Elgon Ngoma Troupe

Group Information

Elgon Ngoma Troupe


The group is led by Wilimbwa Julius who founded it in 2009 as a group for orphans or disadvantaged youths.  The group is named after the nearby mountain, Mount Elgon and the drumming style.

Performers include:  Bikumbi Yusuf (solo Adungu), Wamumdu Albashir (base Adungu), Kyasowbayo Joseph (xylophone) and Dkining David (tube fiddle).

Song meanings

“Isongja”:  a pre-circumcision song and dance where boys are challenged to get ready for the ritual..

“Kadodi Imbalu Dance”: this is about the circumcision ritual itself and involves the boy being relucntant and getting help from others to be brave and then having and surviving ritual.


Recording Information

21st November 2013

Recording location:

Elgon Ngoma Troupe Centre, Mbale

Audio by:

Steve Kivutia, Ketebul Music & Andy Patterson, Abubilla Music.

Mixed by Andy Patterson

Video by:

Patrick Ondiek, Ketebul Music; Jimmy Allen and Victoria Denison, Abubilla Music