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Chemirocha (I) | East African

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ILAM

Praise song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. The main theme of this song is affection for the Kipsigis country. He also asks 'why the whitemen should have taken over the country' which incidentally they themselves took from others in the past. He comes, he says, from the Sotik nearby. The name 'Chemirocha' is their pronunciation of 'Jimmy Rodgers' whose gramophone records were the first to be heard in the district. It is now synonomous for anything strange or new.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 6

1950-09-15 Bowl lyre | Chepkongo bowl lyre | Cheriro Arap | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kericho | Kipsigis | Kipsigis district | Korogorem | Mosonik, Bekyibei Arap | Praise song | Vocal
Arap Tapartele olei yo lalei yo | East African

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ILAM

A praise song with a Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. The player flips the bridge of the lyre with a finger tip as he plays. The song is largely a repetition by the chorus of the words "olei yo lalei yo" a kind of "Hey - nonny - nonny."
The singer also brings into his song the names of many places he has visited and likes in common with his audience.
Both Kipsigis and Nandi are noted for their patriotism, their love of country as such, which they frequently express in song. This is comparitively rare with Bantu people who do not, as a rule, praise the beauty of the countryside and are mostly insensitive to scenery. Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 1

1950-09-15 Bowl lyre | Chepkongo bowl lyre | Chepkwony,Kepkoske Arap | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Praise song | Vocal
The Girl on the Rock |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: A56.

0000-00-00 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Vocal
The Girl on the Rock |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: A56.

0000-00-00 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Vocal
The Magic headboy |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: A65.

1900-01-00 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Vocal
The woman on the House |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: A66.

1900-01-00 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Vocal
Wembananwana |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: A67.

1929-00-00 Bikila | ILAM | Indigenous music | Rattle | South Rhodesia | Southern African | Vocal | Zimbabwe
Untitled |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: GM07.

1900-01-00 Clapping | ILAM | Indigenous music | Southern African | Vocal
Click Song |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: GM07.

1900-01-00 Drum | ILAM | Indigenous music | Southern African | Vocal | Xhosa
Untitled |

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM reel number: GM07.

1900-01-00 Clapping | ILAM | Indigenous music | Southern African | Vocal | Whistling
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