Kipsigis

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Title Audio Collection Description Composer Date All terms
Chebo moire | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2103.

Hat Arap Kotut (Composer)
Kipsigis men (Performer)

1952-00-00 East African | Fighting song | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kericho | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kotut,Hat Arap
Chebusit |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card no. D6L5.

Kinutit Arap Ng'asura (Performer and Composer)

1950-09-15 East African | ILAM | Kenya | Kericho | Kipsigis | Ng'asura,Kinutit Arap | Praise song
Chebusit |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-5.

Kirutit Arap Ngasura (Performer adn Composer)

1950-09-15 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Lyre | Ng'asura,Kinutit Arap | Praise song
Chebusit | East African

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ILAM

A praise song with Kibugandet 5 string wish bone lyre, resonated on a parafin tin. The solo singer, singing in falsetto, praises his country and many of its desirable places. He mentions, among others, the Administrative centre at Kericho, some 25 miles away, which he says is 'full of words', referring to the information service supplied to the country by the office of the District Commissioner. This wishbone shaped frame lyre is help onto the top of an empty 4 gallon parafin tin. At the end of his song the lyre slipped off its resonator.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 4

1950-09-15 East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kericho | Kibugandet lyre | Kipsigis | Kipsigis district | Ngasura, Kinutit Arap | Praise song
Chemeliedo |

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ILAM

Chemelil dance music. Further details refer ILAM fieldcard D6L30.

Teituk Arap Sumeiyot (Performer)

1950-09-15 Dance song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Sumeiyot,Teituk Arap | Unaccompanied
Chemelil |

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ILAM

The happy Chemelil dance song for men and women, with blowing on a whistle. Refer ILAM field card D6L14

Feitus Arap Sumeiyot
Kipsigi men

1950-09-15 Dance song | East African | ILAM | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Sumeiyot,Feitus Arap | Whistle
Chemelil |

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ILAM

Chemelil dance song for men and women. Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-14.

Teituk Arap Sumeiyot (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 Chemelil dance | Dance song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | One whistle | Sumeiyot,Teituk Arap
Chemelildo | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2146.

Teituk Arap Sumeiyoi (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Chemelil dance | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Sumeiyot,Teituk Arap
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
Chemirocha (II) | East African

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ILAM

Topical song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. Chemirocha the mystical singer, (based on Jimmy Rodgers, the American guitarist) is at Kericho, they say. 'Why'. He is said to have visited a friend of his at Ituna! The similarity of the two instruments, the guitar and the local lyre has given rise to the legend of this wandering player whose records have been heard, but whose presence is a mystery.
The young men having sung this version of Chemirocha said that it was really their sisters' song, but they were too shy to sing it. Eventually the girls were persuaded to sing and gave us the next version.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 19

1950-09-15 Chepkongo bowl lyre | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Ng'asura, Charondet Arap | Topical song
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