Folk - East African

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Wa ta hi motor ca | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR2971.

1940-00-00 Folk - East African | ILAM | Marivate, Daniel | Shangaan | Tsonga
Tsima | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR2971.

1940-00-00 Folk - East African | ILAM | Marivate, Daniel | Shangaan
Mayana kut tekwa | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR2965.

1948-00-00 Folk - East African | ILAM | Marivate, Daniel | Shangaan | Tsonga
Bero Arigina | East African

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ILAM

Lament with seven Dongo Likembe, clapping and rattles.

Poor, beautiful young Arigina died before she could be married. Death, they say, is no repector of persons, it comes to young and old alike.

An interesting example of the crossed rhythms between the instruments and voices.

Zeruboberi Obothi (Performer)

1950-00-00 Dhola | Dhola | Dongo Likembe | Folk - East African | ILAM | Lukiko | Mbale district | Tororo | Uganda | Zeruboberi Obothi
Padhola | East African

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ILAM

Patriotic song with Tongoli eight string horizontal harp. " Do not be jealous of each other, or our country Padhola (the country of the Dhola) will not progress like the rest of Uganda".

Ochola (Performer)

1950-00-00 Dhola | Folk - East African | ILAM | Lukiko | Mbale district | Ochola | Tongoli harp | Tororo | Uganda
Uchaucha kina mama | Folk - East African

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ILAM

An Mbeta pipe dance with Viyanzi vertical flutes, 2 friction sticks, and tin rattles.

"You are giving me a lot of trouble. Go and eat food prepared by my mother on a basket. You will find it better and different from food prepared on enamel plates which make your stomach bad."

The players start to play beginning with the pipe 3rd from the lowest. Each piper above them takes his rhythm from the next man below. If one fails to get started he holds up all the others above. The leader then comes along and gets his rhythm for him and his companions can then take up the rhythm until the treble player at last joins in.

Set of 13 pipes. The tuning of this set was as follows:- 584, 320, 440, 392, 336, 292, giving a pentatonic scale. The total range was just over two octaves.

1950-00-00 Dar-es-Salaam | Folk - East African | ILAM | Mbeta pipe dance | Selemani, Pembe | Tanganyika | Tanzania | Zaramo
Ayaas imoo esosi ka sogoli | East African

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ILAM

The Akisuku dance is done by men and women in two rows shoulder to shoulder. They spring into the air in unison without apparently moving arms or legs, but with a clear straight spring, up and down in time to the music.

Ekisa Saulo (Performer)

1950-00-00 Akisuku Dance Song | Ekisa Saulo | Folk - East African | ILAM | Teso | Tororo district | Uganda
Ecudi odekayi etwani | East African

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ILAM

Morality song with five string Adedeu horizontal harp, clapping and leg rattles, 1 side blown Aluti horn. "It matters not how dirty or even feeble minded a person may be, he should live and perform his duty in keeping with his station in life". The harsh quality of the singer's voice is noticeable in this recording.

Iganitiyo Ekacholi (Performer)

1950-00-00 Adedeu harp | Aluti horn | Folk - East African | Iganitiyo Ekacholi | ILAM | Lukiko | Mbale district | Teso | Tororo | Uganda
Tich mabere | East African

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ILAM

Morality song with Tongoli eight string horizontal harp, with Tethe inverted bowl. The tuning of this harp is as follows: 420, 172, 328, 280, 244, 210, 186, 164 v.s.

"There is nothing better than work - if you do not work you cannot live".

Zedekia Ochwo (Performer)

1950-00-00 Dhola | Folk - East African | ILAM | Lukiko | Mbale district | Tethe bowl | Tongoli harp | Tororo | Uganda | Zedekia Ochwo
Elosi aberu akipore imaniti abiro | East African

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ILAM

"However well a woman may cook, her husband is never satisfied". A song that will appeal to women everywhere. The tuning of the harp was 284, 212, 190, 172, 142 v.s. It is interesting to note the apparent difference in tone between the scale of the harp and the voice.

Iganitiyo, the harp player, made friends with Chief K Omudeka and he visited him at his place over the border in Kenya. He was surprised at the great amount of land under cultivation there. He entertained the Chief every evening of his visit by playing and singing to his Adedeu harp. The full song is not avaiable here.

Iganitiyo Ekacholi (Performer)
Iganitiyo Ekacholi (Composer)

1950-09-04 Adedeu harp | Aluti horn | Folk - East African | Iganitiyo Ekacholi | ILAM | Lukiko | Mbale district | Teso | Tororo | Uganda
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