Arusha District

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Tamanaiyo angare nanyoki | East African

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ILAM

An Osingolio Longishu cattle song. "Whenever you walk around the country never forget that I am the best singer and the one most loved by the girls."
Several handsome young men sang the solos and all boasted of their charms.

Bayani Medurek (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Medurek,Baiyani | 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
Atalwa endito | East African

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ILAM

Embrukoi dance song for men and women. "I eloped with your wife and she is still with me. So what can you do about it?" sings the man. He then goes on to sing about his cattle and the hills of Arusha. The second man took over the solo part half way through the item. The simple respon]ses by the men is said to be typical of Embrukoi singing.

The full song is not available here.

Baiyani Medureki
Arusha men

1950-10-02 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Medurek,Baiyani | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Ho ya-yo | East African

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ILAM

An Osingolis Longoroyo love song with Arusha women. "Teren angite matalebo." "Bring the cow that I may milk her near the water. Do not leave my place my love. Stay here and keep me constant company."

The love song of a nomadic pastoralist. Different women take over the lead during the song. The full song is not available here.

Nagalal Sengeo (Performer)

1950-10-02 Arusha | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Nagalal Sengeo | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Tang'oroki neirut olodwa airora | East African

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ILAM

An Osingolio Longishu cattle song. "The Germans are nothing to us. They were defeated by the English. We are not sleeping and will fight for our country. We love our country and our cattle."

The Arusha tribe fought on several occasions against the Germans during their early occupation of Tanganyika. Different men take over the solo between the chorus refrains.

1950-10-02 Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Medurek,Baiyani | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Baikili kwano kindonyimo | East African

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ILAM

An Osingolis Longoroyo love song. "When I come back from fighting, then I will marry you, my love. I refuse to look at any other woman because of you. So wait for me my love."

Items of this nature are more recitations of verse rather than true songs. The simple response in this case is "A-a, hoiyo ya hoiyo yaho"

Binana Naibara (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Naibara,Binana | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Ngai aomoningera | East African

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ILAM

An Osingolis Longoroyo love song. "High God, Ngai. Give all the women children." A sentiment frequently expressed by all African folk.

The full song is not available here.

Nagalal Sengeo (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha District | East African | Folk music | ILAM | Masai | Nagalal Sengeo | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Eruko | East African

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ILAM

Osingolio Londoiya - dance song for men and women. "Sing the chorus, you young men and women. For we are the brave of the country." While the girls sing the words of the chorus, the men sing the typical humming sounds in unison. A delightfully intricate song and not at all easy to follow on first hearing.

Baiyani Medureki (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Masai | Medureki,Baiyani | Osingolio dance song | Tanganyika | Tanzania
Bunya | East African

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ILAM

Osingolio dance song for men and women. Osingolio Bunya. "We are all friends, So we should all sing together, Sing the chorus you young people." Although the chorus sung by the girls at first appears simple, it is very difficult to catch and repeat.

Baiyani Medureki (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-00-00 Arusha | Arusha | Arusha Baraza | Arusha District | East African | ILAM | Indigenous music | Masai | Medureki, Baiyani | Osingolio dance song | Tanganyika | Tanzania
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
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