Kipsigis

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Title Audio Collection Description Composersort icon Date All terms
Chemirocha (III) | East African

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ILAM

A humorous song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. The mysterious singer and dancer, Chemirocha has been turned into a local god Pan with the feet of an antelope, half beast, half man. He is urged by the girls to do the leaping dance familiar to all Kipsigis so energetically that he will jump clear out of his clothes. The name Chemirocha is based upon the guitarist Jimmy Rodgers.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 22

1950-09-15 Chepkongo bowl lyre | East African | Humorous | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Ketienya, Chemutoi | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Song
Talatany chebwomut | East African

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ILAM

A humorous song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. The mysterious singer and dancer, Chemirocha has been turned into a local god Pan with the feet of an antelope, half beast, half man. He is urged by the girls to do the leaping dance familiar to all Kipsigis so energetically that he will jump clear out of his clothes. The name Chemirocha is based upon the guitarist Jimmy Rodgers.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 22b.

1950-09-15 Chepkongo bowl lyre | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Ketienya, Chemutoi | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis
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
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
Arap Momoen (I) |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number: D6L-13

Arap Ng' asuru (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-25 Drinking song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Ng'asura,Arap | Unaccompanied
Arap Momoen (II) |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number: D6L-13

Arap Ng' asuru (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 Drinking song | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Ng'asura,Arap | Unaccompanied
Kang'et Chorwet | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number: D6L 7

Bekijebei Arap Mosonik (Performer)
Cheriro Arap Korogore (Performer)
Bekijebei Arap Mosonik (Composer)

1950-09-15 Bowl lyre | Chepkongo bowl lyre | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Korogorem,Cheriro Arap | Mosonik,Bekyibei Arap | Praise song | Vocal
Kang' et chorwet |

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ILAM

Prais song used for dancing. Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-7.

Bekiyebei Arap Mosonik (Performer and Composer)
Cheriro Arap Korogoren (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Korogorem,Cheriro Arap | laced. | Mosonik,Bekyibei Arap | Praise song
Sebei bekyibei |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-15.

Bekiyebei Arap Mosonik (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Korogorem,Cheriro Arap | laced. | Lament | Mosonik,Bekyibei Arap
Nitiren Notera |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number TP2079.

Bekiyebei Arap Mosonik (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Lament | Lyre | Mosonik,Bekyibei Arap
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