Dance song

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

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ILAM

3 Drums, Tenor Drum. Further details refer to ILAM record number TP4271-7

Composer not specified
Peoro Siman Blanani (Performer)

1955-06-11 Dance song | Drum | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Ndau | Peoro Siman Blanani | Portuguese East Africa | Tenor Drum
Nyumba ya mwari witu | East African

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ILAM

A dance song, Njama for old men. "My daughter's hut is thatched with reeds and the bushy tails of cows". The song has ten verses, the first three repeated. The accent or stress on the ultimate syllable, instead of on the penultimate, might indicate mission influence in this song. Local linguists would be able to determine this point.
Further details refer ILAM field card number: D6T 8

Composer not specified

1950-09-23 Dance song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kiambu district | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Ndenderu, Kariuki
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
Mucungwa | East African

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ILAM

A very simple dance song, sung in unison.
Further details refer ILAM field card number: D6T 8

1950-09-23 Dance song | East African | Folk music | Forest Hall district | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Wairimu,Tabitha
Nodoo nimalimbango beleta | East African

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ILAM

Baili dance song. Further details refer ILAM shellac record number: TP1210

Soldiers (Performer)
Composer not specified

1949-00-00 Baili | Chiwabo | Chiwambo | Chwabo | Dance song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Unaccompanied
Hubaba tube mbele bana | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR1501.

Ntainta Buchilu (Performer)
Composer not specified

1951-00-00 Dance song | East African | ILAM | Kazori dance song | Mwanza | Ndono musical bow | Ntainta Buchilu | Rattle | Sukuma | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Untitled | Southern African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM reel number: BC79.

Peggy Tracey (Narrator)
Xhosa Youth (Performer)

1900-01-00 Dance song | Folk music | Idutywa | Ikhinki Mouth Bow | ILAM | Indigenous music | South Africa | Southern African | Tracey, Peggy | Transkei | Xhosa | Xhosa
Mandowa - Parts I. II. III & IV | Southern African

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ILAM

Two dance tunes for Nandowa dance. Further details refer to ILAM field card no. G1A6a.

Zhuake Nasinyi (Performer)

1954-06-06 Dance song | ILAM | Indigenous music | Makulane | Mbira | Mozambique | Ndau | Nova Mambone district | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Traditional music | Zhuake Masingi
Ngeleli, ngelelei |

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ILAM

Alabukongo dance song for men and women with Marimba. Further details refer ILAM field card (D4H18).

Idi Hasani (Composer/Performer)

1950-07-23 Alabukongo | Belgian Congo | Central African | Congo | Dance song | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Idi Hasani | ILAM | Luba | Marimba | Rattle | Songe | Songe | Xylophone
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