The King's musicians - Royalist music of Buganda
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
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Uganda. MA research diss., University of Wales, 1970
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International Folk Music Council, 3, 1971, p 79-90
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song", World of Music, xxix/2, 1987, p 49-68 (with F. Katamba)
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Kizza, (produced for use both in Uganda and in multi-cultural
UK, USA etc.), 1988, Edinburgh, 12pp.
Musilit Concert 1987 - Village music from Nkore, western Uganda.
(cassette - results of fieldwork in Uganda, 1987, produced
use by Ugandans), 1988
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,
"Exploring musical pitch systems", Bulletin of the UK Chapter of
International Council for Traditional Music, No. 27 Autumn 1990.
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(Uganda)", African Music,, vii/2, 1992, p 119-1225
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1994, p. 475-479 [On subject of inherent patterns in Ganda
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on the occasion of his 60th birthday Frankfurt, 1995. pp 147-160
"Music in an East African Court", Early Music, XXIV/3 August
"Regards Croisés sur la vie Musicale en Ouganda : 'Bwemba
anyumya' - Activité et diversité dans l'Ouganda contemporain".
article with Sam Kasule) Cahiers de Musiques traditionelles, 9,
Uganda: Village ensembles of Busoga CD VDE CD 925, (Archives
Internationales de Musique Populaire, Geneva and Disques VDE-GALLO
(recordings, documentation, song texts and translations). Geneva
"The music of East Africa: an Overview". Chapter in Encyclopedia
Music, vol 1. Africa . ed: R. Stone, New York and London, 1997
"Was Ssempeke just being kind? Listening to instrumental music
south of the Sahara.", World of Music, (1998-1999).
"The Musical Scene in Uganda - views from without and within".
article with Sam Kasule, in African Music , 7/iv, (1998-9)
"Report on Fieldwork in Northern Uganda, 1997", African Music ,
"Musical competitions in Northern Uganda", Ch. in 'Mashindano!
Music performance in East Africa', ed. F. Gunderson, and Gregory
es Salaam, 2000
³Appeasing the Spirits: Music, Possession, Divination and
Busoga, Eastern Uganda. Ch. In Indigenous Religious Musics ed.
Ralls-Macleod and Harvey, Ashgate, 2000
³The King¹s Musicians Royalist Music of Buganda, Uganda². CD
British Library and Topic Records TSCD 925, London 2003