Masai

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Title Audio Collection Description Composer Date All terms
Embrukoi | FOLK MUSIC

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ILAM

Embrukoi dance song for men and women. The Embrukoi dance is characterised by highleaps into the air with a rigid body. The dancers will leap as much as 18 inches clear into the air, at the same time giving a characteristic lift to the chin. The song praises his friends who kill lions. He sings also that he himself found a lion beside the path and killed it with his spear, a not uncommon feat among these people. He also sings of a faction fight in his district between neighbouring villages. This is a well known song in the Arusha District. The use of a thin falsetto by the solo singer quite belies the look of the man, which is far from being effeminate and typical of the younf Masai moran.

Ndasimi Sarubare (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | Embrukoi dance song | FOLK MUSIC | ILAM | Indigenous music | Masai | Masai | Ndasimi Sarubare | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Kaiwang'u | East African

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ILAM

Rika. Initiation song for boys and girls. This is a self praise song by boys and girls who are waiting during the Rika period prior to undergoing circumcision. The leader sings in a kind of falsetto voice which is much appreciated by the people - but on a recording gives no idea of his manly appearance. The calling for a special response during the course of the recitative is typical of Arusha songs. The full song is not available here.

Ndasimi Sarubare (Performer/Lead)
Arusha men (Performer)

1950-09-30 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | circumcision | Folk - East African | ILAM | Masai | Masai | Ndasimi Sarubare | Rika | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Untitled |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM reel number: BC60.

Hugh Tracey (Narrator)
Masaai Men (Performer)

1900-01-00 Cattle raiding songs | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Indigenous music | Maa | Masai | Tanganyika | Tanzania | Tracey, Hugh
Untitled |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM reel number: BC60.

Hugh Tracey (Narrator)
Masaai Men (Performer)

1900-01-00 East African | Folk music | ILAM | Imbrukoi Dance song | Indigenous music | Maa | Masai | Tanganyika | Tanzania | Tracey, Hugh
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