Music in Uganda: a brief report

  • Gerhard Kubik German Africa Society
Keywords: Music -- Uganda, Ethnomusicaology -- Uganda


We recorded several pan-pipe ensembles (EnkwanyJ) formed by rather young people in all sorts of social positions. (One excellent player and leader of a group turned out to be a bus conductor during day time). We also recorded an orchestra of eight gourd horns (Amagwara) near Kamuli. Amagwara have been recorded in the past by Hugh Tracey and I was extremely satisfied to see that such groups still exist. Among numerous songs we recorded a famous one called Waiswa mugudde. This title was already recorded by Hugh Tracey in the fifties during his visit to Busoga.