called it 'Kengere' or 'Beru' bell.
The sweepers in Nairobi, they say, always come from Embu. Kibunga Waita, the iron player, was no exception. Elsewhere in Africa certain tribes tend to adopt one occupation exclusively.
After hearing a few Kikuyu songs to the accompaniment of the iron and accordian, the listener who is not case hardened to the noise, may experience a singing in the ears for several hours afterwards.
Listening to this kind of Kikuyu music is more a feat of endurance than an aesthetic pleasure.Further details refer ILAM field card number: F3H 3

1952-06-08 Accordion | Dance song | East African | Embu | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Johnnie Murethe Wambu | Kenya | Kibunga Waita | Kikuyu | Mwamboko dance song | near Mount Kenya | Struck iron
Koras (Chorus) | East African

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ILAM

A Mamboko dance song with accordian and struck iron. The "struck iron" was an old starter ring from the flywheel of a car. It is necessary to have a circular or 'S' shaped piece of metal for convenient playing of the double beat. The performer called it 'Kengere' or 'Beru' bell.
The sweepers in Nairobi, they say, always come from Embu. Kibunga Waita, the iron player, was no exception. Elsewhere in Africa certain tribes tend to adopt one occupation exclusively.
After hearing a few Kikuyu songs to the accompaniment of the iron and accordian, the listener who is not case hardened to the noise, may experience a singing in the ears for several hours afterwards.
Listening to this kind of Kikuyu music is more a feat of endurance than an aesthetic pleasure.
Further details refer ILAM field card number: F3H 4

1952-06-08 Accordion | Dance song | East African | Embu | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Johnnie Murethe Wambu | Kengere struck iron | Kenya | Kibunga Waita | Kikuyu | Mwamboko dance | Struck iron
Kolasi | East African

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ILAM

A topical song with accordian and struck iron. The accordian is used as a ground which creates a happy noise but has little, if any, melodic or harmonic relationship to the tonality or mode of the voice."The father of the girl I want to marry came to Mombasea leaving his daughter at home - so I came to Mombasa too and said to him 'Now how about it - I want to discuss the marriage arrangements'."
Further details refer ILAM field card number: F3B 5

1952-05-24 Accordion | Chinda Kamwana | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kiamuthambi | Kikuyu | Kikuyu territory | Struck iron | Topical song
Mwomboko | East African

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ILAM

A topical song with accordian and struck iron. The accordian is used as a ground which creates a happy noise but has little, if any, melodic or harmonic relationship to the tonality or mode of the voice.
Song to accompany a town dance in which men and women dance together in pairs, after the fashion of Europeans.
Further details refer ILAM field card number: F3B 6

1952-05-24 Accordion | Chinda Kamwana | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kiamuthambi | Kikuyu | Kikuyu territory | Struck iron | Topical song
Tumba-Tumba |

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ILAM

A song addressed to a women. Further details refer ILAM field card no. F1M13.

Chibanda Baudouin (Performer and Composer)

1952-01-26 Accordion | Baudouin,Chibanda | Belgian Congo | Bottle | Central African | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Elizabethville | Guitar | ILAM | Kazoo | Swahili | Topical song
Accordian tune | East African

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ILAM

Accordian music. Further details refer to ILAM record AC1335

Kiriaara (Performer)

1960-08-00 Accordion | East African | ILAM | Kenya | Kiriaara | Kutuya | Song
Nacolette-Rosa |

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ILAM

Bikina Town dance with accordion, bottle, guitar and kazoo. Further details refer ILAM field card (F1Y1)

Chibanda Baudouin (Performer)

1952-02-10 Accordion | Baudouin,Chibanda | Bottle | Central African | Congo | Dance music | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Guitar | ILAM | Kandakanda | Kazoo | Swahili | Town dance
Cheri wata |

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ILAM

Biruya Town Dance. Further details refer ILAM field card number F1N-2

Chibanda Bandawin (Performer)

1952-01-27 Accordion | Baudouin,Chibanda | Biruya | Bottle | Central African | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Elizabethville | Guitar | ILAM | Swahili | Town dance | West African
Skoot |

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ILAM

Concert song. Further details refer ILAM field card number F1M-14+14

Chibanda Bandawin (Performer)
Chibanda Bandawin (Composer)

1952-01-27 Accordion | Baudouin,Chibanda | Central African | Concert song | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Elizabethville | ILAM | Swahili | West African
Piny Ochama | East African

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ILAM

Dance song. Further details refer to ILAM record AC1335

L. Obeiro (Performer)

1960-08-00 Accordion | East African | ILAM | Kenya | L. Obeiro | Luo
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