Kikuyu

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Title Audio Collection Descriptionsort icon Composer Date All terms
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
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
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
Ndirathire ; Wakaratha | East African

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ILAM

Alliance High School. Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2384.

Kariuki Ndenderu (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kariuki Ndenderu | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Nairobi | Story songs
Wainaga | East African

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ILAM

Alliance High School. Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2384.

Kariuki Ndenderu (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Circumcision Song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kariuki Ndenderu | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Nairobi
Mucung'wa | East African

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ILAM

Alliance High School. Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2388.

Tabitha Wairimu (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Dance song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Nairobi | Wairimu,Tabitha
Ndumo; Kiriiri | East African

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ILAM

Alliance High School. Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2388.

Wangari wa Gibson (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Dance song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Nairobi | Wangari wa Gibson
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