Kikuyu

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Titlesort icon Audio Collection Description Composer Date All terms
'J' iri ciande | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR3613.

Kang'ethe Nduati (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Dance song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kang' ethe Nduati | Kiigamba Rattle | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Muthuu Dance song
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
J iri ciande |

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ILAM

Muthuu dance song. Further details refer ILAM fieldcard D6T1.

Kang' ethe Nduati (Performer)

1950-09-23 Dance song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kang' ethe Nduati | Kenya | Kigamba leg rattle | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Leg rattle | Nairobi
Kariaara |

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ILAM

Mwomboro dance music. Further details refer ILAM fieldcard F3C-13.

Chinda Kamwana (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-05-25 Accordion | Chinda Kamwana | Dance song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kikuyu | Mombasa | Struck iron
Kariala |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number: F3H 2

Johnnie Murethe Wambu (Performer)
Kibunga Waita (Performer)
Composer not specified

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
Kiriiri |

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ILAM

Dance Song for boys and girls. Further details refer ILAM record field number XYZ5550

Wangari wa Gibson (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-23 Dance song | East African | Folk song | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kikuyu | Kikuyu | Wangari wa Gibson
Kiriiri | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer 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
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
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
Kwainyadhyu |

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ILAM

Mwomboro dance music. Further details refer ILAM fieldcard F3C-15.

Kadhari wa Marere (Performer)

1952-05-25 Accordion | Dance song | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kadhari wa Marere | Kenya | Kikuyu | Mombasa | Struck iron
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