The Batwa of Kisoro

Music-of-the-Batwa

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Album Description

The Singing Wells project travelled to Kisoro in southern Uganda in late November 2011. There we met and recorded the music of the Batwa communities. We were so taken by the music we heard, we then invited some of the musicians back to Nairobi to record more of their music at the Ketebul Studios.

The album begins in the village of the Birara Community – with the village leader Francis taking the main role on the performance. The Mperwa dancers are included, whose leader Jovah stunned us with her voice during the recordings in their village – featured on the album cover. Our trip to the UN refugee camp at Nyakabande was a happy one, as it was empty. The Togetherness group gave us a spirited performance and one of the tracks is on the album.

The remainder of the field recordings were made at the Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro – battling through torrential rain, a storm of locusts and power cuts to be able to record. The Kabahenda, Gatera and Micyingo communities performing for us under the veranda of the hotel.

Also included is an influences session where Winyo collaborated with the Mperwa Dancers; a collaboration between Jesse Bukindu and Francis from the Birara Dancers, recorded at the Travellers rest, and three tracks recorded in the Ketebul studios in Nairobi. Tiny Moses, from the Micyngo Community joined us in Nairobi to record his songs. Jovah from Mperwa also joined us for a recording. The album is rounded off by a version of a song that almost all of the groups performed – ‘Imperake’ performed by a group of the Batwa women – in the Ketebul Studio in Nairobi.

 

Track information

  1. The Birara Dancers - Iyenzagwa Ndagwagwana

    Recording Location – Birara Village, Kisroro, Uganda, 28th November 2011
    Recorded by Jesse Bukindu, mixed by Andy Patterson

  2. Mperwa Dancers - Ihorerewe

    Recording Location – Mperwa Village, Kisoro, Uganda, 29th November 2011
    Recorded by Willie Gachuche, mixed by Andy Patterson

  3. Kanyabukunga Twifatanye - Uganda Yacu Irakaramba

    Recording Location – Nyakabande Reception Centre, Kisoro, Uganda, 29th November 2011
    Recorded by Willie Gachuche, mixed by Andy Patterson

  4. Micyingo (Kisoro Hill) Community - Mubirunga Harazamuka

    Recording Location – Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro, Uganda, 29th November 2011
    Recorded by Steve Kivutia, Mixed by Andy Patterson

  5. Kabahenda Community - Aye

    Recording Location – Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro, 30th November 2011.
    Recorded by Steve Kivutia, Mixed by Andy Patterson

  6. Gatera Community - Murebe Akarigito Kimanzi

    Recording Location – Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro, Uganda
    Recorded by Steve Kivuita, mixed by Andy Patterson

  7. Kamuntu Moses

    Recording Location – Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro, Uganda
    Recorded by Mixed by Andy Patterson

  8. Mperwa Dancers and Winyo - Bashitse Bahire (Influences recording)

    Recording Location – Mperwa Village, Kisoro, Uganda on the 23rd November 2011
    Recorded by Willie Gachuche, mixed by Andy Patterson

  9. Francis and Jesse

    Recording Location – Travellers Rest Hotel, Kisoro, 24th November 2011.
    Recorded by Steve Kivutia, Mixed by Andy Patterson

  10. Tiny Moses in Nairobi

    Recording Location – Ketebul Studios, Nairobi
    Recorded by Jesse Bukindu, mixed by Andy Patterson

  11. Jovah Influences

    Recording Location – Ketebul Studios, Nairobi
    Recorded by Jesse Bukindu, mixed by Andy Patterson

  12. Imperake

    Recording Location – Ketebul Studios, Nairobi
    Recorded by by Jesse Bukindu, Mixed by Andy Patterson