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Chebusit | East African

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ILAM

A praise song with Kibugandet 5 string wish bone lyre, resonated on a parafin tin. The solo singer, singing in falsetto, praises his country and many of its desirable places. He mentions, among others, the Administrative centre at Kericho, some 25 miles away, which he says is 'full of words', referring to the information service supplied to the country by the office of the District Commissioner. This wishbone shaped frame lyre is help onto the top of an empty 4 gallon parafin tin. At the end of his song the lyre slipped off its resonator.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 4

Kinutit Arap Ngasura

1950-09-15 East African | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kericho | Kibugandet lyre | Kipsigis | Kipsigis district | Ngasura, Kinutit Arap | Praise song
Chemirocha (I) | East African

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ILAM

Praise song with Chepkongo 6 string bowl lyre. The main theme of this song is affection for the Kipsigis country. He also asks 'why the whitemen should have taken over the country' which incidentally they themselves took from others in the past. He comes, he says, from the Sotik nearby. The name 'Chemirocha' is their pronunciation of 'Jimmy Rodgers' whose gramophone records were the first to be heard in the district. It is now synonomous for anything strange or new.
Details from ILAM field card number: D6L 6

Cherwo Arap Korogorem
Bekyibei Arap Mosonick

1950-09-15 Bowl lyre | Chepkongo bowl lyre | Cheriro Arap | East African | Indigenous music | Kapkatet | Kenya | Kericho | Kipsigis | Kipsigis district | Korogorem | Mosonik, Bekyibei Arap | Praise song | Vocal
"Mzeno" | Southern African

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ILAM

Movement from the Ngodo xylophone orchestral dance of Regulo Nyankowongo with fourteen xylophones, two rattles and one horn.

Regulo Nyankowango is considered to be one of the minor chiefs under Regulo Mikumbi of the Inharrime District. Living as they do to the east of the central Chopi, their dialect is distinctive and influenced by the G'Tonga of the Inhambane District.
Further details refer ILAM field card (H1K4)

Hafu Kumbani (Leader)

1955-10-01 Chopi | Chopi | Dance music | Hafu Kumbani | Horn | Inharrime District | Mozambique | Ngodo | Orchestra | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Southern African | Timbila | Tonga | Xylophone
"Chiriri" | Southern African

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ILAM

Movement from the Ngodo xylophone orchestral dance of Regulo Nyankowongo with fourteen xylophones, two rattles and one horn.

Regulo Nyankowango is considered to be one of the minor chiefs under Regulo Mikumbi of the Inharrime District. Living as they do to the east of the central Chopi, their dialect is distinctive and influenced by the G'Tonga of the Inhambane District.

Further details refer ILAM field card (H1K5)

Hafu Kumbani (Leader)

1955-10-01 Chopi | Chopi | Dance music | Hafu Kumbani | Horn | Inharrime | Mozambique | Ngodo | Orchestra | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Southern African | Timbila | Tonga | Xylophone
Pongolo | Southern African

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ILAM

Movement from the Ngodo xylophone orchestral dance of Regulo Nyankowongo with fourteen xylophones, two rattles and one horn.

Regulo Nyankowango is considered to be one of the minor chiefs under Regulo Mikumbi of the Inharrime District. Living as they do to the east of the central Chopi, their dialect is distinctive and influenced by the G'Tonga of the Inhambane District.
Further details refer ILAM field card (H1K6)

Hafu Kumbani (Leader)

1955-10-01 Chopi | Chopi | Dance music | Hafu Kumbani | Horn | Inharrime District | Mozambique | Ngodo | Orchestra | Portuguese East Africa | Rattle | Southern African | Timbila | Tonga | Xylophone
Muchongolo (Part I) | Southern African

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ILAM

Dance music for Muchongolo Tumbling dance with 3 drums and clappers. Recorded at C.M.R. Mine, Transvaal, South Africa. The tumbling dance which has been developed by the Ndau people has not only spread south to neighbouring tribes, but has now become a favourite spectacle on the gold mines of South Africa, where its performance delights the miners of other tribes as well. It is usually acrobatic and humorous, and is performed to complex rhythms on the drums.
The performance of the dancers is frequently of a high order demanding considerable gymnastic ability. Details from ILAM field card (H1F-4A - B)

Ndau dancers. Leader: Pedro Simau Balani

1955-11-06 Clapper | Dance music | Danda | Drum | Folk music | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Mpanda | Mpege district | Ndau | Ndau | Pedro Simau Balani | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African
Muchongolo (Part II) | Southern African

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ILAM

Dance music for Muchongolo Tumbling dance with 3 drums and clappers. Recorded at C.M.R. Mine, Transvaal, South Africa. The tumbling dance which has been developed by the Ndau people has not only spread south to neighbouring tribes, but has now become a favourite spectacle on the gold mines of South Africa, where its performance delights the miners of other tribes as well. It is usually acrobatic and humorous, and is performed to complex rhythms on the drums.
The performance of the dancers is frequently of a high order demanding considerable gymnastic ability. Details from ILAM field card (H1F-4A - B)

Ndau dancers. Leader: Pedro Simau Balani

1955-11-06 Clappe | Dance music | Danda | Drum | Folk music | Indigenous music | Mozambique | Mpanda | Mpege district | Muchongolo | Ndau | Ndau | Pedro Simau Balani | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Tumbling
Ambia - "Mother-in-law" | Southern African

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ILAM

Self delectative song with mbira dza WaNdau. The performer is one of the few Tonga people who have learnt to play the Ndau instrument, the mbira dza WaNdau, which has travelled southwards since the time of the Shangaan chief Ngungunyana for whom the Ndau fought as a subservient tribe during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Several of the fighting men stayed in the south and married Tsonga women and their children have used the paternal instrument, singing to it traditional songs.Further details refer ILAM field card no. H1R-8.

Fabiao Dingani Mashawa

1955-10-11 Bileni district | Fabiao Dingani Mashawa | Hlanganu | Mbira | Mozambique | Portuguese East Africa | Southern African | Sul do Save Province | Tonga
Emong'o oluku papa kimong'ini | East African

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM record number: CR2016. Praise song with five string Adedu horizontal harp, clapping and leg rattles, 1 side blown Aluti horn. The Teso are a pastoral people and call their Chiefs by the names of bulls. They say their Chiefs are wise ruling over the people like bulls over the herds.

Iganitiyo Ekacholi and Teso men

1950-00-00 Adedeu harp | bells | Central African | Horn | Iganitiyo Ekacholi | Indigenous music | Lukiko | Mbale district | Praise song | Teso | Tororo | Uganda
Ai abei eong | Central African

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ILAM

Topical song with Auleru, vertical flute, open, four notes.

A clever use of the lower and upper octaves in the pipe. The lower follows the higher. The player blows across the square end of the open pipe.

Yowana and his friend Emugat

1950-00-00 Auleru flute | Central African | Emugat | Folk music | Lukiko | Mbale district | Teso | Tororo | Uganda | Yowana