Xylophone music of Uganda: theembaire of Nakibembe, Busoga

  • James Micklem
  • Andrew Cooke
  • Mark Stone


The amadinda and akadinda xylophone music of Buganda1 2 have been well described in the past (Anderson 1968). Good players of these xylophones now seem to be extremely scarce, and they are rarely performed in Kampala. Both instruments, although brought from villages in Buganda, formed part of a great musical tradition associated with the Kabaka’s palace. After 1966, when the palace was overrun by government forces and the kingdom abolished, the royal musicians were cut off from their traditional role.
How to Cite
Micklem, J., A. Cooke, and M. Stone. “Xylophone Music of Uganda: Theembaire of Nakibembe, Busoga ”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 7, no. 4, Nov. 1999, pp. 29-46, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v7i4.1996.