Kipsigis

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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 (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
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
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
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

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
Suchi |

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ILAM

Children's song. Further details refer ILAM fieldcard D6L29a

Chepkorir (Performer)

1950-09-15 Chepkorir | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Unaccompanied
Sigilai |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-11a.

Small Kipsigis girls (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Topical song
Sore cherono |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number D6L-11b.

Small Kipsigis girls (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-09-15 East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kenya | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Kipsigis | Topical 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
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