The King's musicians - Royalist music of Buganda

This first paragraph comes from the back of the CD case:-

"Possibly no other African kingdom maintained such a rich variety of musical ensembles at their courts as the kabakas of Buganda. For several centuries their kingdom was the largest and most powerful state in central frica and their palaces resounded throughout each day with music. Here is a unique sample of this musical richness featuring the two different xylophone ensembles (entamiivu and akadinda), the royal flute players (abalere ba kabaka), the songs of the king’s harpist (omunnanga) and lyre players (abadongo) as well as praise drumming and dancing. In 1966 the kingdom was suppressed by Prime Minister Obote and Kabaka Muteesa fled into exile and died there. Though some of the old musicians gave an ecstatic welcome to Mutebi when he returned in 1987 the palace ensembles have yet be revived and some of this music may become little more than a dim memory."

This compilation is by Dr. Peter Cooke  

'Village Ensembles from Busoga' by Peter Cooke 

24 Songs of Uganda, (anthology of traditional songs). Kampala, 1966.
52pp. (out of print)

The Ganda Ndere: An examination of the notched flute of the Ganda people of
Uganda. MA research diss., University of Wales, 1970 (unpublished)

"Ganda xylophone music - another approach", Journal of African Music,
iv/4, 1970, p 62-75

"`Ludaya', A Transverse Flute from Eastern Uganda", Yearbook of the
International Folk Music Council, 3, 1971, p 79-90

"Rwenzururu Protest Songs", Africa, 52/1, 1982, p 37-60 (with M.
Doornbos)

"Ssematimba ne Kikwabanga : The music and poetry of a Ganda historical
song", World of Music, xxix/2, 1987, p 49-68 (with F. Katamba)

Teach yourself the Budongo, (12-page booklet and cassette), with C.
Kizza, (produced for use both in Uganda and in multi-cultural education in
UK, USA etc.), 1988, Edinburgh, 12pp.

Musilit Concert 1987 - Village music from Nkore, western Uganda.
(cassette - results of fieldwork in Uganda, 1987, produced principally for
use by Ugandans), 1988

Play Amadinda: Xylophone music from Uganda (Instructional cassette
and book), produced in collaboration with A. Ssempeke, (for use both in East
Africa and in multi-cultural education in UK, USA etc.) 1990, Edinburgh ,
29pp.

"Exploring musical pitch systems", Bulletin of the UK Chapter of the
International Council for Traditional Music, No. 27 Autumn 1990. pp 6-24

"Report on Pitch perception Experiments carried out in Buganda and Busoga
(Uganda)", African Music,, vii/2, 1992, p 119-1225

"Call and Response - A Reply to Ulrich Wegner", Ethnomusicology, 38/3,
1994, p. 475-479 [On subject of inherent patterns in Ganda xylophone music].

"Orchestral Melo-rhythm in Southern Uganda" , For Gerhard Kubik: Festschrift
on the occasion of his 60th birthday Frankfurt, 1995. pp 147-160

"Music in an East African Court", Early Music, XXIV/3 August 1996 ,
439-453

"Regards Croisés sur la vie Musicale en Ouganda : 'Bwemba nnyimba saagala
anyumya' - Activité et diversité dans l'Ouganda contemporain". (Joint
article with Sam Kasule) Cahiers de Musiques traditionelles, 9, (Geneva
1996), 147-166.

Uganda: Village ensembles of Busoga CD VDE CD 925, (Archives
Internationales de Musique Populaire, Geneva and Disques VDE-GALLO Lausanne)
(recordings, documentation, song texts and translations). Geneva 1997

"The music of East Africa: an Overview". Chapter in Encyclopedia of World
Music, vol 1. Africa . ed: R. Stone, New York and London, 1997

"Was Ssempeke just being kind? Listening to instrumental music in Africa
south of the Sahara.", World of Music, (1998-1999).

"The Musical Scene in Uganda - views from without and within". Joint
article with Sam Kasule, in African Music , 7/iv, (1998-9)

"Report on Fieldwork in Northern Uganda, 1997", African Music , 7/iv,
(1998-9)

"Musical competitions in Northern Uganda", Ch. in 'Mashindano! Competitive
Music performance in East Africa', ed. F. Gunderson, and Gregory Barz, Dar
es Salaam, 2000


³Appeasing the Spirits: Music, Possession, Divination and Healing in
Busoga, Eastern Uganda. Ch. In Indigenous Religious Musics ed.
Ralls-Macleod and Harvey, Ashgate, 2000

³The King¹s Musicians Royalist Music of Buganda, Uganda². CD published by
British Library and Topic Records TSCD 925, London 2003