Folk - East African

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Title Audio Collection Description Composer Date All terms
Adoliong'o akwapa k'omudeke ina minami | East African

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ILAM

Topical song with clapping and five string Adedu horizontal harp, leg rattles and 1 side blown Aluti horn. The tuning of the harp was 284, 212, 190, 172, 142 v.s. It is interesting to note the difference 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 which was under cultivation there. He entertained the Chief every evening of his visit by playing and singing to his Adedu harp. The full song is not available here.

Iganitiyo Ekacholi

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

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ILAM

Akisuku dance song for men, with clapping. 'Ewututu' is the happy noise made by the Ground Hornbill early in the morning. He is happy they say because he is with his wife. "Yalama Kapeni Kokileni-Keni, Yalama Kapeni."

The Akisuku dance is done by men and women in two rows shoulder to shoulder. They spring in the air in unison without apparently moving arms or legs but with a clear straight spring, up and down in time to the music. The full song is not avaiable here.

1950-09-04 Akisuku Dance Song | Ekisa Saulo | Folk - East African | ILAM | Teso | Tororo district | Uganda
Ibore aari papa, ng'es kaari eong'da | East African

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ILAM

Morality song with five string Adedeu horizontal harp. clapping and leg rattles, 1 side blown Aluti horn. "Do as your parents do". The harsh quality of the singer's voice is noticeable in this recording. The full song is not available here.

Iganitiyo Ekacholi (Performer)

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

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR2967.

1951-00-00 Folk - East African | Guitar | ILAM | Marivate, Daniel | Shangaan | Tsonga | Whistling
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