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Maria wa Ntumbi | East African

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ILAM

Self-delectative song with Chipendane braced mouth bow, with rattle, whistle and whistling. Further details refer ILAM field card (G1A8)

Sauti Matseno (Composer/Performer)

1954-06-06 bow | Chipendane | East African | Hlungwe | Mozambique | Panda | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Sauti Matseno | Self-delectative song | Southern African | Tswa | Whistle
"Msitso Wokata" and "Msitso Wombidi" | Southern African

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ILAM

Two orchestral introductions from the Ngodo Xylophone Orchestral Dance of Regulo Mikumbi with 8 Chilanzane (treble), 1 Debinda (bass) and 3 Gulu (double bass) xylophones and 2 rattles.

Regulo Mikumbi and his people are considered to be eastern Chopi as their district lies to the east of the Inharrime River. The old chief Mikumbi who died a few years ago - this information was written in 1955 - was said to be over 120 years old at the time of his death. The leader of this Timbila orchestra was a western Chopi as his name Zandamela would indicate. The recording of this Ngodo was made under difficult conditions, being constantly interrupted by high wind and rain.
Further details refer ILAM field card no. H1J1

Joni Zandamela (Performer and Composer)

1955-09-30 Chilanzane | Chopi | Dance music | Debinda | Gulu | Inharrime | Joni Zandamela | Mozambique | Ndonge | Orchestra | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Southern African | Timbila | Xylophone
"Mwemiso" Movement | Southern African

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ILAM

One of the movements from the Ngodo Xylophone Orchestral Dance of Regulo Mikumbi with 8 Chilanzane (treble), 1 Debinda (bass) and 3 Gulu (double bass) xylophones and 2 rattles.

Regulo Mikumbi and his people are considered to be eastern Chopi as their district lies to the east of the Inharrime River. The old chief Mikumbi who died a few years ago - this information was written in 1955 - was said to be over 120 years old at the time of his death. The leader of this Timbila orchestra was a western Chopi as his name Zandamela would indicate. The recording of this Ngodo was made under difficult conditions, being constantly interrupted by high wind and rain.

Further details refer ILAM field card no. H1J2

Joni Zandamela (Leader)

1955-09-30 Chilanzane | Chopi | Dance music | Debinda | Gulu | Inharrime District | Joni Zandamela | Mozambique | Ndonge | Orchestra | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Southern African | Timbila | Xylophone
Arap Kapero | East African

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ILAM

A topical song with Kipukandet 6 string bowl lyre (5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) One day a friend called on Arap Kapero unexpectedly. He sang "Had I a shilling I would have bought flour to make bread for you." The accompaniment of this song is interesting for the extra half bar just prior to the start of each verse.

Kipkeino Arap Rop (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 East African | Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya | Nandi | Rop, Kipkeino Arap | Topical song
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 | 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 | Lukiko | Mbale district | Ochola | Tongoli harp | Tororo | Uganda
Matoke adiya | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM record number: CR2193.

Dance song with seven Dondo Likembe and clapping. Zeruboberi, Obothi with Dhola men. At Lukiko, Tororo, Mbale district, Uganda. The smaller Likende is called Manyiri. The bass Dongo is called Yachi. This set of Dongo Likembe is a copy of similar sets used further west by the Soga. These in turn they say are copied from others in the West Nile province. The music is popular amongst young people.

Many people they say, have gone to stay in Buganda,  because of Matoke (bananas) from which banana beer is made. 'Bananas have attracted our people.'

Zeruboberi Oboti with Dhola men

1950-00-00 Dhola | Dhola | Dongo (Mbira) | East African | Folk music | Lukiko | Mbale district | Tororo | Uganda | Zeruboberi Obothi
Msitso wokata | Southern African

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ILAM

A movement from the Ngodo xylophone orchestral dance of Regulo Canda, with 10 to 19 xylophones and 1 or 2 rattles. Some of the best wood for making Timbila notes grows in the district of this Chief, Regulo Canda. His orchestra, perhaps as a direct result, has been noted for its tone quality. His district includes part of the sea coast and is covered with thick bush with many cashew nut trees. It will be noted that the spelling of the titles of the movements changes with the dialect of the district. In the west it is 'Wemiso', while further east it is 'Mwemiso'. Details from ILAM field card (H1O-9,6,7 -4)

Teni Mapasi (Composer/Performer)
Chopi musicians (Performer)

1955-10-06 Chopi | Chopi | Maposi,Teni | Mozambique | orchestral dance | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Xylophone | Zavala
Friday Special | Jive

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Ballantine

Gramophone Record Co LTD (Sole Dist)
Jive

Billy The Kid and His New Zonk Band
J. Mpehlo (Composer)

2007-06-22 Billy The Kid | Jive | Mpehlo,J. | New Zonk Band
Hallo Jerry | Band

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Ballantine

Band

Elite Swingsters
J Mtetwa (composer)

0000-00-00 Band | Elite Swingsters | Mtetwa, J. | South Africa